Dr Nick McIvor


MB ChB 1980 Otago; FRCS Edin 1986; FRACS 1990

Title or Designation

Otolaryngologist, Head & Neck Surgeon, Head and Neck Surgeon, Thyroid, Facial Plastic and Rhinoplasty Surgeon, ORL Surgeon

Post-fellowship Training

Dept ORL/HNS, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland

Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Full NZ Registration Date

23 November 1981

Vocational Scope

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery


Dr Nick McIvor is one of New Zealand's most experienced Head & Neck Surgeons. Earlier this year, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  awarded Nick with the Colin McRae Medal for outstanding contribution to New Zealand Surgery. Nick has undergone extensive training in surgery of the head and neck and provides expertise in the resection of tumours as well as employing state of the art techniques in complex reconstructions. The experience gleaned from his large rhinoplasty and facial plastics practice complements his reconstructive skills.  He is dedicated to providing a personalised and quality service.

A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Nick is an integral member of the Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Service based at Auckland City Hospital.  He is also the co-director of the Head & Neck Fellowship there. He is currently the Lead of the Head and Neck Tumour Stream in developing National Tumour Standards with the Department of Health.  He is a former Examiner in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Nick is actively involved in the teaching of under-graduate students and post-graduate doctors. Nick has recently co-written a chapter on Parathyroid Surgery for a leading British Textbook on Head & Neck Surgery (Stell & Maran), and is currently  writing a chapter for a surgical atlas on Free Flap Reconstruction of the head and neck.  He has recently audited the results of treatment for HPV-related throat (tonsil and base of tongue) cancer for the Auckland region and is currently reviewing the management of Medullary Thyroid Cancer throughout New Zealand.

In 2017, Nick was the convenor of the head and neck section for the 4th South Pacific ORL Forum in Hawaii.  There, he ran an Ultrasound Workshop for surgeons and gave talks on parotid and thyroid surgery. In 2017 Nick was also a reviewer on a video session at the 3rd World Congress on Thyroid Cancer in Boston, Massacheussets, later that year he also receieved a Presidential Citation from the NZ ORL/Head & Neck Society for his work in Head and Neck Surgery.

In his private practice, Nick is also able to provide a multidisciplinary approach for his patients when required as he has strong links with endocrinology, oncology, speech and swallow therapy, and nutritional services.