Recently farewelled Dr David Crabb who is retiring and welcomed Dr Chris Powell on board.

Rodney Surgical Centre recently farewelled Dr David Crabb who is retiring and welcomed Dr Chris Powell on board.

We were privileged to have someone of Dr Crabb`s calibre. His recent focus has been the running of breast and skin cancer reconstructive service both in private and DHB public practice.

We would like to thank him for the exceptional patient services provision to our patients and wish him well in his European travels.

We are delighted to have Mr Chris Powell with us who is a UK trained plastic surgeon. He graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School in the UK in 2001. He undertook his junior surgical and plastic surgical training in a number of London teaching hospitals before completing his senior plastic surgical training in Exeter and Bristol in Southwest England.

From 2015 to 2017 Chris completed higher specialist training fellowships in Hand and Wrist Surgery (St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia), Reconstructive Microsurgery (Leeds General Infirmary, UK) and Cosmetic Surgery (The London Clinic, UK)

He held consultant posts at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital in the UK for 4 years before coming to New Zealand in March 2021 and taking up a post as consultant plastic surgeon in Whangarei Hospital, Northland. He has spent a year working with David Crabb, mastering his fat transfer technique, and is now the principal surgeon at Northland Plastic Surgery.

Mr Powell is a keen teacher and has regularly been part of the invited faculty on national and international courses training the next generation of surgeons.

His Special Interests are:

  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Skin Surgery (skin cancer, lumps and bumps, scar revision)
  • Breast Surgery (including fat transfer, implant removal, augmentation and reduction)
  • Cosmetic Surgery

As the only day stay surgical centre between Albany and Whangarei we are pleased to bring these expert plastic surgery services closer to our patients.

Please email your referrals to or contact us on 09 425 1190.

Our professional and friendly team is looking forward to assisting you with all of your enquiries.

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