Consultant Profile

Mr Simon Cawthorn

Mr Simon Cawthorn MS, FRCS
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Breast care
    • Benign breast problems
    • Breast cancer
  • General surgery
    • Breast surgery
Research interests:

Breast cancer prevention
Simon has been the lead investigator in Bristol for the International IBIS breast prevention trials, recently published showing the benefit of both Tamoxifen and now Arimidex in preventing breast cancer in high risk women.

Immediate Implant based Breast reconstruction with collagen grafts is another of Simon’s clinical research interests – this enables women to have their breasts reconstructed in one operation at the time of mastectomy with excellent cosmetic outcomes.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Breast Surgeon, Southmead Hospital, Bristol
Hon Lecturer in Surgery Universities of Bristol and East Anglia

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Hon Secretary of the Association of Breast Surgery Great Britain and Ireland
Royal Society of Medicine
Section of Surgery – Past President

Association of Cancer Surgeons Past Council Member
Member Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0117 980 4070
Private secretary:
Trish Burkes
Private secretary telephone number:
0117 980 4056
Private secretary email address:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Also available Monday and Thursday by prior appointment.
Background Information 
Professional profile:

An experienced and Nationally regarded Breast cancer and specialist Surgeon in Bristol, Simon was appointed as a Consultant Breast Surgeon in 1990 at Frenchay Hospital, where in 1996 he created the Frenchay Breast Care Centre, establishing the first One Stop Breast Clinic in the S West.

He developed his expertise in Breast Ultrasound and established the first Breast Ultrasound course for Surgeons, and has co-authored Interventional Breast Ultrasound.

Simon led the centralization of Breast Surgery in Bristol, which has brought together all of the Breast Services including Breast Screening into the new Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital.

In addition to his Consultant Breast Surgeon, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, Hon Lecturer in Surgery Universities of Bristol and East Anglia.

He has previously been Breast Cancer Clinical Lead for NHS Improvement
Past president of the Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Surgery 2005-6
Surgical Advisor for Quality in the NHS Breast Screening Programme S West 2000-03
Medical Director Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Nerwork 2003-6
And Associate Medical Director North Bristol NHS Trust 2006-10

Personal profile:

Simon is married with 3 children and three grandchildren. Stephanie, his wife, is a psychotherapist. He is busy when not running, playing alto sax. His band, the Diagnostics, plays for charities in the Bristol area.

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