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About Nora Nugent

Ms Nora Nugent is a fully accredited plastic surgeon. She is registered on the specialist register in plastic surgery with the General Medical Council (GMC No: 6116591) and the Irish Medical Council (IMC No: 23855). Nora holds the FRCS (Plast) qualification as well as a certificate of completion of specialist training in plastic surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She is certified in all areas of cosmetic surgery under the Royal College of Surgeons of England Cosmetic Surgery Certification Scheme.


  • Tatler Top Doctor in Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide 2022 – 2022
  • Clinical Excellence Awards 2015 & 2016 (Queen Victoria Hospital)
  • South Eastern Research Presentation Prize 2002 (Waterford Regional Hospital)
  • McArdle Prize in Surgery 2000 (St. Vincent’s University Hospital)
  • McGrath Prize in Pathology 1999 (St. Vincent’s University Hospital)
  • John McGrath Memorial Prize in Legal Medicine 1999 (University College Dublin)


  • MB BCh BAO (Hons) (UCD)
  • BMedSci (Hons) (UCD)
  • FRCSI (Plast)
  • European Diploma in Hand Surgery (FESSH/UEMS)
  • Certificate in Healthcare Management (UCD)
  • Completion of Specialist Training in Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
  • Medico-Legal Foundation Certificate (Cardiff University)
  • Certification in all areas of Cosmetic Surgery (Royal College of Surgeons in England)


  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 2012
  • NHS Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital 2012 – 2022 (world famous for plastic surgery & burns)
  • Working in plastic surgery since 2003
  • Medical school & specialist plastic surgery training in Ireland with fellowship (subspecialist high level) training in the US (Texas) and Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) including aesthetic surgery
  • Specialist interest in aesthetic surgery particularly of the face and breast but also body contouring and aesthetic medicine
  • Extensive experience in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery


Nora Nugent has a specialist interest in aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery particularly of the face and breast but also undertakes body contouring and aesthetic medical treatments.


Nora graduated from medical school at University College Dublin and completed her basic surgical training and specialist training in plastic surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. To further develop her clinical expertise, she then undertook specialist fellowships in North America and Australia. Training in advanced burn critical care and burn surgery (acute and reconstructive) was undertaken during her fellowship at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston, Texas. Prior to taking up her consultant post, Nora obtained additional subspecialty training in Australia completing a plastic surgery fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. This encompassed both reconstructive surgery (including microsurgery) and all areas of aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery. Finally she completed a hand surgery fellowship with Victorian Hand Surgery Associates, Melbourne. On returning from Australia, she took up a consultant post with the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.


Purity Bridge (where Ms Nugent’s practice is based) is a recognised BAAPS Host Centre for the BAAPS Aesthetic Mentorship Scheme which trains and mentors senior plastic surgery trainees in aesthetic surgery. Ms Nugent is also on faculty for the UCL MSc in Aesthetic Surgery and the Professional Behaviours in Aesthetic Surgery Masterclass run by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and part of the requirement for Cosmetic Surgery Certification. She has recently joined the European faculty for Mentor (J & J) to provide aesthetic breast surgery education and consultancy work.

Ms Nugent was the Surgical Tutor for Plastic Surgery in Queen Victoria Hospital and the Programme Director for Core Surgical Trainees from 2013 to 2018. She is a trained Educational and Clinical Supervisor with KSS Deanery for plastic surgery trainees and is involved in teaching and clinical training of plastic surgery trainees.

Nora is regularly invited to lecture at national and international plastic surgery conferences on her areas of expertise. She is a Contributing Editor for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum, an International Editorial Board Member for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and reviews journal articles for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery amongst others.

Nora has published clinical studies in several national and international medical journals and has presented her work to plastic surgery professional meetings. She has co-authored a number of book chapters in her areas of clinical specialisation. She has published plastic surgery topics for the online learning tool e-LPRAS. She has been a research supervisor for medical students in Brighton and Sussex Medical School.


  • Member of Council BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) since 2018
  • Chair, BAAPS Support since 2020
  • Member of Council Plastic Surgery Section of RSM (Royal Society of Medicine) 2012 – 2020
  • President of Plastic Surgery Section RSM 2016 – 2017


  • Secretary ESAPS/EASAPS (European Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons/European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) since 2022
  • Board Member ESAPS/EASAPS since 2019


  • Contributing Editor ASJOF (Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum)
  • Member of International Editorial Board ASJ (Aesthetic Surgery Journal)
  • Multiple scientific papers and book chapters published in plastic surgery medical literature
  • Invited lecturer for national and international plastic surgery meetings
  • Faculty for PBAS (RCSEng)
  • Member of European Educational Faculty for Mentor (J & J)
  • Faculty for MSc Aesthetic Surgery UCL
  • Mentor Host Centre for BAAPS Aesthetic Mentorship Scheme


  • Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital 2012 – 2022
  • Surgical Tutor for Plastic Surgery QVH 2013 – 2018 – overseeing plastic surgery training at QVH
  • Clinical Lead for Burns QVH 2018 – 2022
  • Deputy Chair LSEBN (London & South-East Burn Network) ODN 2020 – 2021
  • Chair LSEBN ODN 2021 – 2022


  • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons 
  • British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • BAAPS Support
  • European Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • The Aesthetic Society
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Rhinoplasty Society of Europe
  • Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons


  • Contributing Editor (Body Contouring Section) Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum
  • Member of International Editorial Board Aesthetic Surgery Journal