Mr Iain J Nixon

Mr Iain J Nixon

Ear, nose and throat surgery 04614412


  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Head & neck oncology


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

I am currently an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon in NHS Lothian and an Honorary Clinical Reader at Edinburgh University.

My background is in ENT surgery, however I chose to specialize in head and neck surgery, for both benign and malignant conditions. Following standard UK higher surgical training, I completed advanced fellowship training in Guys and St Thomas' Hospital, London and then further super specialised training in one of the world's most highly regarded head and neck cancer hospitals: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

During this time I developed an interest in the management of thyroid disease, and completed a PhD in 2013.

As well as achieving the highest possible clinical training, I have always been passionate about research. I am current head and neck cancer lead for NHS Lothian. I am involved in multi centre studies in head and neck / thyroid surgery.

In contrast to most UK doctors I am very active in research both in the UK and on an international front. I am a recognised world expert in the management of thyroid cancer, having written a PhD on the subject. I regularly teach and present work on this subject at national and international meetings. My major interest is in the conservative management of well differentiated thyroid cancer.

I have spoken across the UK, Europe and North America on the subject and national and international levels, with special recognition from the Royal Society for Medicine, the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, the New York Head and Neck Society, the American Head and Neck Society and the American Thyroid Association.

Click here to see a summary of my academic achievements.

Having completed my training I worked for 2 years in East Kent as an ENT consultant before taking up my current academic position in Edinburgh.

Areas of interest

Thyroid; head and neck; salivary gland disease; tonsillectomy; laryngeal disease

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Procedures completed

  • E2501

    Fibre optic examination of the pharynx +/- biopsy/removal of foreign body - (>50)

  • D0702

    Aural toilet (including microsuction and/or suction of exteriorised mastoid cavity) including bilateral - (5-50)

  • F3440

    Tonsillectomy - adult (and bilateral) - (5-50)

  • B0830

    Total thyroid lobectomy & isthmectomy - (5-50)

  • E0380

    Nasal septum cauterisation (and bilateral) - (5-50)

  • T9400

    Operations on branchial cyst - (1-5)

  • B1012

    Excision of thyroglossal cyst/tract - (1-5)

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