Anthony D Holmes

  • M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.

    Plastics - Tony Holmes

    “Early 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 all.”

    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.

    Tony 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.

    Tony 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.

    Special interests

    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

    1970-1974 General Surgery Training - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1975-1978 Plastic Surgery Training - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1971 Plastic Surgery Resident - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1975 Senior Plastic Surgery Registrar - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1976-1978 Plastic Surgery Residency - Harvard Medical School
    1978 Fellow in Plastic Surgery - Harvard Medical School


    1974 Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    1982 Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery

    Academic appointments

    1981-Present Associate, Dept of Paediatrics - University of Melbourne    

    Hospital appointments

    1978-Present Consultant Plastic Surgeon - Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
    1979-Present Head, The Melbourne Craniofacial Unit - Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne      
    1979-Present Consultant Plastic Surgeon - Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit
    1979-1989 Consultant Plastic Surgeon - Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne
    1979-1980 Consultant Plastic Surgeon - Peter MacCallum Hospital, Melbourne
    1980-Present Consultant Plastic Surgeon - Epworth Hospital
    1993-Present Consultant Paediatric Plastic Surgeon - Royal Women's Hospital


    1970 Australian Medical Association
    1982 Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
    1984 Australian Association of Surgeons  
    1984 American Society of Plastic Surgeons
    1990 Australian Cleft Lip & Palate Association
    1995 Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
    1995 Associate Member, The Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Inc.
    1998 Asia Pacific Craniofacial Association