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.