Dr. Cerovac obtained her medical degree from Belgrade University in Serbia in 1992 and commenced training in plastic surgery a year later at the University Clinical Hospital and Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. In 1995 she moved to the UK and, having passed a rigorous set of examinations, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS). She completed official plastic surgery specialist training in London and become a Consultant at St George’s Hospital in 2008. She has set up wrist surgery services within the plastic surgery department which is a rather rare organizational framework.
Sonja’s training, both in Serbia and the UK, has been comprehensive and demanding and provided her with experience across the entire spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Her interest in aesthetic and hand surgery, in particular, became evident early and steered her subsequent career steps.
Her postgraduate degree (Master in Surgical Sciences) was awarded in 1999 by the University of London for research in the field of tendon surgery. Over the following 15 years, Dr. Cerovac has been complementing vast experience in complex hand trauma with niche skills for surgery of the wrist joint, which became one of the most distinctive aspects of her practice. Specialist fellowships undertaken in world-renowned centers in 2008 (aesthetic surgery at McIndoe Surgical Centre in East Grinstead and hand and wrist surgery in Windsor and Wrightington Hospitals) led not only to unique clinical expertise but to a life-long passion for aesthetic and hand/wrist surgery. Her practice now is a true mix of aesthetic surgery for the face and the body and the complex hand and wrist joint surgery.
Sonja’s philosophy has always been that surgical talent and knowledge are meaningless if the patient is not treated with compassion and true care. Sympathy, patience, and honesty are key characteristics of her practice.
In addition to her clinical work, Sonja is actively involved in the management of the extremely busy hand unit and the plastic surgery department at St George’s University Hospital. Training and teaching of junior colleagues and medical students, lecturing, publishing and presenting clinical results at international conferences are integral parts of her work.
- Royal College of Surgeons (RCS),
- The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
- The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
- The British Society for Surgery of Hand (BSSH)
I became besotted with surgery and actions around operating theatre early, whilst at the University. I was intuitively looking for any excuse to get into the operating theatre and observe yet another operation as a medical student, not realising that chemistry between me and that profession will remain forever. Surgery requires dexterity, decisiveness and dynamism - virtues which all reflect my personality and to a great extent my sporty temperament rather well, like no other aspect of medicine.
Why plastic surgery: because I worked with incredibly inspiring plastic surgeon soon after my internship when I had to decide on my future surgical specialty. His virtuoso operating and enthusiasm for creativity in tissue reconstruction was infectious. After just a few months, my decision was easy - I had to work hard and learn how to be like him one day!
Being a doctor is honourable and responsible job, but, above all, a huge privilege. The trustful and respectful doctor-patient relationship is a pinnacle of my practice. Trust is built upon constant and uncompromising clinical care, honesty and patience, all of which are reached naturally, almost effortlessly, when talent and passion are combined in a job that you adore.