Mr Richard Johnson

Consultant Breast and Reconstruction Surgeon

MBChB (Manc) BSc (Hons) FRCS (General Surgery)

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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 focused 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, eg 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.

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

I was named in the Tatler Doctors Guide 2013 for Britain's Top 250 Doctors by Speciality.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Richard Johnson at Spire include:

Cosmetic surgery

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Clinical interests

Benign breast problems
Breast cancer

Special Clinical Interests: All aspects of breast cancer surgery including Lumpectomy with re-shaping of the breast (using oncoplastic techniques). Mastectomy, Sentinel node biopsy, 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). Nipple reconstruction, Nipple tattooing and breast scar camouflaging, Nipple eversion surgery.

Qualification and professional memberships

Research and publications

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 posts

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, University of South Manchester.

Personal profile

I live in Macclesfield with my wife and children and I'm 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.

Contact information

Telephone 01625 505412 / 505406
Private secretary Rochelle
Private secretary fax 01625 501800
Private secretary email