Mr Iain Nixon

Mr Iain Nixon

Consultant ENT Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Iain Nixon at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments


Submandibular gland surgery

Thyroid gland surgery

Parotid gland surgery


Neck Lymph node surgery

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Professional profile

I am currently an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon in NHS Lothian and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer 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.

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.

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

My current scope of practice includes not only general adult ENT surgery but thyroid surgery and head and neck surgery.

Clinical Interests

Ear, nose and throat
Balance disorders
Head and neck pathology
Head and neck surgery
Hearing loss
Sinus surgery
Sleep disorders
Thyroid surgery
Voice disorders

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

General Medical Council
British Medical Association
ENT Scotland
British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
American Head and Neck Society

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Current NHS posts

NHS Lothian

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Private contact details

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary Sandra Knowles - 0751 907 0640
Private secretary email