Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
Professor Jerome Pereira
Programme Director and OPBS Course Co-LeadProfessor Pereira is a Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Surgery and Programme Director for the Specialist Mastership Programmes in Surgery at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He has been a UK trainer for Consultants and Surgical Trainees on breast reconstruction operations for many years and a teacher in the Department of Education at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where he was formerly a researcher. Professor Pereira has a special interest in the outcomes of surgery, and has been instrumental in developing and leading the UK National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit Programme. This is the first study in the world looking at national outcomes of breast cancer surgery, leading to the recent publication of best practice national guidelines for oncoplastic breast surgery. Professor Pereira is an examiner for the European Breast Specialist Examination Board (EBSQ), MD and MSc degree programmes and sits on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology.
He has given over 80 invited lectures at national and international level in the fields of breast surgery, surgical and patient outcomes and medical education. In addition, he is a convenor and faculty member for Master classes in breast reconstruction surgery worldwide.
Miss Sue Down
Course Development and Assessment Lead and OPBS Course Co-LeadSue Down is a Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth, and is also co-course director of the Masters degree programme in oncoplastic breast surgery. Sue completed her medical degree and a degree in biomedical science at the University of Manchester. Following basic surgical training, she completed her PhD in Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2005. She then undertook specialist surgical training in the East Anglian region, and was awarded a prestigious national training fellowship post in oncoplastic breast surgery. Sue has held various professional posts including Chair of the Mammary Fold National Breast Trainees Association, and has contributed to several textbooks in the fields of breast surgery and surgical education.
Professor John Benson
Module Co-LeadProfessor John Benson is a full time Consultant Breast Surgeon within the Cambridge Breast Unit, having previously held a joint appointment between Addenbrooke's and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals from May 2000 until March 2006. John received his Doctorate (DM) from Oxford University and underwent specialist training at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research, London, under the auspices of Professor Michael Baum.
John has published widely in the field of breast diseases and has recently coordinated a major article on breast cancer for The Lancet. He is a member of the International Advisory Board for The Lancet Oncology and regularly reviews major grant applications for Breast Cancer Campaign and Cancer Research UK. He was appointed as Professor of Applied Surgical Sciences (Anglia Ruskin University) in 2010 - Personal Chair. He is one of the module leads for the MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Programme at the University of East Anglia.
Mr Simon Pain
Module Co-LeadSimon Pain completed his training at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge prior to taking up a consultant post at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital in 2003. Simon is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Associate Professor at St George's University of the Carribean. He is also Chair of Anglia Cancer Network Breast Group and module lead for MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Programme at UEA.
Miss Sue Down
Course Development and Assessment Lead and OPBS Course Co-Lead
Miss Carol-Ann Courtney
TutorCarol-Ann Courtney graduated in biochemistry and medicine from the University of Glasgow. She undertook surgical training in Glaasgow and the North of Scotland prior to being awarded one of the national oncoplastic fellowships in Nottingham. She was appointed Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at the Royal Derby Hospital in 2007 and is a course tutor for the MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Programme.
Miss Jennifer Smith
Miss Isabella Karat
TutorIsabella teaches Core, Intermediate and Advanced Breast Skills courses at the Royal College of Surgeons, and is an Honorary Lecturer and Course Tutor on the MS Degree in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the University of East Anglia. She enjoys teaching and is dedicated to training 'state-of-the-art' breast surgery skills. She has organised a number of regional and national study days in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. Isabella's research into sentinel node biopsy and the ALMANAC Trial at Guildford was published and presented internationally.
Miss Sarah Downey
TutorSarah qualified at the University of Nottingham in 1989 and completed her specialist training in Yorkshire. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000 and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, where she is also a course tutor for the MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Programme. She is currently Divisional Director for Elective Services and Educational Co-ordinator for the East of England. Sarah's interests include breast reconstriction and surgical training.
Miss Julie Doughty
Module Co-LeadJulie Doughty qualified at the University of Liverpool in 1986, completing her training in Glasgow in General Surgery with a special interest in breast surgery. Subsequently she was appointed Senior Lecturer, then Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Western Infirmary Glasgow in 1998. She has always been passionate about the management of breast cancer and was awarded her MD Thesis from the University of Liverpool on the Regional Management of Locally Advanced and Recurrent Breast Cancer. Although Julie is a busy NHS Consultant, she has been a Trustee of the Association of Breast Surgeons since 1998, holding many national positions and is currently the Chair of Education and Training COmmittee for the whole of the UK.
