Mr Baxter is an Australian-trained Otolaryngologist (Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon) with vast experience, a sustained dedication and highly regarded expertise in all areas of ear, nose and throat-related disorders and surgery but especially laryngology. In 1970, he received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University and completed Otolaryngology Training in Australia to attain Fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1979
Malcolm has given much of his time and has shown great dedication to the public health service, in addition to his private practice. During his first 17 years as an ENT Specialist, Malcolm consulted in the Gippsland/Latrobe region at Latrobe Regional Hospital until 1997. He was then appointed to Monash Medical Centre and worked there as a ENT Consultant until 2017. He also commenced at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 1989 and continued there until 2009. During this time, he secured the first stroboscopy unit, founded the first Voice Clinic in Melbourne and offered the only laryngeal botox service in Victoria/Tasmanian region. In 1992, he also co-founded the Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre, the first privatised multi-disciplinary voice clinic in Victoria and one of only three in Australia at the time. Malcolm continues as an Honorary ENT at Monash Health working with Professor Phil Bardin and the Respiratory Physicians, in a multi-disciplinary team at Monash Lung and Sleep clinic. This team specialises in the treatment of Vocal Cord Dysfunction, and other upper airway disorders.
For his outstanding service to medicine as an ENT surgeon, Mr Baxter was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013. He was also awarded the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Society Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of OHNS in 2009 and the RACS Medal for services to the College in 1999 for the Pacific Island Project. He has been committed to the development and provision of ENT services in outreach Australian and in developing countries since 1991 serving as Chairman for the Foreign Aid Committee (ASOHNS) amongst other roles and responsibilities.
Mr Baxter is an accredited Workplace/TAC Independent Medical Examiner and Impairment Assessor and is appointed to Medical Panels for assessments in OHNS. He holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer position at Monash University and has also been a regular lecturer for speech pathologists at La Trobe and Melbourne Universities. He has been involved in the training program and mentorship of Victorian ENT registrars throughout his career. He has provided numerous invited presentations at national and international laryngology conferences and is well-published in all areas of ENT. Mr Baxter was Chairman of the Victorian State Committee 2004-2006, member and Chairman of the Federal Council Continuing Professional Development 2009-2014 and Overseas Projects Representative for ASOHNS. He is also an Associate Member of the Australia College of ENT physicians.
Mr Baxter was the Founding President of the Laryngology Society of Australasia (2012-2014). He has been committed to the field of laryngology throughout his career introducing it as a sub-specialty to Victoria in the 1990’s and playing a pivotal pioneering role in pioneering throughout Australia. His outstanding clinical and surgical experience in this field is extensive having spanned some 40 years and his professional judgement, expertise and dedication truly respected and valued by his peers and patients alike.