Speakers

On this page you will find profiles for the speakers who contributed to the programme for the ABS Conference 2021

Dr Steve Allen Portrait

Dr Steve Allen The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Prof Deborah Bowman Portrait

Prof Deborah Bowman St George’s University of London

Deborah Bowman is Professor of Bioethics and Clinical Ethics at St George’s, University of London. Deborah’s interests concern moral distress, public involvement in ethical discussion, and the interpretation of standards in practice. She has published extensively, participating in many international projects concerning human responses to difficult situations. She recently chaired the General Medical Council’s national working group on consent. Deborah focuses on innovative and practical ways to develop ethical awareness and confidence amongst clinical staff. She serves on several clinical ethics committees, including for the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Public Health England and South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust. Deborah is a former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Humanities and she has written throughout her career, most recently contributing to Breast Cancer Inside Out: Bodies, Biographies and Beliefs. Deborah also has a portfolio of non-executive roles, including as a Board Member of the Human Tissue Authority and a Trustee of Princess Alice Hospice. Deborah works as a radio broadcaster, including as a presenter of Test Case and as a regular panellist and programme consultant to Inside the Ethics Committee, all for BBC Radio 4. Following her treatment for, breast cancer, Deborah wrote and presented Patient Undone, reflecting on how her thinking about ethics had been informed by the care she received as a patient at The Royal Marsden NHS Trust. Her public engagement work is wide-ranging. She has appeared at many ideas, literary and science festivals and collaborated with numerous arts organisations, particularly in theatre.

Miss Leena Chagla Portrait

Miss Leena Chagla St Helen's & Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Ms Karina Cox Portrait

Ms Karina Cox Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Karina Cox MBBS FRCS MD is an experienced Breast Cancer Surgeon. She was appointed as a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in 2011. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Kent and the incoming chair of the Association of Breast Surgery’s Clinical Practice and Standards Committee. Karina graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s in 1998 and completed her basic surgical training in London. She then spent two years as a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London investigating the function of immune cells in lymph nodes draining breast cancer. Following on from her research, she continued her training as a general surgeon with The London Deanery before sub-specialising in Breast and Oncoplastic surgery. In 2009, she was awarded the National Breast Oncoplastic Fellowship in Manchester. Prior to her current appointment, she spent six months as a locum Breast and Oncoplastic consultant at The Royal Marsden Hospital. Karina is part of a research group developing new ways to image lymph nodes using contrast enhanced ultrasound in patients with breast cancer and is the chief investigator of 2 clinical trials in set up. She also works collaboratively with scientists in the School of Biosciences at The University of Kent and maintains an interest in the link between lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise and breast cancer risk and survival. In addition, she is Chair of the Trustees at the charity Breast Cancer Kent.

Ms Sarah Downey Portrait

Ms Sarah Downey James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust

Sarah has been a consultant Breast Surgeon for 20 years and works in East Anglia. She has a long-standing interest in training and has been Chair of the Court of Examiners and is currently Chair of the general Surgery SAC. In her own region, Sarah is Training Programme Director for HST and also teaches undergraduates for UEA (Honorary Lecturer). Sarah is involved in online courses and recently stood down as Chair of the Oncoplastic Training Interface Group committee. In her own Trust, Sarah has been a Divisional Director and is currently Director of Breast Screening and Clinical Appraisal lead. Sarah is a member of BRESO, and is a Trustee for ABS sitting on the Education and Training committee.

Prof Dame Lesley Fallowfield Portrait

Prof Dame Lesley Fallowfield University of Sussex

Dame Lesley Fallowfield is Professor of Psycho-oncology at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex where she is Director of the Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C) group. Dame Lesley originally trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London but then did a BSc in Experimental Psychology at Sussex. Research for her doctorate examining the perceptual correlates of optic nerve damage in demyelinating diseases was completed at the Universities of Sussex and Cambridge. In 1991 she became the full-time Director of a Psychosocial Oncology Group and was awarded the first European Chair in Psycho-oncology from University College, London in 1997. Her research interests are wide and include the measurement of quality of life in clinical trials of cancer therapy and the training of communication skills for health care professionals in cancer. She has published over 400 papers, many book chapters and 3 text books. She lectures and runs training workshops throughout the world in psychosocial oncology, quality of life assessment and communication skills. She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2016.

