BreastSurgANZ Committee / Council

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BreastSurgANZ Committee / Council2020-06-11T18:40:51+10:00
Miss Melanie Walker

Miss Melanie Walker

President
Melanie Walker is a specialist breast surgeon in Melbourne, in private practice and holds public appointments at Alfred Health and Monash Health, as well as Breastscreen Victoria.
Melanie is the current President of BreastSurgANZ and is committed to ensuring standards in the training and credentialing of breast surgeons.
Melanie is a founding member of the executive committee of BreastSurgANZ, having been a member of Council since the Society’s inception in 2010. Prior to this, she was a member of the Executive Council of the Breast Section of RACS. She was the Vice-President in 2019-20.
She currently chairs the Education, Training & Research Subcommittee. She is a long standing member of the Oncoplastic Subcommittee, having served as its Chair 2018-2019, Deputy Chair 2017-2018 and convenor of the Oncoplastic Workshops 2017-2019.
She graduated from Monash University in 1996 and trained in general surgery at the Alfred Hospital, obtaining her FRACS in 2002. She then undertook a further three years training in breast surgery in the UK, training at the Edinburgh Breast Unit and undertaking an Oncoplastic Fellowship year at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow, where she developed her special interest in oncoplastic breast surgery and breast ultrasound.

Dr Kylie Snook

Dr Kylie Snook

Vice President
Dr Kylie Snook is a specialist Oncoplastic Breast surgeon with over 10 years experience in consultant practice. She is based on the lower North Shore in Sydney, working in both the private and public sector treating exclusively patients with breast disease. Kylie manages around 200 patients with breast cancer/year with a multidisciplinary approach through the Mater Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai hospital. She is a member of Breast Cancer Trials and embeds research into her surgical practice by actively recruiting patients for local and international trials. Kylie is also a Visiting Medical Officer at BreastScreen.
Kylie undertook her general surgery training at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Northern Sydney Area Health service. After gaining her fellowship in 2006 she spent two years in Guildford, UK as the clinical research fellow in oncoplastic breast surgery. Here she gained post fellowship expertise in reconstructive techniques and oncoplastic approaches to breast surgery and research experience particularly in sentinel node biopsy.
Dr Snook in a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Sydney Northern Clinical School. She is involved in teaching at all levels - medical students, junior medical officers, surgical registrars and breast surgery fellows. She has made numerous contributions of teaching resources for the Graduate Certificate in Breast Surgery offered through USyd. Kylie is also involved in formal surgery mentor programs though Sydney University Surgical Society, Royal North Shore Hospital and the Royal Australasian college of Surgeons.
Dr Snook is a founding member of BreastSurgANZ, and is a member of the Australasian Society of Breast Disease and the Association of Breast Surgery (British Association of Surgical Oncology). She is the Head of Department for Breast & Endocrine Surgery, is on the Medical Advisory Committee and on the board of the Mater Doctors’ association at the Mater Hospital. She established the multidisciplinary team meeting for breast cancer at North Shore Private Hospital. Kylie has also been a medical advisor for the McGrath Foundation and Reclaim Your Curves. She is a member of the current Expert working group responsible for the new Early Breast Cancer Guidelines for Cancer Australia.
Dr Robert Whitfield

Dr Robert Whitfield

Secretary & Treasurer
Dr Robert Whitfield completed his undergraduate medical degree from Monash University in 1998. Robert obtained his Fellowship in General Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2009. He did two years of post-Fellowship training in Adelaide in breast surgery, endocrine surgery and surgical oncology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, before completing an oncoplastic Fellowship in Edinburgh in 2011. In 2012, he returned Adelaide and is currently employed as a senior staff specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He commenced private practice in 2015.
Robert is currently the Secretary & Treasurer of BreastSurg ANZ.
Robert's has sub-specialty expertise in breast surgery including oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery, endocrine surgery and melanoma. He has ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at the University of Adelaide, investigating molecular mechanisms involved in mammary tumourigenesis.
Robert is the current chair of the South Australian General Surgery Training Committee and is a member of the General Surgeons Australia Board in General Surgery. He is the South Australian representative on the RACS Younger Fellows Committee and the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) committee, and serves on the RACS South Australian Regional Committee and the RACS Surgical Oncology Section Committee. He has an interest in surgical education and regularly participates in CCrISP provider and instructor courses as an Instructor and Director. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Surgical Education at Melbourne University.
Robert's other interests include photography and music.
Dr Caroline Baker

