surgeon profile - chris porter

Name: Christopher JW Porter
Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Birthplace: Christchurch, NZ
License: MB ChB (Otago University)

Specialist Qualification:

FRACS ( Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ) - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery



Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Department
Christchurch Public & Burwood Hospitals

Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Otago


Operating Hospitals:




St Georges Hospital
Papanui Road
(Surgery performed - Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstruction)

Southern Cross Hospital
Bealey Avenue
(Surgery performed - Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstruction)

* Minor plastic & cosmetic surgery is also performed at rooms*


Society Membership:


Previous Appointments:

New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Visiting Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK


Chris is a specialist Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon based in Christchurch combining both private and public practices. He completed his medical degree from Otago University in 1994 and focused his post- graduate studies in surgery.

In 1996 he was awarded the Gordon Gordon- Taylor gold medal for gaining the top mark in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons examinations. Admitted for training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery he graduated FRACS in 2004 and then furthered his studies in Oxford, UK, and finally in Los Angeles. In LA he worked at the University of Southern California as a Visiting Professor where his experience and knowledge was recognised as an invitation to oversee, train and up skill the largest group of plastic surgical trainees in the United States. Chris was invited back to work in his home town of Christchurch and was appointed to staff at the public hospital in 2006.

He was registered for operating privileges at St Georges and Southern Cross Hospitals in the same year. Chris has a diverse professional interest incorporating all facets of plastic surgery with a special cosmetic surgery interest in his private practice. He has gained many professional connections overseas which has enabled Chris to optimise his knowledge and skill base about the latest Plastic Surgery developments on offer.