Dr Rick van der Poel is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, who specialises primarily in cosmetic surgery and operates from the Rosebank Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. This modern facility is completely geared towards cosmetic surgery. Dr van der Poel travels to London several times per year to consult in Harley Street.
Having graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1976, in 1984 Dr van der Poel became is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
He specialized at Wits University and then completed a fellowship with Prof. Thomas Rees,Head of Cosmetic Surgery at NYU, in New York 1986. He was awarded a second fellowship with Prof. Ivor Pitanguy in Rio De Janeiro, a pioneer in body sculpting. In 1987 he furthered his studies in New Orleans with the Lipoplasty Society of North America. He consulted at the Wits University until 1988 when he opened his Private Practice at the Rosebank Hospital in Johannesburg where he is still practicing. Rick is married with four children.
He is a Member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (APRSSA) as well as the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).