Mr Daniel Thornton

MB ChB, MRCS, M Phil, FRCS(Plast), Dipl Hand Surgery

  • Specialities Body Contouring, Cosmetic Breast Surgery, Breast Surgery, Aesthetic Breast Surgery, Liposculpture
  • Telephone 01133 882 067
  • Year of first qualification 1996
  • Email
  • Languages spoken


  • GMC Number 4311135
  • Fax 0113 301 0245


Mr Daniel Thornton is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, based at Leeds General Infirmary. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds.

Mr Daniel Thornton graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School and completed his specialist training in Plastic Surgery in the Yorkshire region. Following this, he undertook further training in hand surgery, comprising two nationally recognized advanced training fellowships in hand surgery (Pulvertaft Centre, Derby and Leeds General Infirmary). He also successfully passed the Diploma in Hand Surgery.

Mr Thornton’s interests include medical education and he regularly teaches on postgraduate hand surgery and advanced trauma and life support courses run by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, in addition to regionally organized courses in hand and plastic surgery.

Mr Thornton offers a comprehensive range of plastic, hand and aesthetic surgery procedures. His private practice mirrors his NHS specialist interests of hand surgery, skin cancer, breast surgery, abdominoplasty and body contouring surgery following excess weight loss.

For a complimentary 10 minute one to one with this consultant, please call our team on: 0113 388 2067 or email:


  • Weekly Wednesdays evenings
  • Weekly Fridays PM


Current posts

  • Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon, Leeds General Infirmary
  • Consultant Plastic, Cosmetic and Hand Surgeon, Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital
  • Consultant Plastic, Cosmetic and Hand Surgeon, Spire Leeds Hospital


Cosmetic Operations: Breast augmentation, Mastopexy (Breast lift), Breast reduction, Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck), Labiaplasty, Brachioplasty (Arm lift), Blepharoplasty (Eye bags), Liposuction, Correction inverted nipples.

Hand Surgery Conditions: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Trigger finger, Dupuytren’s disease, Ganglion, Arthritis hand. (Hand surgery usually carried out under local / regional anaesthetic).

General: Mole, Cyst, Skin tag, Skin cancer excision, Scar revision.

Other interests

Mr Daniel Thornton is the Audit & Clinical Governance Lead for Plastic Surgery, in addition to being a member of the surgical team for the hand transplant programme at Leeds General Infirmary.

He is particularly interested in Medical / Surgical Education regularly participating as a faculty member on the following courses:- Practical Skills in Hand Surgery Course (Royal College of Surgeons of England, London);- ATLS (Advanced Trauma & Life Support) Provider, Reverification & Instructor Courses (Royal College of Surgeons of England, Harrogate).

Personal interests

Mr Daniel Thornton lives in North Yorkshire with his family and enjoys walking and golf as leisure activities in addition to following the mixed fortunes of Nottingham Forest.

Member of

  • Medical Defence Union
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons
  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • General Medical Council (GMC)


MPhil University of Sheffield (2007)

Mr Thornton undertook a 1 year period of laboratory based research during his post-graduate training, gaining a Masters in Philosophy.

His research involved the manipulation of a reconstructed human skin model to investigate mechanisms of wound and skin graft healing, and to identify ways in which the in-vitro wound environment could be modified to reduce contraction.

In addition M.Thornton has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals presented both nationally and internationally.

Dupuytren’s disease.
Thornton DJA, O’Brien M.  Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby Hospital.Orthopaedic and Trauma Times.  (2010) Nov:25-7.

Nerves are living structures whose injury requires urgent repair.
Kay SPJ, Wiberg M, Thornton DJA.  Leeds General Infirmary.Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.  (2010) 63(12):1939-40.

Hand infection.
Thornton DJA, Lindau TR.  Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby Hospital.Orthopaedics and Trauma.  (2010) 24(3):186-96.

Autologous augmentation mastopexy post-bariatric surgery – Waste not want not!
Thornton DJA, Fourie LR.  Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield.Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  (2010) 34(4):519-24.

A clinical approach to the management of brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury.
Thornton DJA, Kay SPJ.  Leeds General Infirmary.Surgery.  (2010) 28(2):79-84.


Mr Daniel Thornton works with the following private medical insurance providers:
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA
  • CS Healthcare

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

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

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