Consultant Profile

Miss Sue Down

Miss Sue Down MbChB, FRCS (Eng), PhD
Practicing at:
Spire Norwich Hospital
  • Breast care
    • Breast cancer
Special clinical interests:

Breast cancer surgery using Oncoplastic techniques which minimise post-operative cosmetic issues
Risk-reducing mastectomy
Breast reconstruction with implants
Lipomodelling (fat transfer) to improve cosmesis after breast surgery
Symmetrisation surgery following breast cancer treatment (breast reduction or implant augmentation) 

Research interests:

Breast cancer treatment in women aged 70 and over
Improving quality of oncoplastic breast surgery training globally 

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth
Honorary Consultant Breast Surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia 

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

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England
Member of Association of Breast Surgery
Chair of the Anglian Strategic Clinical Network Breast Group 

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01603 255 574
Private secretary:
Tracy Miller-Burrage
Private secretary telephone number:
01493 452 683
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Miss Sue Down is a Consultant Breast Surgeon, trained in the art of oncoplastic surgery which combines breast cancer surgery with plastic surgery techniques to provide a better cosmetic outcome for her patients.

Miss Down graduated from the University of Manchester, and subsequently completed a PhD in Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham. During higher surgical training in the Eastern Deanery, she was awarded a prestigious National Oncoplastic Fellowship, enabling her to gain experience in advanced oncoplastic techniques. In addition Miss Down is a Course Director of the award winning Masters degree in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the University of East Anglia and co-Chair of the Anglian Breast Cancer Network group.

Miss Down's specialist skills include:

  • breast cancer surgery using oncoplastic techniques which minimise post-operative issues by remodelling breast tissue to maintain breast shape
  • risk-reducing mastectomy for women at high risk of developing breast cancer
  • breast reconstruction with implants either at the time of cancer surgery or as a delayed procedure
  • lipomodelling (fat transfer) to improve cosmesis after previous breast surgery
  • symmetrisation surgery following breast cancer treatment - by breast reduction or implant augmentation
Personal profile:

Miss Sue Down enjoys teaching, and regularly provides practical oncoplastic workshops for breast surgeons around the world, including in Europe, India and Australia.

Miss Down also enjoys running and taking part in the annual CRUK Race for Life with staff and patients from her breast unit.

Outside work Miss Down is married with a young son and several cats who all keep her busy! She enjoys travelling in the UK and abroad, trying local delicacies and tackling new activities.

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Miss Sue Down

Miss Sue Down Breast care Consultant, Norwich, private hospital specialist.

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