Iain Nixon

His clinical interests include head and neck and thyroid surgery with a focus on research in to oncological and functional outcomes for this patient group. As an Honorary Clinical Reader and NRS Fellow, he is an active principle investigator on both multi centre clinical trials and translational trials in the field.

Iain Nixon

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Honorary Clinical Reader

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Mr Nixon is a clinical and academic ENT surgeon with an interest in head and neck and thyroid cancer.  Following undergraduate and higher surgical training in Glasgow, he completed fellowship training in both Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York.  In addition to clinical training, Mr Nixon completed a PhD in thyroid cancer clinical outcomes in 2013 in Amsterdam University.

Since joining the faculty in Edinburgh in 2015 Mr Nixon has developed skull base and thyroid services in NHS Lothian.  From an academic perspective he was awarded the NHS Research Scotland fellowship in 2018 and became an Honorary Clinical Reader for Edinburgh University in 2019. 

Mr Nixon has represented NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh at with invited lectures across the UK, Europe and North America.  His work has not only been widely presented but has resulted in over 125 peer review publications (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1R9f7LCzOMIAA/bibliography/public/) (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8919-8783) and over 5000 citations to date.  In addition to these publications, Mr Nixon has authored and edited more than 40 book chapters on Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery and Thyroid Surgery. 


MBChB                                      1999     

FRCS ORL-HNS (Edin)         2009

PhD                                             2013

Awards and Distinctions

NHS Research Scotland - Fellowship, 2018-2021

Syme Medal, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2017

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre Chairman's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research, June 2013

Highlighted oral abstract ATA meeting, 2012

Winner Best Poster, AHNS International Meeting, 2012

Winner Karl Storz prize, RSM, March 2012

Winner Best Presentation, BAHNO, April 2011

Winner Karl Storz prize, RSM, March 2011


A list of Iain Nixons publications can be found by clicking here.