Mr Ashu Gandhi Portrait

Mr Ashu Gandhi Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Ashu Gandhi is a Consultant Surgeon working in the Nightingale Breast Unit, Manchester University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. In addition to being a very busy symptomatic and screening unit the Nightingale Unit also hosts one of the largest Breast Family History services in Europe. Ashu is a member this MDT and contributes to the clinical and research activity of the family history service. For the Association of Breast Surgery, Mr Gandhi has chaired the Clinical Practice & Standards Committee from 2016 to 2021. He continues to Chair the UK NHS Breast Screening Programme Audit Committee which publishes annual reports from the breast screening service.

Mr Paul Harris Portrait

Mr Paul Harris The London Clinic

Paul Harris is the immediate Past-President of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) having served on Council in various positions since 2011. He is a well-known and established plastic surgeon based in Central London, UK specializing in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Paul worked for 15 years at The Royal Marsden Hospital specializing in breast cancer reconstruction. He led on the development of the microvascular breast reconstruction service there and supervised the clinical aspects of a research team into gene therapy manipulation of reconstructive tissue. Since leaving the Royal Marsden and the National Health Service in 2018, Paul has directed his efforts more towards aesthetic breast surgery. Prof Harris has published widely on both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. He is regularly invited to lecture Nationally and Internationally, and is passionate about improving safety in cosmetic surgery. Domestically this has been through his work at The BAAPS and globally as a member of the Educational Committee for the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS). He also served as UK National Secretary for ISAPS between 2016 & 2019, and currently works closely with several industry partners including Mentor as a Global Advisory Panel member. He is an Honorary Professor at University College, London where he teaches in aesthetic surgery.

Dr Mark Harries Portrait

Dr Mark Harries Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mark Harries is a Medical Oncologist based at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and he is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Kings College London School of Medicine. Dr Harries specialises in the treatment of breast cancer and melanoma.

Prof Chris Holcombe Portrait

Prof Chris Holcombe Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chris is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at the Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust and President elect of the Association of Breast Surgery, taking over as president in May 2021. He is the current chair of the iBRANet research network, a network of research active breast surgeons seeking to introduce new devices and techniques in to practice safely.

Prof Kieran Horgan Portrait

Prof Kieran Horgan Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Graduate of University College Dublin. Consultant and Senior Lecturer Cardiff 1990-1994, subsequently in Leeds. Previous Hon Sec and President of ABS. Past member of SAC. Co-initiator of National Oncoplastic Training Scheme. Past Chair YCN Breast Cancer Group. Core Member Sentinel Node Training and Introduction in UK. Author/co-author 140+ peer reviewed papers. Hon Clinical Associate Professor Univ of Leeds 2013. Chair of NCRAS Breast Cancer Expert Advisory Group (and previously NCIN Breast SSCRG). Chair of National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP) Clinical Steering Group.

Miss Tracey Irvine Portrait

Miss Tracey Irvine Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Tracey studied at Queens’ College Cambridge and then did her clinical training at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. She did her basic surgical training in the South East Thames area before becoming focussed on her chosen specialty of oncoplastic breast surgery. She obtained the prestigious National Oncoplastic Fellowship and spent a year in Manchester working with breast and plastic surgeons learning the latest oncoplastic techniques. After a period as the Senior Registrar in Guildford she joined the consultant team in 2009. Tracey has a special interest in oncoplastic breast conservation, neoadjuvant chemotherapy and management of the axilla and runs the Guildford gene carrier clinic for patients in her region. In 2015 she was awarded the Murray Brennan Scholarship by the American College of Surgeons and spent two months in the major cancer centres in the US. Since 2017 she has been Senior Clinical advisor for the breast Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.

