Specialist Breast Surgeon

A/Prof. James French was drawn to a career in medicine from an early age – his father was a general surgeon and his mother a GP. He chose surgery because it allows him to see immediate results for his patients, and since 2009 James has concentrated exclusively on breast surgery.

In James’ Words

“I feel very lucky – my work is incredibly rewarding. For example, I like taking the time to talk to a newly diagnosed woman help her to understand all the treatment options available to her. Generally, by the end of the appointment, a patient who was incredibly worried is feeling much better, can make a clear, informed choice about her treatment options and completely understands the next step.

My work involves long days in the theatre where I’m operating for many hours. But at the end of that day, I feel great knowing I’ve helped my patients in terms of treating their cancer and giving them the best possible aesthetic outcome I can. I discuss every patients’ care with my team – that way we ensure that every woman we treat has the benefit of multiple specialist opinions.”

Oncoplastic Techniques

James has been at the cutting edge of oncoplastic breast surgery which focuses on treating cancer but at the same time giving patients the best possible aesthetic outcome. This allows women to focus on their recovery while being reminded as little as possible about the treatment they have had.

“Each week I attend 2 or 3 multi-disciplinary meetings with fellow surgeons where we discuss new techniques and trials. The field of breast surgery is moving incredibly quickly and we are all constantly striving to give women the best possible treatment outcomes. It’s fantastic to be at the forefront of this work.”

You can contact James through his public or private secretaries.

James’ Bio

A/Prof. James French is a specialist General surgeon who focuses on breast surgery and is the Head of Breast Surgery at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute. He also has a private practice run via Specialist Services. He operates at Westmead Private Hospital, Norwest Private Hospital and Lakeview Private Hospital in Norwest. All consultations (for both public and private patients) in private rooms now take place in Suite 3 at Lakeview Private Hospital.

After completing general surgical training James undertook 2 further fellowship years of training in breast and thyroid/parathyroid surgery. Since 2009 James has concentrated exclusively on breast surgery.

James is at the forefront of developing oncoplastic techniques for breast surgery. He offers a wide variety of options for women who are suitable for or choose to undergo breast-conserving surgery including reduction mammoplasty (breast conserving surgery combined with breast reduction) and multiple implant-based options (single and 2 stage procedures, with and without nipple preservation) for women who choose implant-based breast reconstruction. In addition, he maintains close ties with plastic and reconstructive colleagues for patients who choose or who are best suited to a tissue-based reconstruction.

James chairs, and discusses all his breast cancer patients in a multi-disciplinary meeting both in the public and private sectors, ensuring everyone has access to multiple specialist opinions regarding their cancer management.

As an associate clinical professor at the University of Sydney, James is also involved in teaching – from medical students to medical graduates and post graduate surgical fellows. He has contributed to numerous peer reviewed articles and is involved in numerous local and international clinical trials.

James is on the Medical Advisory Committee and the Board of Lakeview Private Hospital.

While maintaining his general fitness James frequently competes in fun runs where any donations raised are directed towards a breast cancer related organisation. He also participates in breast cancer related charity events such as dragon boat racing and the pink ribbon ride.

Contact James French