Rebuilding people's faces and lives
Kay Brennan meets Mr Iain Hutchison, oro-maxillofacial surgeon
In 1973, Mr Iain Hutchison qualified as a dentist. He became disillusioned by a lack of stimulation and desired more variety and excitement in his job. He also had the understandable fear of being synonymous with pain, and an interest in becoming a face saving surgeon. He is currently one of the country's leading consultants in oro-maxillofacial surgery at Barts and the London Hospital. I arranged to meet him to delve deeper into his history.
My appointment with Mr Hutchison is at 4 pm in his office on the third floor of the hospital. This is not the image of Calvin Klein lab coat and coffee table I had imagined for an eminent surgeon, but a cramped chaos complete with “bang head here” sign on the door. Just after 5 pm a chunk of a man with hectic hair and ruffled suit gusts in - I later find out his