Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
MBChB BDS FRCS (OMFS)
Ben is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and is dually qualified in medicine and dentistry.
Having graduated in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, Ben completed house officer jobs in Edinburgh followed by surgical training in the North East of England, working in the fields of Accident and Emergency, Upper GI Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Intensive Care Medicine. A year working at the Sunderland Royal Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Unit inspired Ben to specialise in this field and complete a postgraduate dental degree at Kings College London. Whilst studying in London, Ben spent time working as a Maxillofacial Registrar in several London Units – St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London, Guy’s Hospital, Homerton, Whipps Cross and Harlow.
Ben then completed 5 years of specialist OMFS training in Surrey and Sussex, rotating between Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford and Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. He also spent time in cleft and craniofacial units including Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.
After passing the FRCS (OMFS) exit exam, Ben completed an overseas fellowship in Facial Trauma and Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery under Professor Nastri at the prestigious Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia in 2015/2016. Ben was appointed as a Consultant OMF Surgeon in 2016.
Ben works primarily at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford with additional sessions at Frimley Park Hospital, East Surrey Hospital and Haslemere community hospital. Within a busy department, Ben is educational supervisor for the junior trainees and core member of the regional specialist skin cancer multidisciplinary network. He has practising privileges at Guildford Nuffield Hospital, Frimley Parkside and Guildford Mount Alvernia Hospital.
Ben and James have over 30 years of combined experience and hold similar subspecialist interests in a broad range of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This includes the surgical removal of wisdom teeth and impacted teeth, placement of dental implants and treatment of jaw pathology such as cysts. They are both expert in treating facial skin lesions ranging from benign skin tags to complex melanoma cases, and are particularly skilled with facial plastic surgery reconstruction techniques to give patients the very best cosmetic outcomes. James and Ben are both highly experienced orthognathic (jaw deformity) surgeons, using contemporary planning and surgical techniques to deliver stable and consistent results and they enjoy working with orthodontists to provide excellent continuity of care for patients.
Although they mostly consult and operate independently, Ben and James can also offer a combined service for the more complex jaw deformity, facial trauma and aesthetic cases to achieve the very best results and provide the highest standard of care for their patients.
Oxford Handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryMr Gurney is a co- author of the globally marketed Oxford handbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). The book serves to aid newly qualified doctors and dentists who work on the wards in the field of OMFS, and has sold several thousand copies. A third edition is currently being completed.
Skin Cancer Papers - Cutaneous SCC and MelanomaBJOMS invited publications – author on series of 3 papers for the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on the management of metastatic cutaneous malignancy. These review papers are frequently cited and are used to help guide other surgeons.
Orthognathic Surgery - Principles, Planning and Practice"Mr Gurney has contributed a chapter in a current major textbook for jaw surgery, based around the topic of surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea. This is a current area of academic clinical interest in orthognathic surgery, and the chapter includes an analysis of the latest literature on this topic.
Current concepts in midface traumaDuring his fellowship in Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Gurney was regularly involved in the management of patients with complex midface trauma. On the back of this, he published a paper on midface trauma management as a co-author with Professor Nastri.