Dr Shagun Aggarwal
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
B.Sc(Med), MBBS(Hons1), MS, FRACS(Plast)
Dr Aggarwal is a specialist Plastic Surgeon holding VMO positions at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred (RPA), Prince of Wales (POW), Royal Hospital for Women (RHW), and Sydney Adventist Hospitals (SAN) as well as multiple other private hospitals and day surgeries within Sydney.
Dr Aggarwal grew up in Sydney and graduated as Dux of James Ruse Agricultural High School. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees from UNSW, where he was awarded prizes for first place in Anatomy, Practical Anatomy and Medical Pharmacology. His passion and aptitude for anatomy, as well as his interest in art led him to pursue a career in plastic surgery. He undertook a year of general surgery training, followed by five years of training in plastic and reconstructive surgery under the auspices of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), resulting in his award of FRACS(Plast).
Dr Aggarwal excelled in his years of training, receiving the John Lowenthal medal in 2010 when he completed a Master of Surgery through the University of Sydney. He was also awarded the Gordon Gordon-Taylor Medal for first place in Australia and New Zealand in the RACS Surgical Primary exams. In addition, Dr Aggarwal was awarded the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) Prize on two occasions for the best aesthetic essay in 2013 and 2014.
After completion of his Australian training, Dr Aggarwal undertook further sub-specialty training in highly regarded fellowships abroad. He completed a fellowship in breast reconstruction and aesthetic/cosmetic surgery of the breast, face and body with Dr Mitchell Brown and Dr John Semple at the University of Toronto, Canada. He subsequently completed a Microsurgery Fellowship (via the competitive microsurgery match system) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, where he worked alongside world-renowned surgeons Dr Joseph Serletti, Dr Liza Wu and Dr Scott Levin and performed a high volume of microsurgical reconstructions (free flaps) of the breast, head and neck and upper and lower limb as primary operator.
Dr Aggarwal is passionate about breast reconstruction – he is one of the few surgeons in Sydney who routinely performs perforator flaps (DIEP reconstruction) for breast reconstruction. He also offers other autologous reconstructions (muscle-sparing TRAM, TUG, Lat dorsi), as well as implant-based breast reconstruction. Dr Aggarwal’s knowledge and experience from high volume, low morbidity centres of excellence have been invaluable in delivery of a high quality surgical service to his patients in Sydney. His professional and personable nature results in excellent patient satisfaction both in surgical results and the patient journey.
He continues to be involved in teaching and education. For two years Dr Aggarwal was a representative of trainees on the National Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He continues to be involved in the training of future plastic surgeons through his positions at RPA, POW, RHW and the SAN, medical students from the University of Sydney at both RPA and SAN and medical students from UNSW at POW and RHW. Dr Aggarwal regularly collaborates with his colleagues in Australia and North America to further plastic surgery research. In December 2016 Dr Aggarwal published a paper on venous thromboembolism in free flap breast reconstruction patients in the Journal of Microsurgery.
In addition to breast reconstruction, Dr Aggarwal specialises in skin cancer surgery, hand surgery and aesthetic surgery. He sees patients at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (Camperdown), Gordon, Hornsby and Hunters Hill. .
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM)
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Current Teaching Positions
Affiliated with medical student teaching at UWS, USYD and UNSW
Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Registrars (Training Plastic Surgeons) at RPA, POW, RHW and Sydney Adventist Hospital.