surgeon-andrew-ringwood-oral-maxillofacial-surgeryProf. Andrew A. C. Heggie

Associate Professor, University of Melbourne. Oral & Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon


Andrew Heggie obtained his dental and medical degrees from the University of Melbourne in 1977 and 1991 respectively, including a Master’s Degree.

He received his oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) training at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital and associated teaching hospitals gaining specialist Fellowship qualifications in Australia and Ireland.

Andrew’s hospital experience in Australia and the USA

In 1982, Andrew undertook a specialist Fellowship in the management of facial deformity at the Northwest Centre for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Providence Medical Centre, Seattle. He then continued his training in facial trauma in 1983 as Chief Resident in at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle. He then returned to Melbourne and commenced both private and public hospital practice and completed his medical degree.

Andrew has worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and currently, the Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne since 1994. He is Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Melbourne Craniofacial Unit within the Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He has been in private practice with Kevin Ruljancich since 1983 and in 2004, Melbourne Oral and Facial Surgery (MOFS) was formed with the introduction of new associate, Jocelyn Shand, and the subsequent inclusion of Nick Rutherford and Mark Barit

University and College appointments

In 2004, Andrew was appointed an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and collaborately established the Melbourne Research Unit for Facial Disorders. He continues to be actively involved in the development of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in the College being involved in the training and examination of aspiring surgeons.

He was President of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (2013-2015) and has been Chair of the Regional Surgical Committee of the Victorian/Tasmanian Training Programme and a past and current examiner in both basic and advanced surgical training.

Sub-specialty interests in oral & maxillo-facial surgery

Andrew is interested in the management of congenital and developmental facial disorders, particularly in the cleft and craniofacial spectrum. He finds it deeply satisfying to enable patients to function well with respect to their jaw function and speech as well as maximizing their facial aesthetics and consequently self-esteem.

He is also has a strong interest in the treatment of nasal disproportion and obstruction (septo/rhinoplasty).

International affiliations and voluntary surgery

As an academic surgeon, Andrew is widely published in the surgical literature and travels regularly to national and international conferences, often on invitation to lecture. He is on the editorial boards of major international surgical journals and also undertakes regular operating missions overseas that have included China, Bangladesh, Indonesia and more recently, Vietnam. He is active in the national and international oral and maxillofacial associations and was elected an active member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Ad Hom) in 1994 for his contribution to OMS internationally.

Andrew’s most memorable operation happened on a visit with the Children’s Hospital craniofacial team to Beijing, China. The team operated on a young boy with a large mid-line facial cleft extending from the brain to the upper teeth. Both halves of his face were moved together successfully resulting in a major improvement to his quality of life.

He is fascinated by evolutionary biology and follows new developments as a hobby. He is a keen snow-skier and scuba diver and enjoys the coastal surf while he is at the family holiday house on the Great Ocean Road.

If Andrew were not a doctor he would probably still be involved in some aspect of scientific research.