Mark graduated from the University of London, St Georges Hospital in 1992. He then completed his basic training in general surgery before commencing a training scheme in Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ORLHNS). Mark qualified as an ORLHNS surgeon in 2002 and then further sub-specialised in head and neck surgery, reconstruction and facial plastics by undertaking surgical fellowships training at the University of Washington Medical School, US and Green Lane Hospital, NZ. During the fellowship, Mark developed skills for reconstructing all aspects of the head and neck and cosmetic facial surgery including cancer surgery and microsurgical reconstruction. Mark’s special interests include facial reconstructive surgery – rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty – and reconstruction of massive facial defects after cancer surgery or trauma.
Mark was awarded an honorary senior lectureship at Auckland University in 2005. He teaches at the undergraduate student teaching program and is a guest lecturer on the anatomy training course, as well as co-coordinating overseas student electiveships at the Auckland Hospital Head and Neck Centre. Mark has published several peer review papers and is currently involved in developing a research centre in head and neck surgery and reconstruction at Auckland University. As well as running the New Zealand facial plastic surgical course for trainees, Mark is also a guest lecturer at the Stanford Facial Plastics program, which is held every year in California.
Mark is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society, the Australasian academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the American academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, and the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.