Mr Mohamed Jahan Portrait

Mr Mohamed Jahan Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Following graduation from the University of Dundee, he undertook his postgraduate surgical training in Dundee, London, Sheffield and Leicester. He also completed a PhD at the University of Dundee. He was appointed was a Consultant Breast a Surgeon at Nottingham a University Hospital. Subsequently he transferred to Sherwood Forest NHS Trust where he is currently practicing as a consultant. In addition, he is the Head of Breast Surgery at the trust. He is also the director of Breast Screening and secondary care transformation lead for Mid Nottinghamshire. He is passionate about delivering high quality patient care through service transformation and innovation. The Mid Nottinghamshire Primary Breast Pain Clinic is first in the country. The successful implementation of this pathway has attracted widespread recognition by both leading professional bodies and breast services in the U.K. He leads a transformation team consisting of academic and transformation experts in supporting multiple centres to implement this pathway. His other successful transformation includes the Intensive whole pathway management system. This uses a tight project management tools to achieve cancer treatment targets, good patient experience, freeing up capacity across the whole system and service efficiency. This has enabled his service to be one of the most cost effective in the country, based on the NHSEI Model Hospital benchmarking. This system has also enabled normal functioning of the breast service throughout the current pandemic and this experience has been published. In addition, he has an interest in clinical research and is the Principle Investigator of several important clinical trials investigating novel therapeutic agents for early stage breast cancer. His clinical interest includes immediate breast reconstruction after breast conserving surgery. He has adapted standard perforator flap techniques that are simpler, produce consistent good patient satisfaction and reduced operating time.

Prof Stephen Johnston Portrait

Prof Stephen Johnston The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen Johnston is Professor of Breast Cancer Medicine, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Head of The Breast Unit at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust & Institute of Cancer Research, London. He was appointed Head of Medical Oncology at The Royal Marsden in 2019, having previously been the first Director of the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Cancer at The Royal Marsden from 2006-12. He graduated in 1983 from Trinity College at The University of Cambridge, and in 1986 from The Medical School at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He trained in General Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital in London, and subsequently in Medical Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He gained his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research at the University of London, and took up his current position as Consultant Medical Oncologist on the Breast Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1997. He has a specialist interest in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and his major research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of endocrine resistance in breast cancer. He is actively involved in facilitating the interface between basic and applied research, and has been Chief Investigator of several phase II / III trials of novel endocrine based therapeutic approaches in both advanced and early stage disease, including one of the large global adjuvant CDK 4/6 inhibitor studies in early breast cancer. He has published over 260 breast cancer related articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is a regular invited lecturer at national & international meetings. He is a member of various scientific committees and international advisory boards, has served as Faculty Member at the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Deputy-Editor of the international journal ‘Breast Cancer Research’, and is currently Trustee of the UK charity ‘Walk the Walk’.

Ms Olive Kearins Portrait

Ms Olive Kearins Public Health England

Olive works in Public Health England and has worked in breast cancer screening for over 20 years. She is currently the national lead for breast screening research and data and has recently also resumed national leadership of the quality assurance of the breast screening programme.

Dr Tari King Portrait

Dr Tari King Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dr. Tari A. King is the Anne E. Dyson Professor of Surgery in the Field of Women’s Cancers at Harvard Medical School, the chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and the associate chair of multidisciplinary oncology in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the chief of breast surgery at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. She is also the director of the Breast Cancer Personalized Risk Assessment, Education and Prevention (B-PREP) Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. King received her medical degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed a general surgery residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital (now Ochsner Medical Center) in New Orleans. Dr. King completed both a surgical research fellowship and a breast surgery clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her clinical and research efforts focus on tailoring local therapy and improving clinical management strategies for women at high risk of developing breast cancer. Dr. King currently serves on the Steering Committee for the TBCRC, the NCI Breast Oncology Local Disease Task Force and the Executive Council of the SSO.

