Mr Teo graduated from Aberdeen University in 1982. In 1987 he was awarded a Harvard University Research Fellowship and spent a year in Boston, USA, studying the role of lipid in nutritional support of major burns and sepsis. His MD thesis, based on this work, was awarded with honours together with the Cash Medal in 1991. His plastic surgery experience included oversea fellowships in Taiwan and Australia.
TC is world famous for his pioneering work in the fields of propeller flaps, perforator flaps including the SCIP and post-auricular free flap, and supermicrosurgery. He is one of the first Plastic Surgeons to embrace the supermicrosurgery concept and was a pioneer in this field, together with contempories such as Koshima. He has been invited worldwide to teach and perform “live surgery” on many microsurgery, perforator and instructional courses, and is one of the founding faculty of the International Masters in Microsurgery course.
Recently, as Visiting Professor to the Canniesburn Flap and Perforator Course 2019 he gave special lectures on “Supermicrosurgery” and also on “Propeller and Perforator Flaps”.
He also likes teaching and doing voluntary work in developing countries and has been to operate in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Brazil and Siberia. He believes that engaging with young surgeons and teaching them techniques which they can then use to treat their own communities has a greater long-term benefit.