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in my career the favourite part of my job was achieving a good surgical outcome
for a challenging deformity. However, as each individual matured, I was able to
follow their development and almost become part of their family. Repairing and
watching a deformed child develop from a baby to an adult and see them become
socially competent and successful probably gives me the most satisfaction of
Tony Holmes is currently a senior plastic surgeon at the Royal Children's Hospital and
Clinical Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne University. He
is qualified in both general surgery and plastic surgery. Tony trained in
both Australia and at Harvard Medical School. He is also American Board
Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Tony set up the Melbourne Craniofacial Unit in 1979 and remained Head until
2009. Tony was also Director of the Department of Plastic and
Maxillofacial Surgery from 1990 to 2003. Tony's surgical passion is
facial reconstruction and he has refined and developed new procedures to cope
with many major and difficult craniofacial and nasal reconstructive problems.
has presented and published extensively, nationally and internationally and has
received major awards from the RCH for outstanding service. In 2010 Tony
was awarded the McIndoe Lectureship of the British Association of Plastic,
Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons in London. In 2012 he was the
inaugural Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Visiting Professor in Boston.
has trained over thirty Craniofacial Fellows, the majority of whom have gone on
to become Heads of Departments, here and overseas. Tony is proud to have
developed a leading world centre at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
In 1990 he set up the Children's Craniofacial Foundation of Australia which has
subsequently been re-named The Jigsaw Foundation.
Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery,
Clinical Craniomaxillofacial Research
M.B.B.S. with honours in Biology, Physiology, Medical
Psychology, and Surgery - University of Melbourne