Executive Committee

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Executive Committee2018-11-28T10:35:29+00:00
Professor Christobel Saunders

Professor Christobel Saunders

President
Christobel Saunders is a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth and St John of God Hospitals in Perth, Western Australia. She is the Professor of Surgical Oncology and Head of Unit, General Surgery at The University of Western Australia; and holds both clinical and research roles in the breast and melanoma cancer field. She is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services nationally as member of the National Lead Clinicians Group and Cancer Australia Advisory Council, Board Member of Cancer Council Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia, and past President of Cancer Council Western Australia. Christobel has been involved in the development of numerous best practice guidelines for both patients and clinicians and her work is embedded in a firm evidence base implementing the latest research.

Christobel has worked in the breast cancer field for over 13 years and in 2010 received the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Patron’s Award for achievement in breast cancer research. Christobel’s research covers a wide diversity of areas including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial research and translational and health services research. She has an exceptional funding track record, having attracted a career total of nearly $23 million in over 55 grants awarded in Australia since 2001. Christobel has published over 90 scientific papers in refereed journals, two books and 18 book chapters. She is a co-author of the book Breast Cancer - a guide for every woman and Breast Cancer: The Facts, which was shortlisted for the BMA Book of the Year in 2010.

Christobel has a passion for health and medical research, patient advocacy and an exceptional clinical track record in the management and treatment of breast cancer.
Dr David Littlejohn

Dr David Littlejohn

Vice President
Dr David Littlejohn is a specialist Breast, Oncoplastic and General Surgeon. He trained at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and then in the U.K with Dr Richard Rainsbury.

On returning from the U.K in 2000 he settled in Wagga Wagga where he commenced his surgical practice. Clinical interests include all general surgery with a specialty in breast, oncoplastic and endocrine surgery.

Dr Littlejohn is currently the Secretary & Treasurer of BreastSurg ANZ and a founding member of Breast Surgeons NSW and BreastSurgANZ. He convened the first Level 2 Cadaver oncoplastic workshop in Brisbane in 2014 and was the immediate past chair of the BreastSurgANZ Oncoplastic Committee.
Dr David Walters

Dr David Walters

Hon. Treasurer
Dr David Littlejohn is a specialist Breast, Oncoplastic and General Surgeon. He trained at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and then in the U.K with Dr Richard Rainsbury.

On returning from the U.K in 2000 he settled in Wagga Wagga where he commenced his surgical practice. Clinical interests include all general surgery with a specialty in breast, oncoplastic and endocrine surgery.

Dr Littlejohn is currently the Secretary & Treasurer of BreastSurg ANZ and a founding member of Breast Surgeons NSW and BreastSurgANZ. He convened the first Level 2 Cadaver oncoplastic workshop in Brisbane in 2014 and was the immediate past chair of the BreastSurgANZ Oncoplastic Committee.
Dr Wen Chan Yeow

Dr Wen Chan Yeow

Member
Dr Wen Chan Yeow is a General Surgeon with subspecialisation in Breast Surgery in Perth. She graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 and gained her FRACS from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2009. Wen Chan completed her two year Breast and Oncoplastic fellowship in Perth and The Royal Marsden Hospital in the UK. She then worked the following year as locum Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Marsden.

Since returning home she has a public appointment at Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals. Wen Chan also works at St John of God Subiaco, St John of God Murdoch and Bethesda Hospitals in a Multidisciplinary team. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Her interest is in Oncoplastic surgery and breast reconstruction and she hopes to contribute to education and research.
Dr Robert Whitfield

Dr Robert Whitfield

Member
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'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.
A/Prof Sanjay Warrier

A/Prof Sanjay Warrier

Member
A/Prof Warrier is a Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Mater hospital and Chris Obrien Lifehouse. He also works as a VMO at BreastScreen NSW, is a member of Australasian Society of Breast Disease and the BreastSurgANZ executive council.

Sanjay’s post fellowship training has been extensive, with three and a half years of training in breast surgery. He has spent one and a half years at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women with the Breast Surgical Oncology unit.

Sanjay was then based for two years at the Oncoplastic Breast Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) consolidating surgical techniques in both an oncological and reconstructive setting.

Sanjay is passionate about patient care, teaching and research.

Currently the Chairman of Post-Fellowship Training for BreastSurgANZ, Sanjay is responsible for the training and credentialing of future breast surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. He is also Site Director of Surgical Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

He is an Associate Professor of Sydney University with the Royal Prince Alfred Academic Institute. He is lead researcher on the unit with goals of developing and creating a culture of academia within the breast department.

Sanjay has had his research work presented at multiple national and international conferences including San Antonio Breast Symposium and ASCO. He has published many peer review journals and magazine articles.

In 2013, Sanjay’s work on Hedgehog signalling, in collaboration with the Garvan Institute, won the Patron’s Prize at RPAH for the best scientific oral presentation.
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