DR JONATHAN TOOGOOD
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr Toogood is the owner and founder of Somerset Surgery. He has a broad scope of surgical interests, in particular breast reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery and laser skin rejuvenation. He was awarded the Trubshaw Medal for the top result in South Africa for the Surgical Primary exam. On completion of his specialisation, he received a six-month fellowship with Prof Daniel Marchac – the world-renowned craniofacial and aesthetic surgeon in Paris, France. He has been in private practice since 2006.
After completing his schooling in East London, Dr Toogood attended the University of Stellenbosch Medical School from 1990 to 1995. He received his MB. ChB. with distinctions in Physiology and Clinical Medicine. In 1996, he served his internship at Tygerberg Hospital. Thereafter he worked in a mining hospital on Gauteng’s West Rand for four years, gaining extensive experience in all forms of surgery and emergency medicine. During that time, he managed a diverse surgical unit. He received an ALS certification in trauma, cardiac and paediatric life support, and was actively involved in the mines’ emergency rescue services. In this environment, he discovered his love and aptitude for delicate surgery and reconstruction. In 1999, he wrote the National Primary Examination for Surgical Specialisation and received the Trubshaw Medal for the best performance in South Africa. He returned to Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital to specialise in plastic surgery.
Under the mentorship of Professor Bennie Zeeman – a world-renowned craniofacial and micro-surgeon – he gained extensive experience in this discipline. In 2005, he passed the M.Med Plast Recon Surg University Examination and the F C Plast Surg National Examination. On the strength of his academic, clinical and surgical performance as a resident, he was chosen from hundreds of young plastic surgeons worldwide to receive the 2006 Marchac Fellowship – an opportunity to work with the legendary Professor Daniel Marchac in Paris, France. This was an invaluable addition to his experience in craniofacial, facial, cosmetic, reconstructive and breast surgery. Dr Toogood is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and is a member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa (APRSSA), the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) and the French Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Outside of plastic surgery he has many other interests, although they are all aligned with the concepts of artistry, aesthetics, proportion and harmony. He has been an avid sportsman since childhood, competing on national level as a swimmer, surfer and surf lifesaver. During his late teens, he held a number of South African national swimming records and represented his province frequently. His twenties saw a migration to competitive amateur bodybuilding for which he received provincial colours in 1989. His cultural and artistic side is dominated by the performing arts. He achieved regional success in oratory and debate, has played leading roles in many amateur dramatic productions and won the Best Male vocalist awards at both the East London and Grahamstown Eisteddfods. He still performs occasionally on request. He has been happily married for more than 15 years to his wife, Sheldene. They have two daughters – Katherine and Christine.