Our Practice

The Hobart Institute Plastic Surgery

The Hobart Institute of Plastic Surgery is a  contemporary clinic in the heart of the CBD opposite Hobart Private Hospital where most of our operating is performed.

We offer modern Aesthetic Surgical technology including 3D imaging and augmented reality to aid in communication and surgical planning.  We provide the latest in functional Hand & Wrist surgery including Arthroscopy and joint replacement. We provide timely skin cancer surgery. Our attentive and experienced team will support you at every stage of care.

Please contact us to see how we can help you.

HIPS was founded in 2005. Read more about our history.


Meet Mr Cameron Keating

Mr Cameron Keating is a Victorian trained Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand & Wrist Surgeon, who was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2017. He has undertaken post-fellowship training in Hand & Wrist Surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney as part of the Australian Hand Surgery Society PFET program. Cameron has expertise in Hand & Wrist Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery and has undertaken Aesthetic Surgery observerships in Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart. He holds a public appointment at the Royal Hobart Hospital and his private practice is the Hobart Institute of Plastic Surgery in the Hobart CBD.

Cameron is the founder and director of the Tas MedTech Lab developing devices for improving healthcare in partnership with the University of Tasmania. He is also passionate about volunteering and using his surgical skills for the benefit of patients in developing countries. He was the inaugural Avant Interplast New Fellow in 2019-20, undertaking an annual two-week aid surgical program in Laos for paediatric and adult patients suffering from burns, trauma, and congenital deformities. Cameron is married to Julia whose field is humanitarian aid work and has two young daughters Lily and Ava. They returned from Melbourne in 2018 to raise their children in Hobart, close to Cameron’s family.

Cameron was born and schooled in Hobart until Year 12, where he was the Dux of Guilford Young College and was awarded an Australian Student Prize. He then completed medical school at the University of Melbourne on a National Medicine Scholarship (1999-2004). During medical school Cameron was awarded a J.G. Hunter Research Fellowship by the Australian Medical Association to undertake honours research into the HIV virus at the Burnet Institute. He was also awarded the Dean’s prize at St Vincent’s Hospital clinical school in his final year of study. After medical school Cameron was an Anatomy Demonstrator at the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy.

During Plastic Surgery training Cameron was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship to undertake Masters research at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School in nerve surgery. Cameron has received numerous research awards including the President’s Award (Best paper, Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery conference, Boston 2008), the H. Kirk Watson Founders’ Award (Best paper, The New England Hand Society, Boston 2011), and the Emmett prize twice (Best research paper, Plastic Surgery Registrar’s Conference, 2013 & 2014). In 2018, one of the medtech startups he mentors, Lateroll, won the national MedTech’s got Talent competition.

Surgical Training

Hand & Wrist Surgery: Post-Fellowship Education and Training (PFET), The Australian Hand
Surgery Society

  • 2019 Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
  • 2017 St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

Aesthetic Surgery observerships (various)

  • 2018-19 Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (FRACS): Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • Victoria/Tasmania 2011-16 (including 2011 in Boston)

Surgical Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

  • 2010-11 Supervisor, Dr Jonathan M. Winograd MD, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

General Surgery training, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • 2008-10 St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (PGDipSurgAnat), The University of Melbourne

  • 2007

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Science (MBBS/BMedSc),
The University of Melbourne

  • 1999-2004
  • 2001-2 BMedSc, Burnet Institute, Melbourne (supervisor, Prof. Johnson Mak)

Tas MedTech Lab
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
Australian Hand Surgery Society (AHSS)
Asia Pacific Wrist Association (APWA)
Australian and New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA)
Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC)
Australian Fulbright Alumni Organisation (AFAA)
American Australian Association Alumni Club

2020 CPAP Buddy, International winner (Australia/ India/ Singapore), The Actuator MedTech Accelerator
2019 Avant Interplast New Fellow, Laos surgical aid program
2019 CPAP Buddy, overall winner, UTas UPitch
2018 Lateroll, national winner, MedTech’s got Talent competition
2018 Lateroll, overall winner & people’s choice award, UTas UPitch
2014 Emmett Prize, Best Research Presentation, Plastic Surgery Registrar’s Conference
2013 Emmett Prize, Best Research Presentation, Plastic Surgery Registrar’s Conference
2011 H.Kirk Watson Founders’ Award, The New England Hand Society, Best Paper Presentation
2011 Basic Science Grant, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
2011 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow, American Australian Association
2011 Australian Postgraduate Award, The University of Melbourne
2010 Fulbright Gregory Schwartz Enrichment Grant, Australian-American Fulbright Association, Microsurgery training, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital & Columbia University Medical Center
2010 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Australian-American Fulbright Association
2009 Doctors in Training Grant, Medical Insurance Group Australia
2008 President’s Award Thoracic, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, Best Paper Presentation
2004 The Dean’s Prize, St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School, The University of Melbourne
2003 Melbourne Abroad Scholarship, The University of Melbourne
2001 J.G. Hunter Research Fellowship, Australian Medical Association
1999-2004 Melbourne National Medicine Scholarship, The University of Melbourne, Top 5 Undergraduate Students (Class of 240)
1999 Old Collegians’ Major Residential Scholarship, Newman College, The University of Melbourne
1999 Australian Student Prize, Federal Government of Australia, Top 100 graduating high-school students
1999 Tasmania University Scholarship in Medicine (declined), University of Tasmania
1999 Tasmania National Undergraduate Scholarship in Commerce (declined), University of Tasmania
1998 Dux, Guilford Young College, Hobart, Tasmania
1998 E.N.T.E.R. 99.95 (out of 99.95), Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank; T.C.E 100 (out of 100), Tasmanian Certificate of Education
1997 Academic Excellence Award, University of Tasmania