Miss Katy Hogben
Module Co-LeadKaty qualified from the Royal London Hospital in 1993. As well as her medical degree, she was awarded a BSc in Pathology. She progressed through her basic surgical training in hospitals both in East and West London. Her specialist training was based at St George's Hospital and she rotated through many of the hospitals in Surrey and the South West. Katy was awarded a nationally competitive oncoplastic fellowship and spent this time between the Royal Marsden Hospital and the St Andrews Plastic and Reconstructive Unit in Chelmsford.
In 1996, Katy was appointed as a Consultant at Charing Cross Hospital, part of Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust. The unit treats over 350 breast cancers a year and is a NHS breast screening centre. She has recently submitted a PhD to the University of Surrey on a rare form of breast cancer and teaches regularly at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Miss Liz Mallon
Miss Sheila Stallard
Miss Susan Cleator
TutorSusan Cleator trained at Oxford University and Hospitals, and undertook her oncology training at the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Mount Vernon and The Royal Marsden Hospitals. During this period she also spent three years working full-time on her PhD project at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital. This focused on identifying a molecular assay for predicting the response of breast cancers to chemotherapy. She has published on this and a number of other aspects of oncology.
She works closely with her surgical colleagues at St Mary's hospital where she is responsible for the chemotherapy and radiotherapy aspects of their treatment, specializing in breast, colorectal and lymphomatous cancers. She retains an active involvement in research into both breast and colorectal cancers and is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Breast Cancer Studies Group (BCSG).
Mr Iain MacPherson
Miss Jennifer Hu
Mr Steven Thrush
Module Co-LeadSteven Thrush trained at the Royal Free Medical School in London. His general surgical training was based around several centres of excellent in respect to managing breast diseases. Over the later part of his training, he became active in promoting the expanding role of breast surgeons towards oncoplastic surgery and is a module lead in the MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Programme at UEA.
Miss Victoria Rose
Module Co-LeadVictoria Rose is a British trained fully accredited Consultant Plastic Surgeon working at St Thomas' Hospital and King's College Hospital London. She is on the General Medical Council's specialist register for Plastic Surgery and is a member of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Her main area of expertise is complex breast reconstruction. Victoria started her training in Plastic Surgery in 2009 and worked in a variety of London Plastic Surgery Units as well as the prestigious Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead and the St Andrew's Centre in Chelmsford. During her training she spent time at the MD Anderson in Dallas, Akademikliniken in Stockholdm and was a microsurgical fellow in Taiwan for 15 months.
Her main areas of interest are microsurgical breast reconstruction, complex breast reconstruction, lower limb trauma reconstruction and gynaecological reconstruction which compliments her cosmetic practice. She is actively involved in Plastic Surgery training and has represented both the London and North West Deaneries. She is also an undergraduate tutor for medical students at King's College Hospital London. She enjoys scientific research in plastic surgery and has presented at multiple national and international meetings and is widely published in scientific journals and surgical textbooks.
Miss Rachel Bright-Thomas
TutorRachel Bright-Thomas obtained a first in medical sciences at Cambridge University and then did her clinical training at Oxford University. Rachel spent the next 13 years in surgical training, largely in London teaching hospitals, before moving home to the West Midlands. On the clinical front, she spent her penultimate year in training in 1 of only 9 National Oncoplastic Breast Fellowships, learning how to use plastic surgical techniques to complement and enhance the results of breast cancer surgery. In 1996, Rachel was appointed as a Consultant Breast and General Surgeon at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and has been MDT and clinical lead.
Mr Richard Sutton
TutorRichard Sutton is a Consultant General Surgeon with a special interest in Breast Surgery, in particular cosmetic, oncoplastic and breast reconstructive surgery and practices at CircleBath Hospital. After qualifying from St Batholomew's Hospital, London, he went on to complete his basic and higher surgical training in London Deanery. He completed his Breast Surgical Oncology training at the Royal Marsden and Charing Cross Hospitals (London) and the Royal Adelaide Hospital (Australia) we asll as Breast Oncoplastic, Reconstruction and Aesthetic Training as a Clinical Fellow in St Andrew's Department of Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford.
Richard is actively involved with research into improving outcomes for breast cancer treatment, being the lead clinician at the RUH for a number of multi centre national research trials. With an increasing commitment to surgical training at a local, regional and national level he has been on the teaching faculty for a number of national courses in oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery, including many courses at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Mr Philip Turton
TutorPhilip has been a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust for over nine years and has seen the unit develop into a major regional reconstructive service. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust serves a population of 1.5 million and sees over 600 new cancer referrals per annum. Philip works with a team of four other breast surgeons who perform breast reconstruction and two plastic surgeons with whom the team collaborates closely. The team has hosted one of the nationally appointed oncoplastic fellows each year since the inception of the programme.
