Dr Ben Dixon

Dr Ben Dixon has completed extensive training to provide expert and innovative surgical care for those suffering from tumours and cancer in the head and neck. His thorough approach incorporates the latest evidence and detailed personalised planning to achieve superior outcomes and long-term functional results.
Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgeon

About Ben

Dr Ben Dixon dedicated his practice to the field of Head & Neck Cancer after completing Melbourne based training in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. His post-fellowship training included a two-year Head & Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship at the renowned Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.

This provided Dr Dixon with higher skills in cancer ablation, thyroid surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery and microvascular reconstruction. He later received a fellowship diploma from the American Head & Neck Society.

Dr Dixon underwent further training in robotic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania before establishing the Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery program at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is now the most experienced surgeon employing this technique in Melbourne. His research focus is surgeon-computer interface design and image-guided surgery. He has a PhD in computer assistance during surgery—and is considered an expert in this field.

He has extensive experience treating all tumours in the head and neck region, excluding brain and spinal tumours. His expertise includes parotid surgery, trans-oral robotic surgery for oropharyngeal (throat) cancer and parapharyngeal tumours, nose and sinus surgery, and endoscopic skull base surgery. His high-volume experience in targeted, minimally-invasive approaches to parotid tumours results in excellent functional and cosmetic results with outstanding patient satisfaction.

Dr Dixon is Director and Head of Unit of the ENT Head & Neck Unit at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. 



Dr Ben Dixon specialises in


  • MBBS (Hons), Monash University
  • FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Austrasian College of Surgeons)
  • (Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery)
  • American Head and Neck Society Fellowship Diploma
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
Post-Fellowship Training
  • Clinical Fellow- Head and Neck Surgery
    • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
    • Toronto General Hospital

The clinical fellowship program at the University of Toronto is accredited by the American Head and Neck Society for post-fellowship training. Two years dedicated to Head and Neck cancer surgery, thyroid surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery and microvascular reconstructive surgery.

  • Guided Therapeutics Research Fellow
    • University of Toronto
Current Appointments
  • Chair, Epworth Hospital Head and Neck Cancer Service
  • Director, Head of Unit (ENT, Head and Neck Surgery)
    • St Vincents Hospital, Melbourne
  • Director, Halcyon Surgery, Epworth Richmond
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne Univerisity
    • Senior Fellow (Clinical), Department of Surgery
      • The University of Melbourne
Awards and Scholarships
  • Foundation for Surgery Research Scholarship
    • (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) 2012
  • Morgan Travelling Scholar
    • (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) 2011
  • DS Rosengarten Surgical Research Prize
    • (Department of Surgery, Monash University) 2004
PhD Research
  • Title: Optimising real-time surgical navigation interface design: enhancing spatial awareness while limiting distraction.
    • Supervisors: Professor Peter Choong, A/Prof Bernard Lyons, Professor Jonathan Irish
    • Confirmation Report and Presentation- January 2012
    • Confirmation of PhD candidature April 30, 2012
    • Completed February 2017

Meet the Team Members

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Dr Matthew Magarey


Dr Tim McLean