Associate Professor Sue Down

Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon

MBChB, FRCS (Eng), PhD


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I am an Associate Professor at UEA and Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Breast Surgery at the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth.

My PhD research was in tumour immunotherapy, and I have extensive experience in medical education, including a PG Diploma from the University of Cambridge.

I am proud to lead several award winning Mastership programmes in Specialist Breast Surgery at the University of East Anglia, which since 2011 have educated surgeons in over 50 countries to improve breast cancer surgery options for women worldwide.

I am currently the Chair of the National Education and Training committee, Association of Breast Surgery, and the regional NIHR lead for breast cancer research.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Associate Professor Sue Down at Spire include:

General surgery

Breast care and surgery

Other treatments

  • Axillary lymph node removal
  • Breast cancer surgery using Oncoplastic techniques which minimise post-operative cosmetic issues
  • Breast lump excision
  • Breast reconstruction with implants
  • Duct excision
  • Lipomodelling (fat transfer) to improve cosmesis after breast surgery
  • Symmetrisation surgery following breast cancer treatment (breast reduction or implant augmentation)¬†
  • Risk-reducing mastectomy
  • Wide local excision

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Additional information

Breast care
Breast cancer
Benign breast problems

Areas of interest: Breast cancer; breast reconstruction; lipomodelling (fat transfer); nipple reconstruction; symmetrisation following breast cancer surgery; benign breast conditions; older women with breast cancer. Example procedures offered: Breast lump excision, duct excision, wide local excision, axillary lymph node removal, mastectomy, breast reduction or uplift (for cancer surgery), fat transfer, breast reconstruction.

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England

Member of Association of Breast Surgery

Chair of the Anglian Strategic Clinical Network Breast Group

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

Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth.

I enjoy teaching, and regularly provide practical oncoplastic workshops for breast surgeons around the world, including in Europe, India and Australia.

I also enjoy running and taking part in the annual CRUK Race for Life with staff and patients from my breast unit.

Outside work, I am married with a young son and several cats who all keep me busy! I enjoy travelling in the UK and abroad, trying local delicacies and tackling new activities.

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary JPUH Breast secretaries
Private secretary telephone 01493 453 680
Private secretary email breastsecretaries@jpaget.nhs.uk