President's Message

Miss Fiona MacNeill was appointed as President of the ABS in May 2015.

Fiona MacNeill

Dear members,

The ABS is a vibrant, forward-looking charitable organisation that is dedicated to improving the standard of breast care and surgery for any individual with any breast problem.

Since the inception of the first specialist breast surgery group in 1995, specialist breast care and breast cancer surgery in the UK has evolved so that it is now regarded as world leading and the model of specialist breast care. ABS members have been instrumental in establishing excellent quality breast care centres around the UK, as well as setting and monitoring breast care standards in the UK.

We actively promote our charitable aims through innovative, specialist breast education and training, disseminating best practice through the development of guidelines, consensus practice statements and conferences. ABS works closely with the Department of Health, NICE and many other national bodies to enhance patient outcomes through focused audits and ensure equitable delivery of high standard care throughout the UK. More recently ABS is now funding novel research projects and in partnership with the RCS (Eng), other charities and patient groups, is actively working to develop a breast surgery research portfolio and encourage members to participate and promote breast research trials. Our goal is to offer every breast patient the opportunity to participate in a breast surgery trial.

The ABS collaborates with partners from all other disciplines involved in the management of breast problems to maintain and constantly improve what are universally acknowledged as the highest standards of breast care and surgery in the world. The rapidly declining breast cancer mortality rates in the UK and the impressive universal and equitable access to oncoplastic breast surgery and breast reconstruction are testament to this vision and make UK breast services the envy of many other nations.

We continue to build on our European, Indian, Australasian and US links to share our vision and raise the standards of all aspects of breast care for every patient worldwide.

The Association of Breast Surgery is THE voice of breast care and surgery; please lets us hear your voice - we always welcome your suggestions and thoughts on how we can improve our service to you and your patients.

Fiona MacNeill

ABS President