Dr. Petrousjka van den Tol

Dr. M. Petrousjka van den Tol has been trained as General Surgeon since 1997 in the Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis in Delft and the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. She now practices at the VU University Medical Center in the field of surgical oncology in full breadth with special interest in the breast, liver, melanoma and sarcoma surgery.

In the field of the surgical treatment of breast carcinoma, too, a lot of clinical research is done and she supervises a number of successive PhD students, with the most prominent development being that of the ultrasound-guided forest cancer operations in which the VU University Medical Center and the cooperating research centers are leading in the Netherlands (COBALT study).

Prof M. Douek

Professor Michael Douek is a breast surgeon with an interest in breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction.He is professor of surgical oncology at King’s College London and honorary consultant surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.He was awarded a prestigious Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2015.

Prof Douek’s research interests include developing and evaluating novel techniques for cancer surgery, including the use of magnetic techniques for sentinel lymph node biopsy. He is also one of the pioneers of the use of intra-operative radiotherapy for breast cancer.

Dr Dawid Murawa

Dr Murawa graduated from the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poland. Having undertaken a PhD he has specialised in General Surgery and subsequently Surgical Oncology. He has coordinated several domestic and foreign research  projects and in 2012 wrote a postdoctoral dissertation on Surgical Conservative Management combined with intraoperative radiotherapy in Breast Cancer. His main areas of interest are gastric, colorectal and breast cancers and was awarded the Young Positivist Medal from the Hipolit Cegielski Society for his social activity.

Mr Dinesh Thekkinkattil

Mr Thekkinkattil graduated from Calicut University in 1998. He has subsequently undertaken a Masters in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery from the University of East Anglia as well as completing his MD through the University of Leeds. He now works at both Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital in Bolton as an Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon.



Dr. Isabel-Teresa Rubio

Dr Rubio is the Director of the Breast Surgical Unit at Clinica Universidad de Navarra. Her training includes fellowships in Little Rock, Arkansas and at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston. From there she returned to Spain as Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology at the Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron and Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona. She has published numerous international papers and book chapters and sits on the board of the European Society of Surgical Oncology.

Miss Leena Chagla

Miss Chagla qualified from the oldest Indian Medical Institute, Grant Medical College, Mumbai. Having trained at JJ Hospital and Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, she moved to the UK and now is head of the breast unit at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals. As well as an active role in the Association of Breast Surgeons, of note facilitating the Oncoplastic Fellows meeting annually, Miss Chagla also acts as an advisor to Public Health England


Dr. Pat Whitworth

Dr Whitworth undertook his medical training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Centre, graduating in 1983. From there he undertook his internship and residency at University of Louisville Hospital. Having undertaken a fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre, he is now based in Nashville, Tennessee where he acts as Director of the Nashville Breast Centre.

He has previously sat as Chair of both the Board of Directors and the Research Committee for the American Society  of Breast Surgeons. He is widely published and is particularly focussed on image guided, minimally invasive surgical techniques for the diagnosis and management of Breast Cancer.

Dr. Abilgail Caudle

Dr Caudle currently works at MD Anderson Cancer Centre where she is Executive Medical Director in the Department of Perioperative Services, as well as Associated Professor in Breast Surgical Oncology.

As well as sitting on numerous committees and fulfilling various educational roles, Dr Caudle is widely published with a particular focus on the management of the axilla in breast cancer.


Mr. Amit Goyal

Having trained at Cardiff University, Mr Goyal became a Clinical Lecturer in Surgery at Cardiff University and completed his subspecialty training in Breast and Reconstructive Surgery at the Professorial Unit in Cardiff. After fellowships in Sheffield, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Beth Israel Deaconess he is now based at the Royal Derby Hospital.

His work has been central to the studying of and dissemination of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy within the United Kingdom. Furthermore he is Chief Investigator in the POSNOC Trial as well as having worked closely within the ALMANAC and NEW START trials.

Dr. Marie-Jeanne Vrancken Peeters

Dr Vrancken Peeters has been a surgeon since 2002. She trained in Leiden before undertaking further training in the Academic Medical Centre, the university hospital attached to the University of Amsterdam. In 2005 she moved to the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Netherlands Cancer Institute where she remains, specialising in the management of gastro-oesophageal cancer as well as breast cancer. Within breast cancer, she has particular interest in the use of radio-iodine seeds for localisation of axillary lymph nodes.

Dr. Zoltan Matrai

Dr Matrai is not only head of the Centre of Surgical Oncology at the National Institute of Oncology in Budapest, but also lead in the Department of Breast & Sarcoma Surgery. His skills range from general, plastics and thoracic surgery. He is the editor of the first textbook on modern breast cancer surgery written in Hungarian and is widely published in various topics including cosmetic and functional outcomes following breast conserving surgery as well as optimal treatment of the axilla following sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Dr. Ali Sever

Ali Rıza Sever was born on March 14th, 1963 in Izmir, Turkey. He studied medicine at the University of Istanbul. In 1992 he started his radiology residency at the Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam.  In 2011 he attained a PhD degree in University of Utrecht, The Netherlands following his research over the microbubbles and sentinel nodes. He is currently working at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, and also participates in NHS Breast Screening Programme at King’s College Hospital.

Dr Raghavan Vidya

Dr Raghavan Vidya is a Senior lecturer at Birmingham University and Consultant Oncoplastic breast surgeon at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. She is an active in regional, national (member of ABS breast academic Group, CQC, National Chemotherapy and Pharmacy Group, RCS QA assessor) committees. Dr Vidya has a keen interest in trials, innovation and advances in Surgery.