Professor Anthony Joseph Dixon
Melanoma and head and neck skin cancer surgery on referral only
- M.B.,B.S.. University of Melbourne 1982
- PhD 2009 (Bond University)
- Member American Osteopathic College of Dermatology 2012
- Honorary Professor of Dermatology (AOCD) 2012
- Fellow Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine 1999
- Level "B" Rural General Surgery - RACS / ACRRM (1995)
- Fellow AustralasianCollege of Skin Cancer Medicine2006
- Dip. RACOG. (1986)
Membership / activities:
- Foundation member of Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine
- Member of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology
- Member of Australian Medical Association (AMA)
- Member of Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)
- Member Florida Society for Dermatologic Surgery (since 2010)
- Former Victorian Vice President of AMA until 1997
- Former Victorian and Australian Vice President of RDAA until 1994
Positions since graduation:
Intern year 1983: Austin Hospital
1984 - 1987
Residency / Registrar training at Bendigo Base Hospital
1984 - 1988
Oculoplastic assisting 2 lists per week
1989 - 1993
Surgical practice in a partnership in Leongatha, Victoria.
Full spectrum of rural surgical workload, with an emphasis on skin cancer management.
Surgical registrar, Griffith Base Hospital, Griffith NSW.
Resulted in satisfactory completion of training of rural Level “B” Surgery.
Program endorsed by the RACGP, RACS and ACRRM.
1996 – 1997
Surgery as a partner in Leongatha Medical Group. – skin cancer predominating
1998 – 2000
General Surgery as Partner with Naracoorte Medical Centre.
Spectrum included broader General Surgical work & Obstetrics (LUSCS).
Skin Cancer Surgery predominated the elective surgery
2001 – present
Solo practice - full time skin cancer surgery / research / education
Publications / Research:
Have been involved in teaching skin cancer surgery to medical students and doctors since 1989.
Doctors also attend my practice for preceptorship weeks to experience “hands on” skin cancer management.
Community education and “sun smart” programs to service groups, schools, parent groups, media, etc,.
January 2010 Review of antibiotic prophylaxis in skin surgery – 2nd author Am J Clin Derm1
July 2009 Skin cancer complications in known diabetics versus non diabetics2 Dermatol Surg
July 2009 Assessing education in skin cancer medicine3 Australian Family Physician
February 2009 Smokers versus non smokers and skin cancer surgery Br J Dermatol4
February 2009 Delineating curettage as an adjunct to BCC excision Plast Reconstr Surg5
January 2009 Skin surgery to the ear faces the greatest bleeding risk – a prospective study
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surgery6
December 2009 Malignant spindle cell tumour review – 2nd author Dermatol Surg7
September 2008 Smokers Versus non smokers and skin surgery British Journal of Dermatology8
May 2008 Let’s get back to basics managing melanoma British Medical Journal9
November 2007 Bleeding complications in skin cancer surgery are associated with warfarin but not aspirin therapy British Journal of Surgery10
September 2007 Perceptions of skin surgery service, - prospective study
J. Am Academy Dermatology11
August 2006 Randomized clinical trial of the effect of applying ointment to surgical wounds before occlusive dressing British Journal of Surgery12
June 2006 Prospective study of wound infections in dermatologic surgery in the absence of prophylactic antibiotics. Dermatologic Surgery13
July 2006 Reducing opposed multilobed flaps result in fewer complications than traditional repair techniques when closing medium sized defects on the leg following excision of skin tumour Dermatologic Surgery14
August 2007 Experimental approaches to skin cancer Australian Family Physician15
July 2007 Melanoma management in 2007 Australian Family Physician16
June 2007 Managing antithrombotics for skin surgery Australian Family Physician17
May 2007 Treating actinic keratoses with imiquimod Australian Family Physician18
April 2007 Arc welding and the risk of skin cancer Australian Family Physician19
March 2007 Rare skin cancers in General Practice Australian Family Physician20
February 2007 High risk squamous cell carcinoma Australian Family Physician21
January 2007 Vernier callipers in skin surgery Journal American Academy Derm22
December 2006 Micronodular BCC Australian Family Physician23
November 2006 Melanoma with cutaneous secondaries Australian Family Physician24
October 2006 Managing skin cancer below the knee Australian Family Physician25
September 2006 Skin cancer in patients with multiple health problems Aust Family Physician26
August 2006 Dysplastic melanocytic naevus syundrome Australian Family Physician27
July 2006 One lump or two – infiltrating BCC on the nose Australian Family Physician28
April 2006 The Multicenter Lymphadenectomy Trial Spells a Halt to Sentinel Node Biopsy
Feb 2006 Skin cancer clinics in Australia: workload profile and performance indicators from an analysis of billing data Med J Aust – Secondary author30
Jan 2006 Skin cancer medicine in primary care: towards an agenda for quality health outcomes Med J Aust – Secondary author31
Aug 2005 23 Golden Rules in managing Skin Cancer Australian Family Physician32
Jan 2005 Multiple superficial BCCs – Topical Imiquimod Vs curette and cryotherapy33
Australian Family Physician
Nov 2004 Reducing opposed multilobed flap repair, a new technique for managing medium-sized low-leg defects following skin cancer surgery Dermatologic Surgery34
Aug 2004 Ultraviolet radiation from welding and possible risk of skin and ocular malignancy
Med J Aust35
Procedures undertaken include:
§ Simple skin excisions
§ Punch / shave / excisional / curette and incisional skin biopsies
§ Random pattern skin flap procedures - a large array of types
§ Island flap type procedures including
§ Full thickness excision and repairs of lip, eyelid, ear, nose, cheek
§ Full thickness skin grafts including punch grafts
§ Interpolation flaps
§ Myocutaneous flaps
§ Supratrochlear (forehead) flap repairs
§ Lymph node biopsies: - fine needle aspirate
§ Partial thickness skin grafts
§ Margin control surgery
§ Scar revision including dermabrasion and wound refashion
§ Skin curettage
§ Surgery for all types of skin tumour including malignant melanoma, BCCs and SCCs
§ Photodynamic therapy
§ Regional nerve field blocks
Procedures NOT undertaken
Cosmetic procedures are not undertaken. Professor Dixon's practice focuses exclusively on treatment of pathological skin lesions. No procedures are undertaken where there is no skin lesion, naevus or pathology present.
