Craig MacKinnon is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. He has been a director at the Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute since 2002 and bases his private practice here.
In addition to general plastic and reconstructive surgery, he has a specialist interest in:
- aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of the face, breast, and trunk
- cleft lip and palate surgery
- head and neck cancer surgery
- skin cancer surgery
- craniomaxillofacial surgery.
Training, qualifications, and memberships
Craig graduated from Otago Medical School in 1989 and subsequently trained in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in Wellington and Hamilton. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1999.
He then spent time overseas, where he:
- completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery in Adelaide, Australia
- worked in private practice in Adelaide
- continued his specialist training in cosmetic surgery in London, where he completed a fellowship in aesthetic surgery.
He has also worked in Hamburg, Germany; then in Asia:
- at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
- at the Chang Gung Craniofacial Centre in Taipei, Taiwan.
Craig is a member of :
- New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS)
- Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA)
- Court of Examiners (PRS) , RACS
- NZ Censor's Committee (RACS)
- Australia and New Zealand Head and Neck Society (ANZHNS)
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
As well as his private practice, since 2002 Craig has been a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Wellington Regional Plastic Surgery, Burns, and Maxillofacial Unit, Hutt Hospital, where he is clinical director for the regional service for Cleft lip and Palate surgery, and is a member of the Head and Neck Cancer Service.
Craig is currently Deputy H.O.D, Wellington Regional Plastic, Maxillofacial & Burns Unit.
His hospital accreditations include Hutt Hospital, Wakefield Hospital and Bowen Hospital.
Craig is involved in Interplast Australia and New Zealand, volunteering his time to work in the Asia-Pacific region to provide treatment and deliver medical training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In 2015 Craig was named as a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in recognition of his volunteer work.
Publications: C MacKinnon
1. Lee R, MacKinnon C, Aburn N, Tan ST
Orbital Immunoglobulin IgG4 – related inflammatory fibrosclerosing lesion treated with pentoxifylline and α- tocopherol: case report
Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2015 Feb, 53:197-199
2. Lindford A, McIntyre B, Marsh R, MacKinnon CA, Davis C, Tan ST
Outcomes of the treatment of head and neck sarcomas in a tertiary referral center
Front Surg (2015); 2:19
3. Lee R, MacKinnon CA, Aburn N, Tan ST
Treatment of Orbital IgG4 - Related Disease
Int J Ophthalmol Clin Res. (2015); 2:019
4. Guidera A, Kelly B, Rigby P, MacKinnon C, Tan ST.
Early oral intake after reconstruction with a free flap for cancer of the oral cavity
Br J Oral and Maxillofac Surg. 2012 July; 51 (2013) 224-227
5. Tan ST, Staiano J, Itinteang T, McIntyre B, MacKinnon C, Glasson D
Gold weight implantation and lateral tarsorrhaphy for upper eyelid paralysis.
J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2012 July; 4 (2013) e49-e53
6. Itinteang T, Lambe GF, MacKinnon C, Agir H
Spontaneously reduced isolated orbital roof fracture
J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Jul; 23(4):1200
7. Tan ST, Rajpal K, MacKinnon CA
Smoking cessation in patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer
NZ Med J 2011 Jan; 124(1328)130-1
8. Agir H, MacKinnon C, Tan ST.
Li-Fraumeni syndrome: a case with 4 separate primary sarcomas and 5 sequential free flaps in the maxillofacial region.
J Oral Maxillofacial Surg. 2008 Aug; 66(8):1714-9
9. Agir H, Adams BM, MacKinnon CA.
Squamous cell carcinoma of the palm: a case report.
Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2007 Aug-Oct; 41(4): 321-5. [Turkish]
10. Agir H, Aburn N, Davis C, MacKinnon C, Tan ST
W(h)ither orbital pseudotumour
J Craniofacial Surg.2007 Sep; 18(5):1148-53
11. Agir H, Unal C, Isil E, MacKinnon C.
A novel method to prevent tissue dessication during burn surgery: saline spray.
Burns. 2007 Sep;33(6):804-5.
12. Tan ST, MacKinnon CA.
Deep plane cervicofacial flap: a useful and versatile technique in head and neck surgery.
Head Neck. 2006 Jan;28(1):46-55.
13. Choudhary S, MacKinnon CA, Morrissey GP, Tan ST.
A case of giant nasal pyogenic granuloma gravidarum.
J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Mar;16(2):319-21
14. Porter CJ, Simcock JW, MacKinnon CA
Necrotising fasciitis and cellulitis after traditional Samoan tattooing: case reports.
J Infect. 2005 Feb:50(2):149-52
15. Tofield CE, MacKinnon CA.
Cleft palate repair in spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita: minimizing the risk of cervical cord compression.
Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2003 Nov;40(6):629-31
16. MacKinnon CA
A pedicle forearm fillet flap aided by subperiosteal proximal dissection in shoulder disarticulation.
Plast Reconst Surg. 2003 Jun; 111(7):2474; author reply 2474-5.
17. MacKinnon CA, David DJ, Cooter RD.
Blindness and severe visual impairment in facial fractures: an 11 year review.
Br J Plast Surg. 2002 Jan;55(1):1-7
18. MacKinnon CA, David DJ
Oblique facial clefting associated with unicoronal synostosis.
J Craniofac Surg. 2001 May; 12(3):227-31.
19. MacKinnon C, Klaassen M, Widdowson P.
Reconstruction of a severe chest and abdominal wall electrical burn injury in a pediatricpatient.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 May; 103(6):1775-7;quiz 1778. Review.
20. MacKinnon C, Lovie M.
An alternative treatment for Frey syndrome.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Feb;103(2):745-6.