ABS Fellowships and Observerships

On this page, you will find information about ABS Fellowships and Observerships


Association of Breast Surgery Educational Fellowships

In light of the current travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic the ABS Trustees have decided not to offer Educational Fellowships in 2020.  Information about future Educational Fellowships will appear here in due course.

For any queries please contact 020 7869 6853 or mbartholomew@absgbi.org.uk 

To find out more about how ABS Fellowships have been used, please click here to read reports from ABS members who have previously been awarded, fellowships. 

Mihir Chandarana - ABS International fellowship

Bashar Zeidan - ABS fellowship, Belgium

S. Masooma Zaidi - ABS fellowship, France



The Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) Education and Training Committee has been working with members of the ABS to identify centres prepared to offer local observerships.

On this page you will find a list of centres across the UK that are prepared to offer observerships for UK Consultants, Specialty Doctors and Trainees wishing to gain further knowledge on various surgical procedures.

The ABS are only acting as an information point and are not responsible for any accreditation of the observerships undertaken and stress that this is a local arrangement to be made between the host and the observer.

If you have any questions about these observerships or if you are interested in becoming an observer at any of these units, please contact Margarita Bartholomew (mbartholomew@absgbi.org.uk) or telephone 0207 869 6853.

Observership Centres


Mr Steven Thrush

Worcestershire Royal Hospital 

Mr Simon Cawthorn

Southmead Hospital, Bristol 

Mr Avi Agrawal

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth 

Mr Richard Sutton

Royal United Hospital, Bath 

Miss Raghavan Vidya

Royal Wolverhampton Hospital

Ms Siobhan Laws

Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester 

Mr Douglas Ferguson

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital 

Mr Brendan Smith

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading 

Mr Yazan Masannat

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 



The Fellowship program is overseen by the Association of Breast Surgery and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons through the Training Interface Group in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. The aim of these training posts is to produce surgeons fit to practice in modern oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery. Applicants from general surgery and plastic surgery are encouraged to participate.

The specialist breast units provide high volume interspecialty experience to meet the trainees individual educational needs. Access to breast and plastic clinical experience for each of the posts is highlighted in the job descriptions. Exposure to surgical techniques is comprehensive in all posts, but may vary in volume of cases between units.

An annual recruitment round runs each year with the fellowships starting on 22 July each year.

please visit JCST website for more information about the application process.