David Gault

David Gault qualified at Edinburgh University, trained in Plastic Surgery in London, and gained further experience in Paris, California and Japan. He was Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex and The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, England, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College, London. A Visiting Professor, he set up the UK’s first ear reconstruction centres almost thirty years ago.

A talented artist and sculptor, and an international authority on skin lasers and ear reconstruction, he had a particular interest in the causes and correction of failed aesthetic surgery.


The pioneer of safe ear correction surgery in the UK, David Gault developed a no-surgery device for babies when one of his own children was born with a misshapen ear. EarBuddies™, tiny splints which can correct most baby ear deformities, are now used by parents, hospitals and professional fitters worldwide. The Royal College of Surgeons recommend that all families are made aware of ear splinting early, so that minor deformities can be corrected quickly, avoiding teasing and surgery in later life.

His advances in surgery for ear deformity have permitted better results with shorter procedures and less risk.

In a combined project with the Swansea Institute, he developed the first Depilation (hair removal) Laser, and worked with Rhytec on Plasma Skin Regeneration technology to improve the appearance of ageing skin. He designed an extravasation technique to flush-out noxious chemotherapy drugs when they leak out of veins, an innovation which saves a number of limbs each year.

David Gault has written over 160 original academic publications based on his research, and was a regular faculty member and invited speaker at international meetings.



  • Medical Research Council, French Exchange Fellow (1987)
  • Ethicon Travelling Scholarship (1987)
  • Wellington Foundation Scholarship (1989)
  • BAPS Travelling Bursary (1990)
  • Arnold Huddart Medal, The Craniofacial Society of Great Britain (1990)
  • Certificate of Educational Merit (BMA) for film “Extravasation Injuries” (1991)
  • Certificate of Special Merit, World Federation of Physical Therapists 1991 for film “The Hand”
  • Daily Star “Gold” Award 1992 (Reconstruction of the “Samurai Sword” Policeman, Rob Window)
  • Merit Award, National Health Service (July 1996)
  • Hackett Prize, BAAPS (December 1996)
  • Contributor to Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Oncology (2003)
  • Winner of George Davey Howells Memorial Prize for most distinguished published contribution to the advancement of Otolaryngology during the preceding five years.
  • CC Wu Visiting Professorship, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2004)
  • Merit, Surgery Team of the Year, Hospital Doctor Awards (2005)