Consultant Profile

Mr Oliver Young

Mr Oliver Young MBChB FRCSEd
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh
  • Breast care
    • General surgery
      • Breast surgery
    Special clinical interests:

    Management of benign breast conditions (pain, cysts, discharge, infection, other innocent lumps).
    Medical and surgical management of symptomatic and screen detected breast cancer.
    Oncoplastic breast surgery including breast reconstruction and risk reduction surgery for women with a strong family history of breast cancer.

    Research interests:

    Oliver Young continues to have an active interest in research and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current research programmes include the investigation of new inhibitors of intracellular signalling as well as testing novel devices for the intra-operative assessment of tumour margins.

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant Breast Surgeon, Edinburgh Breast Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

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

    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh
    Member of The Association of Breast Surgeons

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    0131 316 2530
    Personal email address:
    Murrayfield: Thursdays 5.30pm-7.30pm
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    Oliver Young undertook his undergraduate medical training at the University of Edinburgh qualifying in 1999. During his basic surgical training he also worked in Northampton and Christchurch, New Zealand. His subsequent surgical training was in Edinburgh with placements in both Dundee and Glasgow. He undertook two years of post graduate research at the Edinburgh Breast Unit under the supervision of Professor Mike Dixon. He has been a consultant in the Edinburgh Breast Unit since 2011 where he works with a team of seven other consultants collectively treating over 700 new breast cancers annually. He manages a significant number of new cancers detected via the Scottish Breast Screening Programme. He has a very keen interest in neoadjuvant endocrine therapy and subsequent breast conservation surgery employing both well-established and novel oncoplastic techniques. He works very closely with other disciplines including pathology, radiology, oncology and clinical genetics. He currently chairs the Quality Improvement Team for the breast unit and has a keen interest in the safe streamlining and improvement of patient care pathways.

    Personal profile:

    Oliver Young grew up in London and was educated at Colfe’s School and Epsom College. With a paediatrician and a surgeon as parents and Professors of biochemistry and anatomy as grandfathers, he was destined for a career in medicine. However, before commencing his studies (and since) he spent much time in South West France educating himself on the fineries of peasant life, bad french and the joys of cycling the open road - without performance enhancing drugs. Since graduating he has stayed this side of the border having married Fiona Johnston, a fellow medical student, with whom he has three small children. He just about balances a busy home life with that of a busy breast surgeon.

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    Mr Oliver Young

    Mr Oliver Young Breast care & General surgery Consultant, private hospital specialist.

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