Dr Anne Collins Cosmetic Surgeon

About Dr Collins


Dr. Anne Collins

Dr Collins is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon and is a registered specialist with both the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Irish Medical Council. She holds consultant positions at Dunedin Hospital and Southland Hospital, Invercargill and operates privately at Mercy Hospital, Dunedin and Southern Cross Central Lakes Hospital in Queenstown.

Dr Collins graduated with honours from University College Dublin in 2004. Her journey to become a specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon involved rotations through the major plastic surgery centres in Ireland and allowed her to gain experience and exposure to all aspects of adult and paediatric plastic surgery. In 2015, Dr Collins successfully completed the Intercollegiate Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Surgeons, in addition to the Fellowship Examination of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. She subsequently relocated to Sydney, Australia, where she completed two further years of advanced training, incorporating microsurgical breast and head and neck reconstruction, cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body and hand surgery.

Throughout her career, Dr Collins has demonstrated a commitment to academia. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Surgery. Her fellowship training in Sydney was supported by the prestigious Dr Richard Steven’s Scholarship and Ethicon foundation grants. In addition to international and national prizes for research, she was also awarded the Federation of the European Societies for Surgery of the Hand travelling fellowship. At present, she is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago and enjoys her role in training and inspiring future generations of plastic surgeons.

“As a plastic surgeon, I see a broad range of clinical conditions affecting patients of all ages. It is truly a diverse specialty and every single day is different. I thrive on the challenge and the pursuit of excellence. I am fortunate to have had the unfailing support of my family and friends to pursue a career that has allowed me to make a positive difference in so many peoples’ lives.”

  • FRCSI (plast): Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 2015
  • FEBOPRAS: Fellowship of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, 2015
  • MCh: Master of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2010
  • MRCSI: Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2007
  • MB BCh BAO (Hons): Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics, University College Dublin, 2004
  • B Med Sci (Hons): Bachelor of Medical Science, University College Dublin, 2004
  • New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Vocational registration, Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Irish Medical Council
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Fellow of the European Board of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
  • Ethicon Foundation Travel Grant, 2017
  • Richard Steeven’s Scholarship: Health Service Executive Specialist Registrar Training Abroad Programme, 2015
  • Ethicon Foundation Travel Grant, 2015     
  • Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand travelling fellowship to the Wrightington Upper Limb Unit, UK, 2013
  • Best Paper, The Irish Hand Surgery Society Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Research Conference Travel Grant, Department of Research, Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, 2013
  • Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Clinical Conundrum prize, 2012
  • The Kilner Prize, Best Overall Paper, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Meeting, London, 2008
  • Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Surgical Section, 1st prize, 2008
  • Brendan Devlin Poster Prize, Waterford Surgical October Club, 2008
  • Academic Scholarship to University College Dublin, 1998
  • Collins AM, Woods JFC, O’Neill SP, Hanson RP, Ridgway PF. Plastic Surgery Training Courses: Motivation, Money Matters and More. Int J Surg Res Pract 2018; 5:063
  • Collins AM. Microsurgery fellowship at St. Vincent’s hospital, Sydney, Australia; the ultimate hidden gem. Annals of Plastic Surgery 2017; 79(5):423-425
  • Collins AM, Granahan AM, Healy DG, Lawlor CA, O’Neill SP. Giant desmoid tumour of the thorax following latissimus dorsi and implant breast reconstruction: case report and review of the literature. Irish Medical Journal 2017; 110(3):534
  • Quinlan CS, Collins AM, Nason GJ, Dempsey M. The Use of Social Media by Plastic Surgery Journals. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016;69(7):1009-11
  • Collins AM, Quinlan CS, Dolan RT, O’Neill SP, Tierney P, Cronin KJ, Ridgway PF. Audiovisual preconditioning enhances the efficacy of an upper limb dissection course: A randomised study. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015;68(7):1010-5
  • Collins AM, Earley MJE. Mountmellick embroidery work of the areas reached by the first dorsal metacarpal artery flap. J Hand Surg Am 2014: 39(3): 543-4
  • Kelly EG, Collins AM, Imran FH, Cronin KJ. Double trouble: Rugby associated simultaneous rupture of flexor digitorum profundus tendon in zones I and III. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2013:66(12): 1795-7
  • Collins AM, Connaughton JJ, ADK Hill, PF Ridgway. Bare below the elbows: the patients’ perspective. A comparative study of a tertiary and district general hospital. Irish Medical Journal 2013; 106(9)
  • Murphy S, Collins A, O’Sullivan ST. The mosquito-handle: Speed and uniformity in de-epithelializing a breast pedicle for reduction mammoplasty. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery 2011; 19(3): 111
  • Ridgway PF, Collins AM, McCready DR. The surgical Importance of an axillary arch in sentinel node biopsy. Surg Radiol Anat. 2011; 33(2): 147-9
  • Collins AM, Ridgway PF, Hassan MSU, Chou CWK, Hill AD, Kneafsey B. Surgical Instruction for General Practitioners: How, who and how often? J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2010; 63(7): 1156-62
  • Collins AM, Power KT, Hill AD, Kneafsey B. Achilles tendon reconstruction following excision of a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour: Evaluation at five years follow-up. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2010; 263(1): e62-4
  • Collins AM, Power KT, Gaughan B, Hill AD, Kneafsey B. Abdominal wall reconstruction for a large caesarean section scar endometrioma. Surgeon 2009; 7(4): 252-3
  • Collins AM, Ridgway PF, Killeen RP, Dodd JD, Tolan M. Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation of the lung: Issues raised by delayed diagnosis. Respirology 2009; 14(7): 1058-60
  • Collins AM, Ridgway PF, McDonald K, Tolan M. Delayed cardiac tamponade following blunt thoracic trauma. Injury Extra 2008; 39:253-255
  • Collins AM, Moriarty JM, Laing AJ, Synnott K. Penetrating spinal injury by a projectile diamond bead in a limestone quarry. Injury Extra 2008; 39:62-64
  • Collins AM, Shah SAH, O’Reilly T. Square peg into a round hole: closure of a laparotomy wound dehiscence with a modified rhomboid flap. Internet Journal of Plastic Surgery 2007; 4:1
  • Collins AM, Winter DC, McCormick AP, Cottell DC, Geoghegan JG. Amiodarone hepatotoxicity complicating obstructive jaundice due to ampullary cancer. Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disease International 2007; 6(4): 435-437
  • Moriarty J, Collins A, Eustace S. Medical Images: Haemochromatosis. Hospital Doctor 2006; 12(5): 22