Anthony J Penington

  • M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.S.


    Tony Penington is the Jigsaw Professor of Paediatric Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, a position he has held since 2012. He has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne since 1998 but up until 2012 he also worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was head of the Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery unit from 2009 to 2012 and deputy Director of the O’Brien Institute from 2000 to 2012.  Tony is a member of the Royal Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary team for vascular anomalies.  Vascular anomalies include haemangioma, the commonest tumour of infancy and vascular malformations, less common conditions which can cause long term disfigurement and pain in children.  As well as consulting and operating on cases of vascular anomalies Tony leads a research team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute which is trying to understand and find new treatments for these conditions.  He also provides leadership for the Plastic and Maxillofacial Unit’s clinical research effort to find new treatments for other plastic surgical conditions including cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformity, congenital hand conditions.  He is committed to understanding how deformities in children, particularly those which affect their appearance impact on their healthy development. 

    Special Interests

    Vascular Birthmarks, Haemangiomas and Vascular Anomalies, Reconstructive Microsurgery, Research in Tissue Engineering - Angiogenesis



    M.B.B.S. - University of Melbourne

    1986 Internship - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1987 Junior Resident Medical Officer - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1988 Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy - University of Melbourne
    1989 Senior Resident Medical Officer - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1990-1991 General Surgery Training - Royal Melbourne Hospital
    1992-1994 Plastic Surgery Training- Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
    1995 Fellow - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    1995 Research Fellow, Bernard O'Brien Microsurgery Resarch Institute - St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
    1996 Overseas Fellow, Department of Plastic Surgery - The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
    1997 Research Fellow - Nuffield Department of Surgery, Oxford
    2000-2002 Graduate Certificate in Health Statistics - Swinburne University
    2008 MD Research

    Academic Appointments

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery - St. Vincent's Hospital, University of Melbourne

    Hospital Appointments

    Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon - St. Vincent's Hospital
    Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon - Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne 
    Visting Plastic Surgeon - The Skin and Cancer Foundation


    1998-Present Institutional Animal Ethics Committee - St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
    2000-Present Medical Advisory Committee - Skin & Cancer Foundation, Melbourne
    2000-Present Victorian Subcommittee of the Board of Training in Plastic Surgery - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    2000-Present Board of Surgical Research - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons