Born on 1 May 1964, Dr. Nigel Shaun Matthews was raised in Wilcox, Christ Church and attended Mrs. Carrington’s Primary School in Belleville before moving on to Harrison College, where he spent 7 years receiving what he describes as a “world class education”. In 1982, he left Barbados for the United Kingdom to pursue his dream of becoming a surgeon. The UK became his home for 32 years.
Dr Matthews obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 1986, his undergraduate medical degree from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London in 1995 and underwent specialist surgical training at the renowned Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland where he cultivated specific interests in both temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) and facial deformity surgery.
He practised as a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital, London for 11 years before being joining the faculty of the University of North Carolina in 2014 as Clinical Associate Professor. His area of clinical interest is facial reconstructive surgery in general and jaw joint reconstruction in particular. In addition to developing a national and international reputation in the surgical management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathology, Dr. Matthews has also undertaken major research projects. In 2009, he established the first true TMJ Multidisciplinary Team Clinic in the United Kingdom, a model which is followed worldwide.
Dr Matthews has written several book chapters and over 30 peer review articles on TMJ-related subjects, and has lectured all over the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, and a member of the American, European and British Society of TMJ Surgeons.
Dr Matthews is dedicated to charity work, spearheading a fundraising campaign on behalf of Amanda Leon, a resident of Barbados who was severely injured in a car crash in 1991, and in need of corrective facial and jaw joint reconstructive surgery. He launched the Amanda Leon Appeal Fund in October 2013 and with the support of the Barbados High Commission in London and the National Council of Barbadian Associations (UK), raised the £18,000 required to send Amanda to London for the surgery. Dr Matthews is widely acknowledged as a “thought-leader” in his field. His Caribbean and more specifically, his Bajan roots act as the prime motivator driving him to serve the Barbados community at home and abroad… a badge of honour which he wears with pride.