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Maxillofacial Prosthetists Win Top Honours

Maxillofacial prosthetists Michael O’Neil from the Southern General Hospital and George Payne from Glasgow Royal Infirmary have scooped prestigious awards at an international conference.

Michael, who undertook a research master’s degree, pioneered a technique where you can enhance surgical results for patients who undergo jaw surgery operations.

His technique involves preplanning the operation on 3D Models of the patient’s skull which has correctly proportioned teeth.

More recently he has worked with John Devine, lead consultant head and neck surgeon at the Southern General Hospital, to use 3D technology to help treat patients who suffer from oral and facial cancer. 

He presented both his research projects at the International Maxillofacial Prosthesis and Technologists Conference in Inverness and was awarded ‘The Wim de Ruiter Delft Plate Award’.

George was awarded ‘The Mount Vernon Award’ for outstanding clinical or technical practice.

Staff at the maxillofacial department of the Southern General Hospital were delighted with George and Michael’s achievement as they are the first from the department to win these prestigious awards.

Pictured from left - Michael with John Devine, lead consultant head and neck surgeon, Fraser Walker, honorary secretary, The Institute of Maxillofacial Prosthetists and Technologists and George Payne