Mr James McDiarmid

MB ChB, MSc, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast)

  • Specialities Body Contouring, Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • Telephone 01752 753770 (Plymouth)
  • Year of first qualification 1990
  • Email
  • Languages spoken

    English, French, Greek (limited, my mother was Greek), Scottish (my father is from North o' the border!).

  • GMC Number 3492990
  • Website
  • Fax 01752 768969 (Plymouth)


Mr McDiarmid gained his medical degree at the University of Aberdeen Medical School in Scotland in 1990. He went on to complete his training in general surgery within accredited training posts within the UK. Having completed his training he passed the written and oral examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1994.

Mr McDiarmid then went on to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery in units recognised for training by the British Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Specialist Advisory Committee in Plastic Surgery within the UK. His training in plastic surgery includes extensive experience in cosmetic surgery. He is also a specialist in reconstructive microsurgery of the breast and hand and completed a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the prestigious Christine M. Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

In 1996 Mr McDiarmid was awarded a masters degree in surgical science conferred with distinction by the University of London for scientific research he performed at University College London. This research work was subsequently awarded prizes at international meetings both in the United Kingdom and United States of America. Having completed training in plastic surgery within the UK and passed the intercollegiate examination in plastic surgery, Mr McDiarmid was awarded the specialist fellowship in plastic surgery and granted a certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST).

In October 2000 his name was entered on the United Kingdom General Medical Councils Specialist Register for plastic surgery. Between September 2000 and October 2008 Mr McDiarmid practiced as a consultant plastic surgeon at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Since October 2008 he has been solely involved in full time independent practice.

Mr McDiarmid has wide ranging interests in plastic and cosmetic surgery and frequently travels abroad to visit other surgeons or attend meetings regarding recent developments in this field. He has now carried out more than 10,000 successful operations.

Mr McDiarmid specialises in the following treatments in Plymouth:


  • By arrangement


Current posts

  • Full time private aesthetic practice - Retired from NHS in 2008


Other interests

Senior lecturer in aesthetic surgery practice at Anglia Ruskin University.

Personal interests

His family, triathlon (including Ironman), cycling, aviation - fixed wing and rotary. 

Member of

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
  • British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand


Most recently Mr McDiarmid's clinic was involved in a multicentre randomised prospective trial looking at the effectiveness of sodium deoxycholate as a treatment for submental fat.


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

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

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