Consultant Profile

Mr Richard Johnson

Mr Richard Johnson MB.ChB (Manc) BSc (Hons) FRCS (General Surgery)
Practicing at:
Spire Regency Hospital, Cheshire
  • Breast care
    • Breast cancer
  • Cosmetic Surgery
    • Breasts
  • Oncology
    • Breast cancer
  • Plastic Surgery
    • Breast surgery
    • Cosmetic breast surgery
Special clinical interests:

All aspects of breast cancer surgery including :

Breast reconstruction including :

  • Implant based and
  • Latissimus Dorsi reconstruction

*** Fat transfer to breast defects also known as 'lipo-remodelling' (involves taking fat from the abdomen and transferring it to the breast to help repair defects caused by previous breast cancer surgery) ***

Read more about Fat Transfer here

Research interests:

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Benefits of Fat Transfer

Training - I am committed to help trainee Surgeons succeed in practice.  The training needs of today's Surgeons are somewhat different than they were 20 years ago.  Surgical techniques change and treatment of disease changes.  However, training time has shortened and in order to equip the next generation of Surgeons with the necessary quality skills there will have to be a huge effort by Trainers to deliver competent surgeons fit for practice.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, University of South Manchester

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

Association of Breast Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01625 505412/505406
Private secretary:
Private secretary email address:
Monday evening
Background Information 
Professional profile:

After completing a science degree in molecular biology I read medicine at Manchester University where I qualified in 1997. 

My intention from an early stage was to pursue a career in breast surgery.  I took basic and higher surgical training in the North West and was trained to a high standard in all aspects of breast surgery, in particular breast cancer management.  Towards the end of my training I was awarded a national fellowship in breast reconstruction, this being one of only nine posts in the country.  My training focussed on breast implant reconstruction, latissimus dorsi reconstruction (using muscle from the back) as well as breast reduction and breast uplifts.  I also became familiar with new techniques e.g. fat transfer to the breast (for defects after lumpectomy) and strattice (aids cosmetic appearance of implant based reconstruction).

I am currently a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon in the Nightingale breast and genesis prevention centre at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust in Wythenshawe.  This is the largest breast screening unit in the UK and treats approximately 750 cancers per year and a recognised referral centre for complex breast reconstruction surgery.

My aim is to provide a high quality, comprehensive breast service where the patient is very much involved in the decision making process.

Personal profile:

I live in Macclesfield with my wife and children and I am very interested in sport.  I play cricket and golf.  My hobbies are fishing, sailing, photography and skiing (both on water and snow).  I also play the acoustic guitar.

Recommended links:

Mr Johnson named in the Tatler Doctors Guide 2013 for
Britains Top 250 Doctors by Speciality

Mr Johnson works as an oncoplastic breast surgeon (carrying out cancer surgery and reconstruction at the same time) at the Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre in Manchester, the largest breast-screening unit in the UK.  Mr Johnson also specialises in fat transfer from the stomach to even things out after a lumpectomy.

To unwind, Mr Johnson plays guitar and watches cricket.

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Mr Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Angelina Jolie has recently had a preventive double mastectomy - Read Mr Johnson's comments on breast reconstruction in the following article from  :-

Genesis - the only UK charity dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer

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