Dr. David Caminer obtained his medical degree in Johannesburg at WITS (University of the Witwatersrand). He completed six months in Department of Johannesburg Plastic and Reconstructive surgery as a senior house officer at the Johannesburg general Hospital and Hellbourough Hospital. Dr. Caminer then immigrated immediately after this to Australia in 1984. He passed his AMEC exam (the Australian Medical Examining Committee exam) in 1985. Thereafter Dr. Caminer rotated through many specialties as a registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. These specialities included cardiothoracic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, liver transplant surgery, vascular surgery, melanoma unit and intensive care unit.

In 1989 Dr. Caminer was the microsurgery fellow at Prince Of Wales Hospital for one year. Dr. Caminer was accepted onto the Plastic Surgery trainee scheme in 1990 and completed his plastic surgery training in 1993 after obtaining his FRACS in Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Caminer sat for the American USMLE exam and passed that in order to take up a Fellowship in the United States. Dr. Caminer was accepted as a Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the USA at the Cleveland Clinic at Fort Lauderdale and in Cleveland for approximately 15 months. Dr. Caminer also completed a Fellowship in Bordeaux, France in microsurgery for three months. In 1995 Dr. Caminer was asked to apply and was given the job as a VMO at St Vincent’s Public Hospital.

Dr. Caminer has now been in Private practice for 20 years. From 1995 to 2006 Dr. Caminer was a VMO of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital. He was chairman and CSU Department Head of the Department of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Caminer now is an HMO at St Vincent’s Public Hospital.

Dr. Caminer is frequently called upon by Sydney’s leading specialists to perform major plastic reconstructive procedures in combined operations with several other Sydney surgical specialties at St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital.

Dr. Caminer was Secretary of the New South Wales Chapter of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from 2001 to 2003.

Dr. Caminer was also the Secretary of ASAPS of aesthetic plastic surgery from 2008 to 2010. He was also responsible for organising the ASAPS conference in 2009 in Sydney as well as the non surgical symposium in Sydney held in November 2001. While secretary of ASAPS Dr. Caminer was responsible for changing the ASAPS logo to the present, more up to date and modern logo.


As an HMO from 2010 to 2014 Dr. Caminer performed many pro-bono reconstructions mainly in head and neck microsurgery reconstructions, teaching the accredited surgery plastic surgery trainees at St Vincent’s Public Hospital.

He is currently a member of the following societies:

  • The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons
  • The Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Major Achievements:

  • Total Tracheal Reconstruction “A World’s First” 1999.
  • World’s first tracheal reconstruction. Featured on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald, Channel Seven News and Good medicine.
  • Description of Crown Flap
  • Description of New Technique – Passing and Tunnelling Microvascular Pedicle
  • Popularising the lateral arm free flap in Head    and Neck Reconstruction
  • Description of Anatomy of Distal Facial Nerve
  • Description of New Nipple Reconstruction Technique
  • Description of Bilateral Maxillary defect with lateral arm ostecocutaneous free flap

List of Recent Publications and Presentations:

  1. Perineal Wounds. Moon H, Caminer D, Boyd JB, Clinical Decision Making in Colorectal Surgery. Edited by Wexner SD, Vernava AM. Igaku-Shoin Publishers.
  2. Biological Basis for Facial Plastic Surgery.  Boyd JB, Caminer D, Prs Book Review.  Edited by Arien Myers Thieme Medial Publishers NY 1993.
  3. Facial Nerve. American Society of Plastic Surgery. Caminer D, San Francisco USA 1997.
  4. A New Nipple Reconstruction – The “Kiss” Principle. Canadian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Meeting Saskatchewan, Canada 1995, Australian Plastic Surgery, Port Douglas 1999.
  5. Total Tracheal Reconstruction “A World’s First”, Caminer D, 1999.
  6. Submental.
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