As a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon and a Lecturer in 2 Universities in the UK, I am committed to delivering the best treatments to my patients as I was trained in some of the best units in the UK and the world. I started my basic surgical training in Wales, and after completing my membership exams from both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland I undertook a research job at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals with Mr Kieran Horgan (Previous President of Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)) and Prof Andrew Hanby investigating the effects of the dyes used in Sentinel node biopsy. I was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine Degree by research (MD) by the University of Leeds and managed to publish and present nationally and Internationally.
Following that I completed my Higher Surgical training in The South East Thames Sector in the London Deanery and worked in the breast units at the Conquest Hospital (Hastings), Princess Royal University Hospital (Bromley with screening in King’s College Hospital) and Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals. I was one of the selected trainees to undertake the highly competitive and prestigious National Oncoplastic Fellowship which I have completed at Mid-Essex Hospitals (St Andrews Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery), during the fellowship I was awarded the Association of Breast Surgery trainee award which was used to visit Prof Moustapha Hamdi in Brussels and Dr Krishna Clough in Paris. After completing training I undertook a further fellowship in the world renowned Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
In my current post I am a full time, substantive Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, dealing with patients with breast disease. Me and my colleagues in Aberdeen serve a large Geographic area and treat among us nearly 500 cancers a year both symptomatic and screening breast patients. My NHS practice is based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the private practice is at Albyn BMI Hospital in Aberdeen.
My main interest is breast conservation through level one and level two oncoplastic techniques such as round block resections, Wise Pattern Mammoplasties (especially inferior pedicle, central mound and superomedial pedicle techniques), lateral mammoplasty, Vertical Scar Mammoplasty among other techniques and chest wall perforator flaps for volume replacement (LiCAP and LTAP). I also offer patients immediate and delayed breast reconstruction, mainly implant/expander reconstructions through different techniques to include sub-muscular, ADM mesh (subpectoral and prepecoral), and inferior dermal sling. I also offer LD flap reconstruction in selected cases.
Other important aspect is symmetrisation surgeries such as Breast Reduction, Breast Augmentation, Mastopexy and lipomodelling. Free flaps such as DIEP, TUG and SGAP are offered in the unit in Aberdeen for suitable patients and done done jointly with the plastic surgeons. I am one of the few Breast Surgeons that is developing his microsurgical skills with the full support of the plastic surgeons. I have completed a Diploma in Breast Reconstructive Microsurgery at the European School of microsurgery, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona which is run by Prof Jaume Masia and Prof Jian Farhadi. This was supported by the Donald MacNeill Fellowship award grant by the Association of Breast Surgery.
I have more than 20 publications and I have my name as a co-applicant on few research grants worth more than £150K. I am actively involved in the research happening at the University of Aberdeen, currently a co-applicant on grants and funding proposal for PhD projects, including Projects on MRI Spectrophotometry in breast cancer and and Fast Field Cycling MRI scan.
I am involved in teaching the medical students and the junior doctors on their attachment in the Breast Unit. I am also a co-Lead on medical law & ethics Law at the University of Aberdeen and also a Tutor on the MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Program by the University of East Anglia in Norwich, which is an international program that has been running successfully for few year with the full support of different bodies to include the Association of Breast Surgeon in Great Britain and Ireland.
I am also designing an international teaching website www.oncoplasticsurgeons.com on breast surgery in collaboration with colleagues from the UK, Europe, The States and India. We have some of the best known names in breast and plastic surgery taking part in this project that I am leading. I am a member of the communications team and a co-opted member of the education and training committee with the Association of Breast Surgery and also a member of the education and training committee with the European Society of Surgical Oncology and an examiner at the European Board in Breast Surgery and the European Board in Surgical Oncology.