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Mr Nick J. Rutherford

Senior Lecturer Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

MBBS(Melb) BDSc(Melb) FRACDS(OMS)

Nick Rutherford obtained his undergraduate dental qualification at the University of Melbourne in 1993, followed by the primary fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons London in 1995. Subsequently Nick was selected for specialist training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1997, completing undergraduate medicine at the University of Melbourne in 2001.

Nick went on to complete his specialist training in 2004 and was successful in gaining his specialist fellowship FRACDS(OMS). Nick then spent twelve months in the United Kingdom completing a fellowship in Facial Deformity, Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Head and Neck Oncology.

Upon return from the United Kingdom Nick has worked in a number of public hospitals throughout Melbourne as well as establishing himself in private practice.

In 2008 Nick was appointed Head of Maxillofacial Surgery at Austin Hospital and subsequently in 2010 Nick was appointed as a Senior Lecturer through the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. Nick is a Regional Asia Pacific Faculty Member of AO Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, a not for profit organisation based through Switzerland that educates and trains surgeons worldwide in the area of craniomaxillofacial trauma, orthognathic surgery and reconstructive surgery. He also lectures at local meetings as well as courses conducted through the University of Melbourne.

Specialties in Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery

As a Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Nick’s most preferred procedures are: Subspecialties Correctional Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery), Implantology, Craniomaxillofacial Trauma, Head and Neck Oncology and Benign Pathology. His favourite procedures are Orthognathic Surgery and Orbital Surgery.

He is also heavily involved in training future Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons particularly in Orthognathic procedures, planning and research. He is planning to be the first surgeon in Australia to use Computer Assisted Planning for Orthognathic Surgery. Nick’s most memorable operation was early in his career whilst in Oxford, UK.

His team worked on a young patient from Malaysia who had suffered a large intraosseous haemangioma that had bled on two occasions resulting in cardiac arrest. She went on cardiac bypass to resect the tumour and had a very good reconstruction. She went home to Malaysia and by all accounts had grown up to lead a normal life.

Nick has worked in several hospitals in Australia and the UK

  • St. Vincent’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident 1994
  • John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford UK SHO 1995-1996
  • Royal Hobart Hospital 1996 Non-Accredited Registrar
  • Victorian Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Programme 1997-2004
  • Rotations RMH, RCH, Austin, RDHM, St. Vincent, Dandenong, Southern Health
  • Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology, Facial Deformity and Craniomaxillofacial Trauma,
  • Frenchay Hospital, Southmead, Bristol Royal Infirmary 2005 Bristol UK
  • Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 2006-2009 Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 2006-2008 Western General Hospital
  • Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 2006-2008 Dandenong Hospital Southern Health
  • Head Maxillofacial Surgery, Austin Health 2007- Present

Nick has served on many boards and associations, he is

  • An AO CMF Faculty Member 2010, 2011 Sydney, Manila
  • The Cancer Council Victoria ADA Representative
  • ANZAOMS Victorian Members Chair 2009-2012
  • RACDS Division of OMFS Accreditation Committee

In his spare time Nick enjoys gourmet food, long distance running, and going on holidays with his family. He spends most of his time shuttling three kids to various sporting commitments and getting to the occasional Geelong AFL match or cricket game.

In his spare time Nick enjoys gourmet food, long distance running, and going on holidays with his family. He spends most of his time shuttling three kids to various sporting commitments and getting to the occasional Geelong AFL match or cricket game.