Professor Tony Penington has recently been appointed as the inaugural incumbent of the Jigsaw Chair in Paediatric Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Melbourne, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. As well as having the longest title of any professorship in the university, this is a unique position that has been created with the aim of creating an academic department around the Plastic surgery unit at RCH. Tony will present his vision of how an excellent clinical unit can grow into an academic department that can benefit children with congenital deformities through clinical research, basic science and teaching and bring science to the practice of surgery at RCH.
Professor Penington trained in Plastic surgery in Melbourne and Brisbane, qualifying in 1996. Following a period as a research fellow at the Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Melbourne, he went to the UK to work for 18months as a clinical and research fellow in Oxford. Upon return to Melbourne he took up positions as Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Royal Children’s Hospital and St.Vincent’s Hospital. Professor Peninginton has published nearly 40 original research articles and a textbook of skin flap malformations; he has also been awarded an MD from the University.