Mr Iain Brown
TutorIain Brown was the first Consultant Oncoplastic Breast and Reconstructive Surgeon in Cornwall, and introduced and developed the Oncoplastic and Breast Reconstruction Service for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. He is an honorary university Fellow and Clinical Supervising Consultant at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and University of Exeter, and is also an honorary Lecturer, Faculty and E-Tutor in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and University of East Anglia (Breast Portfolio and Masters of Surgery in Oncopastics). Iain is a founding member and lecturer of the South West Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons Network (SWOBS). For more information please visit www.cornwallbreastsurgeon.com.
Mr Kieran Horgan
Miss Joanna Skillman
Mr John Murphy
Mr Simon Smith
TutorMr Simon Smith is a Consultant General Surgeon who specialises in breast and endocrine surgery. He is an 'Oncoplastic' Breast Surgeon performing not only resectional breast surgery for breast cancer, but also many reconstructive and cosmetic breast procedures. Mr Smith qualified from St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington in 1993, and remained in and around West London for the majority of his postgraduate training. He is a fully accredited general surgeon, and won the Association of Surgeons Gold Medal for top position in the UK in the Intercollegiate Surgical Board Examinations in general and breast surgery.
Simon trained in breast surgery at several breast units, including St. Mary's, Hillingdon, Colchester and Chelmsford. Training in reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery was gained at St. Mary's, and subsequently on the National Oncoplastic Fellowship hosted at Colchester & St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
Mr Guy Sterne
TutorMr Guy Sterne graduated from Birmingham University and trained in Plastic Surgery in the West Midlands, Norfolk and Sussex. He undertook specialist training in Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast in the West Midlands and Cosmetic Surgery in Harley Street and London. He was formerly Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is on GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery and is a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.
Guy is actively involved in teaching and training, is a member of the Breast Training Subcommittee of the British Association of Surgical Oncologists and is also a member of the Plastic Surgery Teaching Faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has published over 20 papers on various aspects of surgery and has lectured nationally and internationally on plastic surgery.
Mr Andrea Figus
TutorAndrea Figus has been a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2004. His main clinical interests are breast reconstruction, hand surgery and microsurgery. Andrea has worked in Italy, Brazil and the UK gaining a large amount of experience in these specialties. He has a recognised profile as a researcher in Italy and in the UK, and is author of more than 65 publications in international plastic surgery literature. He is also a reviewer for the most important international journals of plastic surgery. Andrea is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia.
Miss Elaine Sassoon
TutorElaine Sassoon was born in London and partly educated in Paris before going to Harvard University, USA. She returned to England to undertake her medical studies at University College Hospital, London. She continued her general surgical training at a number of teaching hospitals in the south of England and became a fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1989. She started her plastic surgery training in Oxford in 1989 and rotated through teaching hospitals in London, Birmingham, Cambridge and Norwich. She passed the Plastic Surgery Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1998 and became accredited in Plastic Surgery the same year. She has run several regional, national and international courses in Plastic Surgery, and has been awarded numerous prizes both nationally and internationally.
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, a member of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, and a Corresponding Member of the Aesthetic Society (USA). She is also Chair of the Breast Subcommittee of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 2004, Elaine was declared the BAPS representative on the BAPS/BASO Interface Committee which decides breast cancer management policies. Her interests include all aspects of aesthetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery of the face and breast.
Mr Amit Agrawal
TutorMr Agrawal is a Consultant Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge and lead for Audit in breast surgery. He has transformed Cambridge Breast Unit into an Oncoplastic Unit by introducing advanced oncoplastic procedures such as therapeutic mammaplasty and partial breast reconstruction with lateral chest wall perforator flaps (such as LTAP, LiCAP). In addition, he has recently introduced fat grafting for post-WLE defects besides full breast reconstruction with implant-ADM. He is adept in LD muscle flap and newer fat-only chest wall flap (TDAP) full breast reconstructions too.
He completed specialist training in internationally acclaimed Breast services of Nottingham and Derby complemented by fellowships in Paris and Brussels with world leading surgeons.
He completed research in Breast Oncology as Clinical Lecturer in Breast Surgery (University of Nottingham) and acquired DM degree (Nottingham) following collaborative laboratory-based research with the Universities of Cardiff and Sheffield. He has authored 70+ publications and presentations.
Current research interest are in peri-operative therapies in relation to surgical outcome and developing ways to enhance quality of oncoplastic assessment.
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