Professor Peter Thomson

Professor of Maxillofacial Surgery

School of Dentistry
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Conjoint Professor

School of Dentistry
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 58064


Professor Peter Thomson BDS(Hons) MBBS MSc PhD DDSc MD FDSRCS(Eng) FFDRCS(Ireland) FRCS(Ed)

A UK specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Peter Thomson first qualified in Dentistry, BDS (Hons) from Manchester University in 1982, and subsequently in Medicine, MBBS from Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1988. He was Lecturer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Turner Dental School in Manchester between 1989 and 1996, during which time he undertook research into epithelial cell biology and oral carcinogenesis at the Christie Hospital gaining both MSc and PhD degrees. Peter obtained Fellowships in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Ireland in 1990 and an FRCS from Edinburgh in 1992. Having completed his surgical training in Maxillofacial Surgery and Head and Neck Oncology, Peter was appointed to the Chair in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Newcastle University in 1996.

During his 20 years at Newcastle, Peter led both academic and clinical departments, was a founder member of the Northern Head & Neck Cancer Unit, and served as Clinical Director of the Newcastle Dental Hospital for 4 years. His principal clinical and research interests are in early diagnosis and surgical intervention for oral cancer and potentially malignant disease and he has published and presented over 250 research papers internationally. Peter is also an active clinical educator and has contributed to the development of oral surgical competency training for undergraduate BDS courses. In 2009 he was appointed Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and in 2011 a King James IV Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 2014, Peter was appointed Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, and awarded a higher doctorate, DDSc from Manchester University, for his research work in oral oncology. In 2016, he was awarded an MD from the University of Bath for a research thesis on the interventional management of oral potentially malignant disorders. Peter joined UQ's School of Dentistry as Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Academic Clinical Director in April 2016. In 2017, he was appointed Director of the conjoint UQ/MNHHS Oral Health Alliance.

Research Interests

  • Mouth Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment


  • Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Fellowship of the College, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Fellowship in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Doctor of Dental Science, The University of Manchester
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, The Victoria University of Manchester
  • Doctor of Medicine, The University of Bath


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Journal Article

  • Thomson, Peter (2017) Building an Alliance: A new future for academic dentistry 'Down Under'?. Faculty Dental Journal, 8 3: 122-127. doi:10.1308/rcsfdj.2017.122

  • Thomson, P. J., Goodson, M. L., Cocks, K. and Turner, J. E. (2017) Interventional laser surgery for oral potentially malignant disorders: a longitudinal patient cohort study. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 46 3: 337-342. doi:10.1016/j.ijom.2016.11.001

  • Anantharaman, Devasena, Muller, David C., Lagiou, Pagona, Ahrens, Wolfgang, Holcatova, Ivana, Merletti, Franco, Kjaerheim, Kristina, Polesel, Jerry, Simonato, Lorenzo, Canova, Cristina, Castellsague, Xavier, Macfarlane, Tatiana V., Znaor, Ariana, Thomson, Peter, Robinson, Max, Conway, David I., Healy, Claire M., Tjonneland, Anne, Westin, Ulla, Ekstrom, Johanna, Chang-Claude, Jenny, Kaaks, Rudolf, Overvad, Kim, Drogan, Dagmar, Hallmans, Goran, Laurell, Goran, Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B., Peeters, Petra H., Agudo, Antonio, Larranaga, Nerea, Travis, Ruth C., Palli, Domenico, Barricarte, Aurelio, Trichopoulou, Antonia, George, Saitakis, Trichopoulos, Dimitrios, Ramon Quiros, J., Grioni, Sara, Sacerdote, Carlotta, Navarro, Carmen, Sanchez, Maria-Jose, Tumino, Rosario, Severi, Gianluca, Boutron-Ruault, Marie-Christine, Clavel-Chapelon, Francoise, Panico, Salvatore, Weiderpass, Elisabete, Lund, Eiliv, Gram, Inger T., Riboli, Elio, Pawlita, Michael, Waterboer, Tim, Kreimer, Aimee R., Johansson, Mattias and Brennan, Paul (2016) Combined effects of smoking and HPV16 in oropharyngeal cancer. International Journal of Epidemiology, 45 3: 752-761. doi:10.1093/ije/dyw069

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