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Last updated: 29 Jun 2020
- Breast surgery
I am a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in General & Breast Surgery, and am on the GMC specialist register. I previously trained at the Edinburgh Breast Unit under Prof Mike Dixon OBE, who is highly regarded across the world as a pioneer in the field of breast conservation, endocrine therapy and complex breast reconstruction. I undertook an oncoplastic fellowship with the outstanding firm at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, and I also spent time learning cosmetic breast surgery including breast augmentation, reduction and uplift (mastopexy).
I have specific training in breast implant pre-pectoral reconstruction where the implants are placed in front of the chest (pectoral) muscle; this avoids pain, discomfort and animation (movement of the implant when the muscles contract) associated with sub-pectoral (below the muscle) placement. I also have experience in the use of fat transfer (lipofilling) as a reconstructive technique and have published and presented research using this procedure to reduce the deformity caused by lumpectomy.
I am the mother of 2 young boys and am acutely aware of the busy, multi-faceted lives that women often lead. I know that a diagnosis of breast cancer doesn't just bring worry about treatment and outcomes, but also significant concerns about how this will affect the many other people and roles in our lives. As a surgeon my goal is to listen to your hopes and expectations, and to work with you and my colleagues in surgery, nursing, radiology and oncology to get the best chance of beating your cancer. With the excellent results that we have from breast cancer treatment nowadays, I want to be able to provide you with an outcome that you are satisfied with when you look in the mirror.
Areas of interest
Breast cancer surgery
Surgery for benign breast disease (including fibroadenomas and nipple discharge)
Wide local excision (lumpectomy)
Axillary sentinel node biopsy
Axillary node clearance
Breast reconstruction- implant based, pre-pectoral and sub-pectoral
Lipofilling (fat transfer) including immediate lipofilling at the time of lumpectomy
Symmetrisation of the breasts following previous treatment for breast cancer including:
Breast uplift (mastopexy)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital and NHS Lanarkshire
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Bengali - Fluent
Opportunities and priorities for breast surgical research. Lancet Oncol. 2018 Oct;19(10):e521-e533.
Validated Outcomes in the Grafting of Autologous Fat to the Breast: The VOGUE Study. Development of a Core Outcome Set for Research and Audit. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 May;141(5):633e-638e.
Preoperative Endocrine Therapy. Current Breast Cancer Reports. 2017; 9(4):202-209.
Immediate Lipofilling in Breast Conserving Surgery. European Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2017; 43(8):1402-1408.
Male Breast Cancer. The American Journal of Hematology/Oncology. 2016; 12(6):11-14.
Update from the 33rd Miami Breast Cancer Conference, FL, USA, 10-13 March 2016. Breast Cancer Manag. 2016; 5(2): 47-51.
Brachiobasilic Fistula Formation - Single versus Two Stage Procedure. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2013; 45(6): 689-92.
Clinical Review: Treatment of Breast Infection. British Medical Journal. 2011; 342:d396. (28 citations)
Long term outcome following liver transplantation for paracetamol overdose. Transplant International. 2010; 23(5): 524-9.
Natural history of thoracoabdominal aneurysms in high risk patients. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 2010; 39(3):266-70.
Lightweight mesh improves functional outcome in laparoscopic totally extra-peritoneal inguinal hernia repair. Hernia Journal. 2010; 14(1):39-45.
Intra-operative upper GI endoscopy ensures an adequate laparoscopic Heller’s myotomy. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2009; 19(5):687-9.
Comparison of recurrence with lightweight composite polypropylene mesh and heavyweight mesh in laparoscopic totally extraperitoneal inguinal hernia repair. Hernia Journal. 2008; 12(1):39-43.
Laparoscopic splenectomy is a better treatment for adult ITP than steroids--it should be used earlier in patient management. The Surgeon. 2007 Feb;5(1):3-4, 6-8.
Early results for new lightweight mesh in laparoscopic totally extra-peritoneal inguinal hernia repair. Hernia Journal. 2006; 10:303-8.
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- FRCS (Ed) (General & Breast) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2017
- MFST (Ed) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2018
- BSc (Med Sci) (Hons) University of Edinburgh 2003
- MB ChB University of Edinburgh 2006
- Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2017
Reference number 6134676
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC Specialist Register in General Surgery, 2018
Affiliations / memberships
Association of Breast Surgery UK
British Medical Association
Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
- BMI Kings Park
- 09:30 - 12:00
- 01786 451669
- BMI Kings Park
- 18:00 - 19:30
- 01786 451669
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