Mr Thomas Handley

Mr Thomas Handley

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial/Head & Neck Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery
  • Dentoalveolar surgery
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Oral medicine and orofacial pathology including facial skin cancer surgery

I am an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon working in NHS Lothian. My sub-specialty interest and main practice is in head and neck surgery for both benign and malignant conditions, with a particular interest in facial reconstruction with microvascular techniques.

I qualified with honours in dentistry at Newcastle University and again with honours in medicine and surgery at the University of Dundee. Following my basic and higher surgical training in the West of Scotland.

I undertook a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and reconstruction in the Ninth Peoples Hospital in Shanghai, China – which is one of the busiest oral cancer units in the world.

During my time in NHS Lothian I have developed a sentinel node biopsy service for head and neck cancer, as well as developing the use of 3D technology and planning in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

I provide consultation and treatment for all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery including dentoalveolar surgery, salivary gland surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, maxillofacial trauma, oral medicine and orofacial pathology including facial skin cancer surgery.


General Medical Council Number: C6156996

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Thomas Handley at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Facial trauma
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Head and neck disorders
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Oral/dentoalveolar surgery
  • Temporomandibular joint surgery

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Additional information

Facial surgery
Head and neck surgery
Maxillofacial surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Oral surgery

Special clinical interests: Facial reconstruction, microvascular surgery and salivary gland surgery.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow

British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

European Head & Neck Society

British Association of Head & Neck Oncologists

European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeons

Consultant Surgeon, St Johns Hospital, NHS Lothian.

Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, Western General Hospital.

I am married to a local GP and have three beautiful children who occupy all my free time.