Mr Norbert Kang

Consultant Plastic Surgeon


About Mr Norbert Kang

Mr Kang is a consultant plastic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. He graduated from Charing Cross and Wesminster Medical School (now part of Imperial College) in 1989 and undertook basic surgical training in Washington DC and Leeds. He trained in plastic surgery in London including fellowships in the peripheral nerve injury unit in Stanmore.

Clinical profile

He was appointed as a consultant in 2002 and has specific interests in all aspects of hand surgery, prosthetic reconstruction and prominent ear correction. He has been performing bone-anchor surgery since 2005 an has an active research interest in this and allied areas, such as targeted muscle reinnervation surgery. He is a founder member of Relimb.

Special interests

  • Prominent Ears
  • Hand surgery – especially rheumatoid arthritis and reconstruction after trauma
  • Prosthetic reconstruction of the upper limb
  • Hypospadias and general reconstruction of male genitalia
  • Skin lesions and skin cancer

Procedures Offered

  • earFold for prominent ear correction


  • Plastic Surgery

Clinical interests

  • Hand surgery (all aspects)
  • Prosthetic reconstruction
  • Bone-anchor surgery
  • Amputee revision
  • Targeted muscle reinnervation

Hypospadias surgery

Research interests

  • Mr Kang is very interested in prosthetic reconstruction of the upper limb and is actively involved in research to improve the interface between humans and prosthetic technology.

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    The Pathological Effects of Glove and Condom Dusting Powders
    Kang NV, Griffin D, Ellis H, J Applied Toxicology, 12 (6): 443-449 1992

    Tuberculous Osteitis of the Skull: Case report and review of the literature Kirollos R, Tyagi A, Kang NV, British J Neurosurgery, 10(4): 399-401 1996

    Our Experience With The Use Of The Dorsal Ulnar Artery Flap In Hand And Wrist Tissue Cover Antonopoulos D, Kang NV, DeBono R, J Hand Surgery (Br), 22B:6: 739-744 1997

    Diagnostic Methods In Metastatic Melanoma
    Kang NV, Yong A, Wong WL, Surgery, 16(11):v-vii 1998

    Unilateral Hypertrophy of the Face Associated with Infiltrating Lipomatosis Kang NV, Ross D, Harrison D, Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 56:885-887 1998

    Streptococcal Myositis Misdiagnosed as Hamstring Injury
    Kang NV, Antonopoulos D, Khanna A, J Accident & Emerg Med 15(6): 425-426 1998

    Isolation Of Human Tumour-Specific Antibodies By Selection Of An Antibody Phage Library On Melanoma Cells. Kupsch J, Tidman N, Kang N, Truman H, Newton-Bishop J, Leigh I, & Crowe JS, Clinical Cancer Research, 5(4): 925-31 1999

    Managing Scalds And Burns In General Practise
    Kang NV, Pulse, 59(15):89-90 1999

    Compartment Syndrome Due To Thrombolytic Therapy
    Hettiaratchy S, Kang NV, Powell BP, J Royal Soc of Med, 92:99-079.1-2 1999

    Efficient In Vivo Targeting Of Malignant Melanoma By Single-Chain Fv Antibody Fragments (scFv)
    Kang NV, Wilson GS, Hamilton S, Sanders R, Kupsch J, Melanoma Res, 9(6): 545-56 1999

    Our Experience With The Use Of The Dorsal Ulnar Artery Flap In Hand And Wrist Tissue Cover Antonopoulos D, Kang NV, DeBono R, Yearbook of Hand Surgery, 1999, Chapter 4, pg 59-60, Mosby

    The Real Ring Constriction Syndrome
    Kang NV, Gault D, BJPS, 53(7): 634 2000

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy in malignant melanoma: a series of 100 consecutive patients.
    Hettiaratchy SP, Kang N, O’Toole G, Allan R, Cook MG, Powell BW Br J Plast Surg, 53(7): 559-62 2000

    In vivo Targeting Of Malignant Melanoma By 125I and 99mTc Labelled Single-Chain Fv Against High Molecular Weight Melanoma Associated Antigen
    Kang NV, Hamilton S, Odili J, Wilson GS, Kupsch J, Clin Cancer Res, 6(12): 4921-31 2000

    Congenital Absence of the Juncturae Tendini Contributing to Dislocation of the Extensor Tendons
    Kang NV, Smith PJ, J Hand Surg (Am), 26(3): 501-505 2001

    Principal Research Assistant for the 4th edition of “The Hand” by Graham Lister Ed Mr Paul J Smith
    Churchill Livingstone, London, 2001

    Plastic Surgery Research in the United Kingdom
    Kang NV, Sanders R, Br J Plast Surg, 55(6):463-8 2002

    Miniplate fixation for avulsion injuries of the flexor digitorum profundus insertion
    Kang NV, Pratt A, Burr N, J Hand Surg (Br), 28(4 ): 363-368 2003

    Enzymatic Digestion of Keloid Scars by Collagenase
    Kang NV, Sivakumar B, Gault D, Sanders R, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006;59(7):693-9

    Acute compartment syndrome of the forearm following intramuscular injection of an anabolic steroid: A case report. Akhavani MA, Kang NV, Injury Extra (2006) 37, 407—408

    The “Hamburger” technique for cartilage grafts in nipple reconstruction
    Norton S, Akhavani M, Kang NV, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2007;60(8):957-9.