Crepaldi B.E., Keating, C., Ek E.T., Tham S.K.Y., “Medial Femoral Trochlea Graft for Scaphoid Waist Nonunion: A Case Report and Review of the Literature”, J Wrist Surg, Dec. 2019.

Pavan F., Albarki H.S., Keating C.P., God J.S., Leong J., “Does delay to theatre lead to increased infection rates in hand trauma? A retrospective cohort study”, November; 6(11):e2025, Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 2018.

Murphy A.D., Keating C.P. (co-1st author), Penington A., McCombe D., Coombs C.J., “Paediatric Fingertip Composite Grafts – Do they all go black?”, February, 70 (2): 173-177, JPRAS, 2016.

Zhou J., Mclean C., Keating C., Finkemeyer J., Morsi A., “Fibro-Osseous Pseudotumour of the Digit: An Illustrative Case and Review of the Literature”, Hand Surg, 2015: 20(3):458-462.

Jung Y., Ng J.H., Keating C.P., Senthil-Kumar P., Zhao J., Randolph M.A., Winograd J.M., Evans C.L., “Comprehensive Evaluation of Peripheral Nerve Regeneration in the Acute Healing Phase using Tissue Clearing and Optical Microscopy in a Rodent Model”, PLOS ONE, April, 9 (4): e94054, 2014.

Grinsell D., Keating C.P., “Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction after Injury: A Review of Clinical and Experimental Therapies”, BioMed Research International, Sept 3, 2014.

J Ye M., Mingsheng Ye J., Wu L., Keating C.P., Choi W.T., “A Challenging Diagnosis: Case Report of Extensive Pyoderma Gangrenosum at Multiple Sites”, Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, March 26, 2014.

Bittner G.D., Keating C.P., Kane J.R., Britt J.M., Spaeth C.S., Fan J.D., Zuzek A., Wilcott R.W., Thayer W.P., Winograd J.M., Gonzalez-Lima F., Schallert T., “Rapid, Effective and Long-Lasting Behavioral Recovery Produced by Microsutures, Methylene Blue, and Polyethylene Glycol after Completely Cutting Rat Sciatic Nerves”, J. Neurosci. Res., May; 90 (5): 967-80, 2012.

Keating C.P., Kong Y.X., Tay V., Knight S.R., Clarke C.P., Wright G.M., “VATS Thymectomy for Nonthymomatous Myasthenia Gravis: Standardized Outcome Assessment Using the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America Clinical Classification, Innovations, March; 6(2): 104-9, 2011.

Keating C.P., Hill M.K., Hawkes D.J., Smyth R.P., Isel C., Le S.Y., Palmenberg A.C., Marshall J.A., Marquet R., Nabel G.J., Mak J., “The A-rich RNA sequences of HIV-1 pol are important for the synthesis of viral cDNA”, Nucleic Acids Research, Feb; 37(3): 945-56, 2009.

Wright G.M., Keating C. (Co-authors), Chapter 22: “Totally Endoscopic Techniques: Right-Sided Thoracoscopic Thymectomy”, 201-206. In: Lavini C., editor. Thymus Gland Pathology – Clinical, Diagnostic & Therapeutic Features, Springer-Verlag Italia, Dec. 28, 2008.


Meet the team


Our History

The Hobart Institute of Plastic Surgery was founded by Associate Professor Frank Kimble in 2005.

Frank trained in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in South Africa and the United Kingdom.  He is one of the few Plastic Surgeons who is board certified in three countries: South Africa (FCS); the United Kingdom (FRCS); and Australia (FRACS).  Frank emigrated to Hobart in 1998 to become the Director of the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Hobart Hospital.  He remained Director until 2016.

Frank went to the Philippines with the charity Helping Children Smile as the Senior Cleft Surgeon from 2005 to 2015.  Since 2014, Frank has also led an annual Interplast cleft palate surgical aid program in Fiji.

Mr Cameron Keating became the Director of the Hobart Institute of Plastic Surgery in July 2019.


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