About A/Prof Bruce Johnstone
Completing Plastic Surgery training in Melbourne in 1989, Bruce undertook a further two years of subspecialist fellowships in the United States. In 1991, Bruce developed the subspecialty of hand surgery at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Childrens Hospitals as well as being an active reconstructive microsurgeon. His areas of interest included upper limb reconstruction in adults, particularly following trauma and advanced arthritis, peripheral nerve surgery, head and neck, lower limb, chest wall and breast reconstruction. At the Royal Children’s Hospital he further developed techniques for salivary control management as well as establishing the Melbourne Paediatric Hand Centre in 1994. He has particularly developed upper limb surgery in cerebral palsy and has been heading the Obstetric Brachial Plexus Clinic since 2000.
- Management of skin lesions including skin malignancies
- Hand surgery including management of arthritis and joint replacement
- Peripheral nerve injuries and entrapments
- Breast reduction
- Breast augmentation
- Mastopexy (breast lift)
- Breast reconstruction including prosthetic, regional and free flap reconstruction
- Nipple reconstruction
- Gynaecomastia correction (male breast)
- Body lift
- Fat transfer
- Prominent prominent ear correction (otoplasty)
- Paediatric plastic surgery (excluding cleft and craniofacial surgery)
- Scar revision
- Saliva control surgery
Breast aesthetic and reconstructive surgery is a major part of his practice. He works closely with a number of oncological breast surgeons. The subspecialty of paediatric hand and plastic surgery has also featured in his public and private work for 25 years. Within hand surgery he has extensive experience in spasticity such as cerebral palsy and in joint replacement and other management of arthritis.
Hospitals Practicing At
Plastic, reconstructive, hand and aesthetic procedures are offered at St Vincent’s Private East Melbourne (Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit), Epworth Cliveden Hill, Frances Perry House, Ringwood Private Hospital.
Local anaesthetic procedures can be scheduled at city rooms, Heidelberg and Ringwood.
Deputy Director, Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, RCH, Melbourne
Associate Professor, University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, RCH 2004
As a Melbourne University medical student in the late 1970s, Bruce Johnstone became interested in solving difficult and unusual problems and began to focus on the surgical specialties in order to assist patients in practical and tangible ways. Upon graduation, he spent four years working in various surgical specialties at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg before being selected into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons plastic surgical training program. He trained at Peter MacCallum Clinic, the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit at PANCH, the Royal Childrens Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. A further two years of subspecialist fellowships were completed in Atlanta Georgia and Salt Lake City Utah, USA. Areas of expertise developed in these prestigious American centres included microsurgery, paediatric plastic surgery, breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, and in particular during his year in a Salt Lake City, hand and upper limb surgery with training in both the Departments of Plastic and Orthopaedic surgery.
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Australian Hand Surgery Society
Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Australian Medical Association
Jurkiewicz Society, Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Court of Examiners, RACS 1998-2006
Adult and paediatric private patients are seen by appointment at the Elizabeth Street, Heidelberg and Ringwood Private Hospital rooms.
All patients should have a written referral from their family doctor or another specialist.
Fees are based on the schedule recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) resulting in a gap between the fee charged and the refund obtained from Medicare and your private health fund. The AMA fees reflect the cost of providing professional facilities and running a practice. Payment of the gap is the responsibility of the patient. An estimate of fees and anticipated out of pocket expenses will be provided before elective surgery.
Contact A/Prof Bruce Johnstone
Please call 03 9340 5858