Mr Oliver Young

Consultant Breast Surgeon

MBChB, FRCSEd


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I undertook my undergraduate medical training at the University of Edinburgh qualifying in 1999. During my basic surgical training I also worked in Northampton and Christchurch, New Zealand. My subsequent surgical training was in Edinburgh with placements in both Dundee and Glasgow.I undertook two years of postgraduate research at the Edinburgh Breast Unit under the supervision of Professor Mike Dixon. I have been a consultant in the Edinburgh Breast Unit since 2011. I am currently acting as Clinical Director and have managerial responsibility for a team of a dozen surgeons. Collectively we treat almost 1000 new breast cancers annually.I am also the surgical lead for the South East Scotland Screening Programme from where a large proportion of cancers are detected. I have a very keen interest in neoadjuvant endocrine therapy and subsequent breast conservation surgery employing both well-established and novel oncoplastic techniques. I work very closely with other disciplines including pathology, radiology, oncology and clinical genetics. I currently chair the Quality Improvement Team for the breast unit and have a keen interest in the safe streamlining and improvement of patient care pathways.
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Clinical interests

Breast care
Breast cancer

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.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh

Member of The Association of Breast Surgeons

Research and publications

I continue 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 posts

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

Personal profile

I grew up in London and was educated at Colfe’s School and Epsom College. With a paediatrician and a surgeon for parents and professors of biochemistry and anatomy for grandparents, there was little chance of me ending up anywhere other than doing something in the field of medicine. However, before commencing my studies (and since) I spent much time in South West France educating myself on the fineries of peasant life, bad French and the joys of cycling the open road (without performance enhancing drugs). Since graduating I have stayed this side of the border having married Fiona Johnston, a fellow medical student, with whom I have three young children. I just about balance a busy home life with that of a busy breast surgeon.

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