Andrew A Heggie

  • M.B.B.S., B.D.Sc., M.D.Sc., F.F.D.R.C.S., F.R.A.C.D.S. (OMS), F.R.C.S. (Ed)

    Plastics - Andrew Heggie

    “Paediatric Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery” is an emerging sub-specialty in our craft group that involves the management of complex facial deformities and pathology that requires a collaborative approach with all the expertise available within a craniofacial team. To be involved with these patients and their families from birth to the completion of growth, and to witness their integration into society as adults, has been a deeply satisfying part of my practising life”

    Professor Andrew Heggie AM received his medical and dental degrees at the University of Melbourne and trained as an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) in the Victorian Programme. He undertook a Fellowship in Seattle in the treatment of facial deformity in 1982-1983 at Providence Medical Centre, the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Centre. 

    Until 2018, he led the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery team within the Department in the collaborative management of cleft and cranio-maxillofacial disorders with a particular interest in the treatment of infant micrognathia / airway obstruction and the skeletal deformities in the syndromic craniosynostoses. Andrew is an enthusiastic teacher and has published over 100 papers/abstracts in the scientific literature as well as textbook chapters. He is a reviewer for several journals and has been invited as a keynote speaker internationally at many conferences. He was active on the Board of OMS for many years and has been directly involved in the construction of the current training pathway and the examination processes for trainees in OMS in our region. He has served as President of the Australian & NZ Association of OMS and has been on the Scientific committee for a number of major national and international conferences. He is currently Chair of the Australian & NZ Association of OMS, Research & Education Foundation.

    Andrew is also involved in teaching undergraduate medical and dental students, post-graduate orthodontic students and Oral and Maxillofacial Registrars/Fellows in the Victorian/Tasmanian training Centre.

    Special Interests

    Skeletal cleft deformities

    Craniofacial microsomia

    Skeletal correction in syndromic craniosynostoses

    Paediatric maxillofacial pathology & reconstruction

    Infant upper airway obstruction

    Qualifications /Training

    1977 B.D.Sc., L.D.S., University of Melbourne                                                    
    1979 - 81 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training - (Melbourne)
    1980 M.D.Sc., (University of Melbourne)
    1982 -83 Fellow, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Univ Washington, Seattle
    1983 Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, RACDS
    1983 Fellowship FFDRCS (Ire)
    1991 M.B.B.S. (University of Melbourne)
     2001Craniofacial Fellow, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne 
    2014 Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) Ad Hominem 

    Academic involvement / Appointments

    1995-1998 Examiner, Fellowship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (RACDS)                                                                                                                                             
    1998-2002, 2013-2015 Member, Board of Studies, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    1998-2001 Chairman of Examiners, Fellowship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (RACDS)
    2002-present Editorial Board, International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 
    2004-present Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
    2004-2011 Chair of Examiners, Surgical Science and Training, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    2018 Clinical Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
    1987 - present Associate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon = Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1987 - present Senior Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon - Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    ANZAOMS Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons            
    IAOMS International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    ANZSCS Active Member, Australian and NZ Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons
    AMA Australian Medical Association
    ADA Australian Dental Association
    ISOCS Active Member, International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
     ACLAPAMember, Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association

    Current Research Projects

    1.  Stability in the correction of skeletal facial deformity in children with clefts.

    2. Maintenance of vascularity in the cleft maxillary repositioning   

    3. Skeletal management of patients with craniofacial microsomia 
    4. Management of upper airway obstruction in micrognathia

    5. Jaw reconstruction in the paediatric patient.