Prof Cliona Kirwan Portrait

Prof Cliona Kirwan University of Manchester

Professor Cliona Kirwan is a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at the Nightingale Centre, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and a clinician scientist in surgical oncology at the University of Manchester. She also holds the Royal College of Surgeons of England & University of Manchester Professorship in Surgical Trials. In her translational research, Cliona leads a team investigating the symbiotic relationship between cancer and the clotting system. She runs clinical and laboratory based studies, and supervises PhD, MD and MRes students. As a surgical trialist and a co-director of Manchester Clinical Trials Unit and of the North West Surgical Trials Centre, she is helping to develop the surgical trials portfolio across the North West. In addition, she is Chief Investigator for the TIP trial, and surgical lead for LORIS, POETIC-A and PRIMETIME studies, a member of the NCRI Breast Cancer Studies Group, the Sloane Project Steering Committee and is Chair of the Prevent Breast Cancer Scientific Advisory Board. She is also mentor to the Northwest Research Collaborative (a trainee-led collaborative) and the Northwest and Mersey Breast Trainees Research Collaborative.

Mr Douglas Macmillan Portrait

Mr Douglas Macmillan Nottingham Breast Institute

Professor Christos Markopoulos Portrait

Professor Christos Markopoulos Breast Unit, Athens Medical Centre

Professor Markopoulos is a Professor of Surgery in the faculty of Medicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is also director of the Breast Unit at Athens Medical Centre in Greece.

Liz O'Riordan Portrait

Liz O'Riordan Retired Consultant Surgeon and Breast Cancer Patient

Prof Carlo Palmieri Portrait

Prof Carlo Palmieri University of Liverpool

Prof Sarah Pinder Portrait

Prof Sarah Pinder King's College Hospital, London

Sarah E. Pinder is Chair of Breast Pathology at King’s College London. As Lead Breast Pathologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals she reports breast pathology (50% time NHS) and has a large referral practice. She Chairs the National Coordinating Committee for Breast Pathology (NCCBP) for the Royal College of Pathologists/UK NHS Breast Screening Programme (BSP) and is a member of several other BSP committees, such as the Advisory Committee for Breast Cancer Screening and the Clinical Advisory Group. She is a member of a number of clinical trial and translational research committees, including the low risk DCIS trial (LORIS) (as central review pathologist), OPTIMA, MAMMO50, SMALL and NOSTRA, amongst others. She is a founder member of Sloane Project Steering Group and her translational research interests are focused particularly on epithelial atypical lesions and in situ breast carcinoma. She has published over 320 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, and over 100 invited articles and chapters.

Dr Alistair Ring Portrait

Dr Alistair Ring The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alistair Ring is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden. He undertook his pre-clinical training at the University of Cambridge and clinical training at the University of Oxford, qualifying in 1997. His oncology training was based at The Royal Marsden, St George’s and Guy’s Hospitals, London. He gained his MD research degree in 2005 from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) at the University of London. In 2008 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Oncology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where he held various roles including Director of the Brighton NIHR Clinical Research Facility. In 2014 he was appointed Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden. He has specialist interests in the management of metastatic and early breast cancer and the management of cancer in older patients. He has a major interest in research, and is UK lead for a number of research studies examining the roles of aspirin and modern targeted drugs in the management of breast cancer. He is Chair of the Committee for Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden and the ICR. Dr Ring has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and in 2015, edited the textbook Problem Solving in Older Cancer Patients and in 2017 Breast Cancer Survivorship. In 2018 Dr Ring was appointed Honorary Reader in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Miss Hirah Rizki Portrait

Miss Hirah Rizki Imperial College NHS Trust, London

Hirah Rizki graduated from Imperial College London in 2008 and went on to complete her higher surgical training in the East of England Deanery. Her training included two years at the Chelmsford Breast Unit and completing The Chief Resident Clinical Leadership and Management Development Programme from The Judge Business School at Cambridge University. In 2019 she was awarded the National Breast Oncoplastic TIG Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital. During this fellowship she set up and led the first multicentre national TIG collaboration to look at the management of positive anterior margins after skin sparing mastectomies. Hirah’s current areas of research include assessing the utility of oncotype type in low risk patients and recurrence rates after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. In addition she has a keen interest in teaching and training and holds positions including faculty on a national FRCS revision course and co-hosts a podcast series entitled “Landmark Trials in Breast Cancer”. Hirah received her Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in 2020 and has recently been appointed as a Locum Consultant Breast Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Prof John Robertson Portrait

Prof John Robertson University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Ms Pankaj Roy Portrait

Ms Pankaj Roy Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust