John M Chaplin


John is a New Zealand trained Head and Neck Surgeon with expertise in the management of metastatic cutaneous malignancy to the parotid gland and neck lymph nodes and in reconstruction of complex defects created by surgery to remove tumours.

John spent one year in fellowship training at the Sydney Cancer Centre Institute and during that time worked with the Sydney Melanoma Unit Head and Neck patients. He did a second fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York City where he trained in microvascular head and neck reconstruction.

John has worked as a head and neck surgeon in Auckland since 1999 and is one of the most experienced surgeons in his field in the country. He treats all forms of head and neck melanoma including primary lesions, sentinel node biopsy and metastatic disease. He is actively involved in research and has published widely in the head and neck literature. John is the director of an international head and neck surgery fellowship based at Auckland City Hospital and is regularly invited to lecture at national and international meetings.

Memberships and Associations

  • Head and Neck Group Secretary RACS
  • Founding Member Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Society
  • New Zealand Melanoma Unit
  • Australian Association Endocrine Surgeons
  • New Zealand Society Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • University of Auckland


Gillies Hospital
160 Gillies Ave

Phone: 096 311 948

Fax: 096 308 167