Dr Lily Vrtik (previously known as Dr Lily Chen) graduated from the Medical Faculty of University of Western Australia in 1999. During her early years of surgical training, she worked at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as well as Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. She completed her last two years of Plastic Surgery training in Queensland, at Princess Alexandra Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women Hospital. In 2002, she also spent 12 months working at the world-renowned Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan in their famous plastic and reconstructive unit. During these 12 months, she trained in acute and reconstructive burn surgery, reconstructive surgery for craniofacial, hand and lower limb trauma, as well as cancer reconstructive surgery with a major focus on microsurgical skills. During her training, she was also involved in various research projects, including the effect of smoking on microcirculation, outcomes of breast reconstruction, surgery in chronic burn scars as well as the use of skin cell cultures in burn injuries. Having spent most of her university life working as a piano teacher, Lily continues her enthusiasm for teaching in the field of Surgery. She is regularly involved in educational sessions for other doctors, in particular, general practitioners. She also holds public consultant position at Princess Alexandra Hospital where she participates in the teaching of junior doctors, medical and nursing students. Lily has also been an active instructor and faculty member in EMSB (Early Management in Severe Burns) for over 7 years. Lily’s main responsibility in her public hospital practice at PAH is the breast reconstruction waitlist. She also has private practice at the Mater Private, North West Private and St Andrew’s Hospital in Brisbane.
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