ABOUT - The Lotus Institute



OUR SURGEON’S – Dr Peter Widdowson & Dr Drew Cronin

What sets us apart at The Lotus Institute, Southport, is our highly trained and exceptional surgical, nursing and patient care staff. The team is lead by one of Australia’s foremost plastic surgeons.

Dr Peter Widdowson

Plastic Surgeon MB, ChB (Otago), FRACS (Plastic)

Peter Widdowson has a background of 27 years in Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery.    Qualifying in his specialty in 1982 he has been an internationally acclaimed microsurgeon and reconstructive surgeon for over 20 years.

Since commencing as Director at the Lotus Institute in 1999 he has super specialized in Cosmetic surgery, directing one of the most acclaimed Cosmetic Clinics in Australasia.    Peter specialises in most aspects of Cosmetic surgery including Facial Rejuvenation (face, brow, neck and eye lifts) – including the Lotus Institute’s MI.F.A.C.E. procedure – breast enlargement, uplift, reduction and reconstruction, rhinoplasty and otoplasty, body contouring – abdominoplasty, liposuction and body lift.

His qualifications include, Member of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Plastic Surgeons (FRACS).  The Lotus Institute is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic surgeries.

We are conveniently located off the Gold Coast Motorway, just a few hundred metres from Australia Fair Shopping Centre at Southport.

The Lotus Institute combines superior technologies with first class care to achieve our goal of excellence in cosmetic, plastic and laser surgery.

Our facility is a fully accredited, state-of-the-art day surgery, plus there is a private hospital close by for those who wish to stay overnight.

All cosmetic surgery is performed by our qualified plastic surgeons with extensive experience in cosmetic procedures, assisted by a highly skilled team of friendly nursing and patient care staff.

Our service is discreet and our environment is totally relaxing. Some even say we’re more like a five star resort than a clinic. Herbal teas and fragrant oils are just two of the small touches we employ to set the tone. Our patients are made to feel as comfortable as possible before, during and after treatment.  At the Lotus Institute we aim to make your experience one that surpasses your expectations.

We treat everyone equally, yet individually. No two people are identical so the treatments and procedures we offer take into consideration our patients’ unique and varying needs.

One of the greatest skills we possess is our ability to listen. Listening carefully to our patients puts our team in the best position to evaluate the correct course of action and explain the necessary treatments – a task we perform in a very simple to understand manner so you’re completely aware of the outcomes.

You’ll find the service provided by our support staff is second to none. Our patients all receive personalised care throughout their procedure and recuperation period.

It’s all part of the Lotus experience. The Lotus Institute is located at Southport on the Gold Coast, just 80km south of Brisbane in sunny Queensland.

The Gold Coast is world famous for its beaches, shopping, nightlife, theme parks and natural beauty. This makes it the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, luxuriate and have some fun – on your own or with your family.

The warmth of the Queensland sun is also commonly noted for its healing properties. Here we enjoy an average of 245 days of fine weather each year with daytime temperatures above 22°C for 279 days a year.

The Gold Coast is also very easy to get to and navigate around. Interstate and overseas travelers can fly into Brisbane Airport (45 minutes away) or Coolangatta Airport (25 minutes away). There is also a major highway and bus service connecting the Gold Coast with the rest of the eastern seaboard.

Dr Drew Cronin

B.Biomed Sci, MBBS, FRACS (Plast)

Dr Drew Cronin is a fully trained and certified Queensland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Originally from the Gold Coast, Dr Cronin undertook his postgraduate medical studies at Griffith University, where he was the inaugural Class President of the Griffith University Medical Society, helped establish the University’s ‘Hope4Health’ charitable arm, and graduated as a member of the ‘Golden Key’ for academic excellence. Dr Cronin completed his internship and residency at the Gold Coast Hospital, and spent three years in registrar positions in General Surgery, Ears, Nose and Throat Surgery and Plastic Surgery before successfully applying to the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training program in Brisbane.

Dr Cronin’s training involved rotations through the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, Mater Brisbane Hospital and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, where he underwent specialist training in complex skin cancer excision and reconstruction, Breast reconstruction, Head and Neck cancer excision and reconstruction, and Hand surgery.

Dr Cronin has as active interest in teaching, research, and health advocacy. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, and in 2016 was winner of the prestigious Emmett Prize, awarded for most outstanding registrar research in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Cronin has presented research at National and International conferences in areas including Breast Reconstruction, Skin cancer, Hand Surgery, and Head and Neck Reconstruction. He is also on the Doctor’s advisory board for Avant, Australia’s largest MDO. He is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the Royal Australian College of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).

Since obtaining his Fellowship, Dr Cronin has worked in both Public and Private Hospitals in Brisbane. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he performs Skin Cancer, Breast Surgery and Head and Neck Cancer Reconstruction. Privately, he has appointments as a VMO at Brisbane Private Hospital, The Mater Hospital, Westside Day Hospital, Samford Road Day Hospital and Spring Hill Day Hospital.

Outside of work, Dr Cronin enjoys spending time with his wife and their young family. They enjoy an active lifestyle, and love taking their daughter boating, fishing, and playing at the beach. As a previous representative at the Youth Olympics for Rowing, and a volunteer lifesaver with 10 year’s experience, Dr Cronin loves to get back in the boat, on the river or in the surf, when possible.

Areas of Interest include and expertise include:

  • Skin Cancer Excision and Reconstruction
  • Abdominoplasty and Body Contouring
  • Surgery Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery Microsurgery

Our Team

Executive Assistant

Nikki is Dr Widdowson’s executive assistant , helping our clients with quotations, surgery bookings and pre and postoperative surgery questions.

She has been a valuable team member at The Lotus Institute for over 19years and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the Plastic Surgery Industry.

Niki is available to assist you with any of your pre and post-surgery requirements and bookings. She is also a trained technician in the use of our PRO SHOCK fat freezing machine.


Registered Head Nurse Beatrice has over 20years experience specialising in operating rooms and post operation management. Bea, works alongside Registered Nurse Michele, both are truly compassionate and true professionals in their endeavors to help our patients make a speedy recovery.

Nursing – Injectables

Marie and Patricia are both Registered Nurses and are amongst the most experienced and highly trained injectors in aesthetic medicine in the country. Both have an eye for detail and strive to ensure that the patient leaves the clinic happy and with a natural-looking result. 


Brooke is our highly trained and experienced Paramedical Aesthetician and fully licensed IPL and Laser Technician as well as performing Advanced Skin Resurfacing and Scar treatments with micro needling.

Vickie has had over 30 years experience in beauty therapy and the beauty industry and joins us every Tuesday to offer our clients a range of medical grade skin treatments.


Kirsty ,Chelsea, Marie, Valerie and Dallis come to The Lotus Institute with customer service-based backgrounds, management in administration and many years of experience in the Allied Health and Medical Administration sectors. Always respecting the privacy and confidentiality of our clients, our team enjoy meeting the wonderful clients of The Lotus Institute and are happy to always assist with advice on the services provided here at our Southport Clinic.

The Clinic