Professor V. Ilankovan is a Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at Poole Hospital in Dorset and Medical Director of Wentworth Clinic. He obtained his medical degree in 1984 from the Welsh National School of Medicine after initially graduating in dentistry in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He received a Fellowship in Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England. His post-graduate training took him across the UK from Wales to Scotland to the well renowned Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow and then to the south-east, where he finally settled down in Dorset in 1993. He also trained at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA and practised in cleft lip and palate surgery in India and additionally trained in head and neck surgery Beijing, China.