Dr Caroline Baker

Committee Member / Councillor
Caroline obtained her MBBS from Melbourne University in 1985. She did her fellowship training through St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne gaining her FRACS in 1994 in General Surgery. She then spent the next 5 years in The UK, initially broadening her experience in all surgical areas and then subspecialising in the emerging field of breast surgery. Initially she worked with Mr. Mark Kissin, Head of Breast Surgery at Royal Surrey County Hospital, who was one of the first worldwide to take on the technique of sentinel node biopsy which she then implemented in Australia. She also attended the Royal College of Surgeons Breast Specialist Training Program whilst she spent 12 months at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, learning the art of multidisciplinary care, participating in international multicentre research trials and developing an appreciation for the valuable contribution made to patient care by the breast care nurse. She also learnt breast reconstruction and reshaping skills.
On her return to Melbourne, she focussed on her role in public healthcare as Director of Breast Services at Austin Health, located in the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, working there for 18 years. She is now Head of Breast Surgery at St Vincent's Public Hospital and Chief Surgeon to St Vincent's Breast Screen. She is also a director of Victorian Breast and Oncology care
Caroline is a foundation member of BreastSurgANZ, a longterm member of the Australasian Society of Breast Diseases, a previous member of Cancer Council Victoria's Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group, a founding member of Melbourne's Breast Surgeons Journal Club and is an active VCCC participant. She is a member of Breast Cancer Trials and has been entering patients in international clinical trials since 1996.
Caroline regularly teaches and lectures medical students from the University of Melbourne, junior doctors and registrars training through The University of Melbourne, lymphoedema practitioners, nurses and volunteers within the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. She helped devise a recent Australia-wide educational program for specialist trainees looking at learning opportunities and learning retention and has run the RACS GST Breast Training
She brings experience , maturity and passion to the delivery of breast cancer care and want to ensure that the standards within our subspecialist field are of the highest quality, consistency and validity.
Dr Melissa Bochner

Dr Melissa Bochner

Committee Member / Councillor
Having completed a Masters by research at the University of Sydney, I completed post Fellowship training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and the Edinburgh Breast Unit. I have been a Staff Specialist on the Breast Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 2000 and am a Clinical Titleholder at the University of Adelaide. I have been on the Oncoplastic and Breast Quality Audit subcommittees of BreastSurgANZ. I am a tutor for the Oncoplastic courses for BreastSurg ANZ and provide invited lectures for the University of Sydney Surgical Masters course in Oncoplastic Surgery. My interests are breast reconstruction, research and teaching.
Dr Ben Green

Dr Ben Green

Committee Member / Councillor
Dr Ben Green is a Breast and Endocrine surgeon working in Brisbane. His major teaching position is at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he is supervisor of training of the breast unit.
Dr Green initially graduated from Tasmania before moving to Sydney and finally Queensland where he competed his fellowship training. His focus now is in providing tertiary level breast care with an Oncoplastic focus. He has been heavily involved in teaching and training of SET trainees including preparation for fellowship examinations where he had awarded the GSA Teaching award in 2015.
Ben is currently a BreastSurg ANZ Committee Member and Councillor, as well as Co-Chair of the Post-Fellowship Training sub-committee.
Dr Green is a member of the Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team (QCCAT) overviewing Breast cancer treatment in Queensland and recently Ben has been working with the BreastSurgANZ team to review post-fellowship training guidelines has become involved in the Oncoplastic Masterclass course.