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Damon J Thomas

  • MBChB, FRACS

    Plastics - Damon Thomas


    Damon Thomas graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School, New Zealand in 1996. As a newly graduated doctor Damon developed a passion for the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, in particular the areas of paediatric hand, adult hand, microvascular and breast surgery. His plastic surgical training was spent in Auckland and Christchurch where these interests were fine-tuned, completing his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2005.

    Damon obtained a scholarship from the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to undertake a fellowship at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in 2006.

    The following year was then spent at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, as the Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellow. This provided the opportunity to develop his interest in managing paediatric hand and upper limb conditions including congenital anomalies, trigger fingers, cerebral palsy, and acquired conditions such as obstetric brachial plexus palsy.

    Damon is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is appointed as a Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgeon at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Damon is in private practice at The Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.

    Special Interests

    Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Obstetric Brachial Plexus
    Surgery, Cerebral Palsy Surgery

    Education

    1992 BHB - Bachelor of Human Biology, University of Auckland, New
    Zealand
    1995 MBChB - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of
    Auckland, New Zealand
    1995 Elective Medical Student - Saint Paul's Hospital, Vancouver,
    Canada and The American Hospital of Paris, France
    1996 - 1997 Resident - Auckland City and Middlemore Hospitals,
    Auckland, New Zealand
    1998 Senior Hospital Medical Officer - Royal Melbourne Hospital,
    Melbourne, Australia
    1999 - 2001 Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Hand Surgery,
    Orthopaedic Surgery, and General Surgery - Middlemore Hospital,
    Auckland, New Zealand
    2002 Advanced Plastic Surgical Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive
    Surgery - Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand
    2003 Advanced Plastic Surgical Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive
    Surgery - Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
    2004 Chief Registrar, Advanced Plastic Surgical Trainee in Plastic and
    Reconstructive Surgery - Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
    2005 Advanced Plastic Surgical Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive
    Surgery - Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand
    2006 FRACS - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    2006 Advanced Aesthetic Surgery Fellow - Melbourne Institute of
    Plastic Surgery, Melbourne, Australia
    2007 Fellow in Paediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Royal
    Childrens Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

    Certification

    1996 Full registration, New Zealand Medical Council
    1998 General Registration, Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria
    2006 Specialist Registration, Medicare, Australia
    2011 General registration, Medical Board of Australia

    Hospital Appointments

    2010 Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Royal Childrens Hospital, Melbourne
    2007 Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Geelong Hospital, Melbourne
    2007 Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Austin Hospital, Melbourne
    2007 Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Peninsula Health, Melbourne
    2006 Locum Plastic Surgeon, The Canberra Hospital, Canberra

    Societies

    ASPS Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
    ASAPS Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

    Awards

    1989 University Junior Scholarship
    1993 Auckland Medical Research Foundation Summer Studentship
    2006 Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Scholarship

    Publications

    The Manta Ray Flap: A Technique for First Webspace Release
    Christopher J Coombs MBBS FRACS, Damon J Thomas FRACS
    Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: March 2010 - Volume 14 -
    Issue 1 - pp 41-45

    Gouty Infiltration of the Hand Flexor Tendons Causing Carpal Tunnel
    Syndrome and Destructive Tendinopathy.
    Ghim-Noarb G. Ang, Jillian Tomlinson, Damon J Thomas
    ANZ Journal of Surgery, Special Issue: Abstracts of the Royal
    Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress Perth,
    Western Australia, 4-7 May 2010, 2010; 80(s1):A69. (Poster presentation)

    The Implantable Doppler Probe for Monitoring Free Flaps in the
    Postoperative Period: A Single Institution Consecutive Series
    Ghim-Noarb G. Ang, Warren M Rozen, Rafael Acosta, Damon J Thomas,
    Richard Rahdon.
    ANZ Journal of Surgery, Special Issue: Abstracts of the Royal
    Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress Perth,
    Western Australia, 4-7 May 2010, 2010; 80(s1):A59-60. (Verbal
    presentation)

    Superficial Parotidectomy for Rhytidectomy Contour Refinement
    Damon J Thomas FRACS, Ram Silfen MD, Morris Ritz FRACS, Andrew
    Greensmith FRACS, Graeme Southwick FRACS, FACS
    Plastic and Recontructive Surgery, Nov 2009, Vol 124, Issue 5, pp 255e
    - 256e.

    Tube-pedicle construction of an exposed mandible following an
    electrical injury
    Damon J Thomas, MBChB, William McMillan MBChB, Michael Muller FRACS,
    Tim La H Brown FRACS
    Burns, Mar 2004, 286 - 288.

    An Unusual Case of Intra-oral Frost Bite
    Damon J Thomas, MBChB, William McMillan MBChB, Nikki Mills MBChB,
    Zahour Ahmed FRACS, Tim La H Brown FRACS
    Burns, Mar 2004, 199 - 202.

    Surgical Algorithm for the Management of Severe Facial Burns Present
    Damon J Thomas, MBChB, Tim Brown FRCS, Michael Muller FRACS, Stephen
    Mills FRACS
    ANZ J Surg 2003; 73(suppl) A88 (abstract)

    Excision Margins for Non-Melanotic Skin Cancer
    Damon J Thomas MBChB, Bruce Peat FRACS, Alan R King FRCPA
    Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 112: 57, 2003.
    Australia NZ Journal of Surgery. May 2001. 71. A75.

    Fibrous Ankylosis following Distraction Osteogenesis of a
    Costochondral Neomandible in a Patient with Grade III Hemifacial
    Microsomia
    Damon J Thomas MBChB, Martin JW Rees FRACS
    J Craniofac Surg. 2001 Sep;12(5):469-74.