    Reconstruction in the axilla with a pedicled pectoralis minor muscle flap Shah R, Kang N, Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2006 Jul;88(4):W9-11

    A Novel Technique To Suspend The Brow
    Marsh D, Jallali N, Kang NV, Ann Plast Surg. 2006 Feb ;56:222

    Bleeding after punch biopsy
    Rudge B, Jallali N, Pacifico M, Kang NV, Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2007;60(9):1078-9

    Hypoxia-driven angiogenesis is a key feature of tendon disease in rheumatoid arthritis Sivakumar B, Akhavani MA, Kang N, Taylor P, Paleolog E , Rheumatology (Oxf) 2006; 45(Suppl 1):i39 (41)

    Trigger thumb in a fish-owner
    Abood A, Kang N, J R Soc Med. 2006 Jul;99(7):370

    Chest wall reconstruction using a prolene/hydroxyapatite paste sandwich Akhavani MA, Gore S, Kang N, Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Feb;119(2):761-2

    Chest wall reconstruction using a turbocharged chimaeric anterolateral thigh flap Gore SM, Akhavani MA, Kang N, Chana JS, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2007 Mar 26

    The tuberous breast revisited
    Pacifico MD, Kang NV, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2007 May;60(5):455-64

    Synovial hypoxia as a cause of tendon rupture in rheumatoid arthritis
    Sivakumar B, Akhavani MA, Winlove P, Paleolog E, Kang N, J Hand Surg (Am). 2008 Jan;33(1):49-58

    Treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum with the anti-TNFalpha drug – Etanercept. Rogge FJ, Pacifico M, Kang N. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008;61(4):431-3

    The morbidity of the button-over-nail technique for zone 1 flexor tendon repairs. Should we still be using this technique?
    Kang N, Marsh D, Dewar D. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2008 Oct;33(5):566-70

    Hypospadias – 1 or 2 stages?
    Kang NV, Pacfico MD – Book chapter in “Evidence for Plastic Surgery” – edited by Mr Chris Stone – 2008

    Reinserting the central slip – A novel method for treating boutonniere deformity in rheumatoid arthritis.
    Fox A, Kang N. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008

    Angiogenesis and plastic surgery.
    Akhavani MA, Sivakumar B, Paleolog EM, Kang N. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008 Dec;61(12):1425-37.

    Hypoxia upregulates angiogenesis and synovial cell migration in rheumatoid arthritis
    Akhavani MA, Madden L, Buysschaert I, Sivakumar B, Kang N, Paleolog
    Arthritis Research & Therapy 2009 Vol 11 No 3

    Quilting of full thickness grafts in the hand.
    Akhavani MA, McKinnell T, Kang NV. 2010 Sep;63(9):1534-7. Epub 2009 Oct 22

    Surgery of the Hand
    Kang NV, Pearl R, Ovens L – Book chapter in “Operative Orthopaedics: The Stanmore Guide” – 2009

    Patient satisfaction and aesthetic outcomes after ear reconstruction with a Branemark-type, bone-anchored, ear prosthesis: A 16 year review.
    Younis I, Gault D, Sabbagh W, Kang NV, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Oct;63(10):1650-5

    Osseocutaneous Integration of an Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis (ITAP) Implant Used for Reconstruction of a Transhumeral Amputee: Case Report
    Kang NV, Pendegrass C, Marks L, Blunn G, J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Jul;35(7):1130-4

    A morphometric study of the human ear.
    Alexander S, Sivakumar B, Stott D, Kang N, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2011 Jan;64(1):41-7

    Obesity in mammaplasty: a study of complications following breast reduction
    Shah R, Ajam Y, Sivakumar B, Kang NV, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2011 Apr;64(4):508-143

    A cheap and readily available alternative to the 10cc syringe lock for Coleman fat grafting
    Alexander S, Kang NV, J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Jul;63(7):e590. Epub 2010 Feb 20

    Osseointegration and related treatment modalities: Future perspectives, quality of life and treatment simplification
    Blunn G, Kang NV, Cannon S, Pendergrass C Proceedings of the first PI Branemark Scientific Symposium, Gothenburg 2009: Eds; Robert Gottlander, Daniel van Steenberghe. Pages 327-334

    Muscle hypoxia in rheumatoid hands: does it play a role in ulnar drift?
    Akhavani MA, Paleolog EM, Kang N. J Hand Surg Am. 2011 Apr;36(4):677-85

    Epithelioid haemagioendotheioma: Occasionally encountered and potentially harmful Henton JM, Kang N J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2012

    Use of ITAP implants for prosthetic reconstruction of extra-oral craniofacial defects. Kang NV, Morritt D, Pendegrass C, Blunn G. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Apr;66(4):497-505

    The Use of a Bone-Anchored Device as a Hard-Wired Conduit for Transmitting EMG Signals from Implanted Muscle Electrodes.
    Al-Ajam Y, Lancashire H, Pendegrass C, Kang N, Dowling R, Taylor S, Blunn G. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2013

    Effect of human urine on the tensile strength of sutures used for hypospadias surgery.
    Kerstein RL, Sedaghati T, Seifalian AM, Kang N. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2013 Apr 1. pii: S1748-6815(13)00073-9

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