My Biography

I am a British and American trained Board certified Plastic Surgeon, with a special interest in Paediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery. I am the UAE’s first and only formally trained paediatric plastic surgeon. I have devised a new concept and surgery technique to correct the cleft nose deformity, in children with cleft lip and palate. I have two patent pending inventions in the field of cleft and craniofacial surgery. Prior to joining Al Jalila Children’s, Dr. Derek was Consultant Paediatric Plastic Surgeon at Cambridge University Foundation Hospital in Cambridge, England.

Dr. Derek established a new department of craniofacial and plastic surgery in Bangalore, India for 6 years. He was the first surgeon to introduce endoscopic craniosynostosis surgery to South Asia. Dr. Derek maintains a keen academic interest with over 30 scientific publications and is a frequent speaker at national and international plastic surgery conferences. Dr. Derek is the author of the textbook: Childrens Plastic Surgery. He has 2 patent pending inventions in the field of cleft and craniofacial surgery, which are being further developed by the University of Cambridge. He is a reviewer and member of the Cochrane Wounds Group, Oxford and a Craniofacial surgery reviewer for two prestigious Plastic Surgery journals. Dr. Mendonca is an active member of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA), American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons [ASMS], British Association of Plastic Surgeons (BAPRAS), British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), and a full member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons,Glasgow(RCPSG).

Dr. Derek also offers expertise in congenital hand surgery, nerve surgery, brachial plexus surgery, burns and scar reconstruction and tendon transfer surgery.

  • Speciality
    • Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery
    • Craniofacial Reconstruction
    • Craniosynostosis
    • Paediatric Plastic Surgery
    • Ear & Nose Reconstruction
    • Facial Palsy Reanimation Surgery
    • Oculoplastic Surgery
    • Paediatric Hand & Foot Surgery
  • Degrees

    FRCS Plastic Surgery

  • Areas of Expertise
    • Congenital Hand Surgery
    • Nerve Surgery
    • Brachial Plexus Surgery
    • Burns & Scar Reconstruction
    • Tendon Transfer Surgery
  • Office

    Al Jalila Children's Speciality Hospital

  • University

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

Awards And Honours

He has 2 patent pending inventions in the field of cleft and craniofacial surgery, which are being further developed by the University of Cambridge.

Patent: Implantable Docking Multi-vector Bone Distractor

(us US 62/238295)
This invention takes away the pain, discomfort and complication rate associated with traditional external and internal Craniofacial distractors.

Patent: Stereotactic Navigation Flexible Robot in Craniofacial Surgery

(us US 62/184237)
This invention incorporates the principles of Minimally Invasive Robotic surgery into Craniofacial Surgery. The stereotactic robot will be able to execute skull bone osteotomies through a small incision and can be remotely controlled and manipulated.

Medical Education

He completed his Specialist Registrar Plastic Surgery training at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom. He obtained the MRCS and FRCS (Plastic) qualification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, and is credentialed with the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Plastic Surgery. He did a National Interface fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery in Leicester, England where he worked at the BUPA and Nuffield private hospitals network. Dr. Derek obtained an advanced fellowship in Craniofacial and Paediatric Plastic Surgery for 1 year at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA, one of America’s top three academic medical centres, whose hospitals (St. Louis Children’s and Barnes Jewish Hospital) are consistently ranked as one of America’s best hospitals.


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow

FRCS (Plastic)