Mr Brian Sommerlad



GMC number: 1303261

Practising since: 1966


Plastic Surgery

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Mr Brian Sommerlad is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital specialising in Cleft Lip and Palate and associated conditions.

Mr Sommerlad is an Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, and at the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. He was the first Clinical Director of the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service (GOStA).

Mr Sommerlad is a past president of both the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Although involved in many aspects of plastic surgery, Mr Sommerlad's main activity now is centred around surgery for children and adults with cleft of lip and palate and associated conditions.

Mr Sommerlad has been particularly involved in the development of the operating microscope for cleft palate repair and in refining surgery for repair of the muscles in cleft palate, and in re-repairing the cleft palate as an alternative to pharyngoplasty in some patients. Details of publications on these and other subjects can be found in his online CV.

Mr Sommerlad regularly visits countries where cleft lip and palate services are less well-developed, to work with local surgeons and to assist in their development of multi-disciplinary teams. He works regularly with cleft teams in Bangladesh, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Iran, the Kurdish region of Iraq, and Uganda.

Mr Sommerlad was co-founder and now Chairman of CLEFT, a charity established in 2007 to fund the research activities of the Great Ormond Street / St Andrew’s cleft lip and palate team and also to support the activities of teams in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Egypt and the Kurdish Region of Iraq. CLEFT aim to bridge the gap - physically in enabling surgical repair, scientifically in funding research which aims to bridge gaps in knowledge and internationally in helping to bridge the gap between the care available to children born with clefts in poorer countries and the care available in countries such as the UK.

Special interests


  • Skin cancers and other skin lesions
  • General plastic surgery
  • Congenital deformities, especially cleft lip and palate
  • Scar revision 

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Brian Sommerlad at Nuffield Health

  • Capsulectomy
  • Rhinoplasty (or nose reshaping)

Locations Mr Brian Sommerlad works with

Related experience


89 peer reviewed articles and several books / chapters.


  • British Medical Association
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic surgeons (BAPRAS)
  • Craniofacial Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • European Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Other posts held

  • Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
  • Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

Insurers Mr Brian Sommerlad works with

Mr Brian Sommerlad works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Simplyhealth
  • WPA
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Mr Brian Sommerlad does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Brian Sommerlad does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Brian Sommerlad does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.