FIND OUT ABOUT DR. DIXON'S TEACHING ACTIVITY SINCE 2005 HERE.
Publications in detail:
1. Rosengren H, Dixon A. Antibacterial prophylaxis in dermatologic surgery: an evidence-based review. Am J Clin Dermatol;11:35-44.
2. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB. Prospective study of skin surgery in patients with and without known diabetes. Dermatol Surg 2009;35:1035-40.
3. Dixon A, Rosengren H, Connelly T, Dixon J. Education in skin cancer management - Assessing knowledge and safety. Aust Fam Physician 2009;38:557-60.
4. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB, Del Mar CB. Prospective study of skin surgery in smokers vs. nonsmokers. Br J Dermatol 2009;160:365-7.
5. Connelly T, Dixon A. Delineating curettage as an adjunct to excision of Basal cell carcinoma: results in 334 cases. Plast Reconstr Surg 2009;123:59e-60e.
6. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB. Skin surgery to the ear risks increased bleeding complications - a prospective study. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2008.
7. Connelly T, Mones J, Dixon A. Ulcerated malignant spindle-cell neoplasm of the finger: malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor or desmoplastic malignant melanoma? Dermatol Surg 2009;35:2013-8.
8. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB, Del Mar CB. Prospective study of skin surgery in smokers vs. nonsmokers. Br J Dermatol 2008.
9. Dixon A. Let's get back to basics in managing melanoma. BMJ 2008;336:1033.
10. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB. Bleeding complications in skin cancer surgery are associated with warfarin but not aspirin therapy. Br J Surg 2007;94:1356-60.
11. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB. Prospective study of long-term patient perceptions of their skin cancer surgery. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;57:445-53.
12. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Dixon JB. Randomized clinical trial of the effect of applying ointment to surgical wounds before occlusive dressing. Br J Surg 2006;93:937-43.
13. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP, Askew DA, Wilkinson D. Prospective study of wound infections in dermatologic surgery in the absence of prophylactic antibiotics. Dermatol Surg 2006;32:819-27.
14. Dixon A, Dixon MP, Dixon JB. Reducing opposed multilobed flaps result in fewer complications than traditional repair techniques when closing medium sized defects on the leg following excision of skin tumour. Dermatol Surg 2006;32.
15. Dixon A. Check Program - experimental approaches to skin cancer management. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:583.
16. Dixon AJ, Connelly TJ, Diminic K, Paul SP, Cleaver LJ. Melanoma management in 2007. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:488-9.
17. Dixon A. Managing bleeding complications in skin surgery. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:435-6.
18. Dixon A. Treating actinic keratoses with imiquimod. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:341-2.
19. Dixon A. Arc welding and the risk of cancer. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:255-6.
20. Dixon A. Rare skin cancers in general practice. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:141-3.
21. Dixon A. High risk squamous cell carcinoma. Aust Fam Physician 2007;36:49-50.
22. Connelly T, Dixon A. Surgical pearl: Use of digital Vernier calipers for measurement of lesional and excisional dimensions. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007;56:146.
23. Dixon A. Micronodular basal cell carcinomas. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35:965-6.
24. Dixon A. Melanoma with cutaneous melanoma secondaries. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35:871-2.
25. Dixon A. Managing skin cancer below the knee. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35:785-6.
26. Dixon A. Skin cancer in patients with multiple health problems. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35:717-8.
27. Dixon A. Dysplastic melanocytic naevus syndrome. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35:601-2.
28. Dixon A. One lump or two? A case study of infiltrating BCC on the nose. Aust Fam Physician 2006;35:505-6.
29. Dixon A. The Multicenter Lymphadenectomy Trial Spells a Halt to Sentinel Node Biopsy. CML Dermatology 2006;11:1-5.
30. Wilkinson D, Askew DA, Dixon A. Skin cancer clinics in Australia: workload profile and performance indicators from an analysis of billing data. Med J Aust 2006;184:162-4.
31. Wilkinson D, Bourne P, Dixon A, Kitchener S. Skin cancer medicine in primary care: towards an agenda for quality health outcomes. Med J Aust 2006;184:11-2.
32. Dixon AJ, Hall RS. Managing skin cancer--23 golden rules. Aust Fam Physician 2005;34:669-71.
33. Dixon AJ. Multiple superficial basal cell carcinomata--topical imiquimod versus curette and cryotherapy. Aust Fam Physician 2005;34:49-52.
34. Dixon AJ, Dixon MP. Reducing opposed multilobed flap repair, a new technique for managing medium-sized low-leg defects following skin cancer surgery. Dermatol Surg 2004;30:1406-11.
35. Dixon AJ, Dixon BF. Ultraviolet radiation from welding and possible risk of skin and ocular malignancy. Med J Aust 2004;181:155-7.