Jane O’ Brien

Jane O' BrienJane O’Brien is a specialist breast and oncoplastic surgeon whose practice is exclusively confined to breast work, encompassing the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all benign and malignant conditions of the breast, and surveillance and prophylactic surgery for high risk groups.

Jane completed her medical training in 1985, graduating from the University of Melbourne. Following advanced surgical training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne which she completed in 1994, she undertook a two year breast surgical fellowship in Melbourne and Edinburgh, Scotland. She then worked as a consultant breast surgeon in the United Kingdom for a period of eight years at a number of world class, internationally renown breast units. During her time in the UK Jane gained extensive experience in breast reconstructive techniques, and used this experience on her return home to become one of the first breast surgeons in Australia to enthusiastically embrace the fledgling subspecialty of oncoplastic surgery, which was at that time still in it’s infancy.

Jane O' Brien

Following her return to Melbourne, Jane in 2005 established the Epworth Breast Service. She held a public hospital appointment as a specialist breast surgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre from 2004-2013 and at Breastscreen Victoria from 2005-2017.

In 2017, Jane relocated her breast practice to St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne, establishing The Breast Centre at St Vincent’s Hospital East Melbourne.

Jane has a particular interest in the treatment of breast cancer in younger women and genetic breast cancers, and in the organization and delivery of multidisciplinary breast cancer care. Jane’s main area of surgical expertise is “oncoplastic” breast surgery, aimed at maximising the cosmetic result following breast conservation surgery for breast cancer using advanced surgical techniques and also nipple-sparing mastectomy and reconstruction, both in the preventive setting and as treatment for breast cancer.

Jane O' Brien

Jane sits on the council of the Australasian Society of Breast Surgeons (BreastSurgANZ) and is a member of their oncoplastic subcommittee. She is on the medical advisory board of Pink Hope, a preventative health organisation working to ensure that every Australian is empowered to assess and understand their risk of breast and ovarian cancer. She is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Australasian Society for Breast Disease and the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG).

All of Jane O’Brien’s operating is performed at St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne.

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Training /Qualifications

Qualifications
MB.BS FRACS

Medical Registration
Medical Board of Australia

Training/Career Summary

  • 1980 – 1985
    Medical School.
    University of Melbourne. MB.BS
    Clinical School – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • 1986 – 1994
    Postgraduate Surgical Training
    St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

  • 1994 – 1995
    Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

  • 1995 – 1996
    University of Melbourne/Department of Surgery
    St. Vincent’s Hospital Breast Unit
    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
    Breast Fellow

  • 1996 – 1997
    Edinburgh Breast Unit
    Western General Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland
    Visiting Clinical Breast Fellow

  • 1997 – 1998
    Professional Unit of Surgery/Nottingham Breast Unit
    City Hospital Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Consultant Breast Surgeon

  • 1998 – 1999
    Kettering General Hospital, United Kingdom
    Consultant Breast Surgeon
    Programme Manager Breast Screening Service

  • 1999 – 2000
    Professional Unit of Surgery/Nottingham Breast Unit
    City Hospital Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Consultant Breast Surgeon

  • 2000 – 2001
    Cheltenham General Hospital
    United Kingdom. Consultant Breast Surgeon

  • 2001 – 2004
    St. Richard’s Hospital
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    Consultant Breast Surgeon

  • 2005-2013
    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

  • 2005-2017
    Breastscreen Victoria, St Vincent’s Hospital

  • 2005 -2017
    Epworth Breast Service, Richmond

  • 2017 onwards
    The Breast Centre at St Vincents Hospital East Melbourne


Professional Memberships

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Breast Section (Full Member)
Australasian Society for Breast Diseases
Australasian Society for Breast Diseases (ASBD)
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Society of Breast Surgeons
Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG)
Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG)
Australian Medical Association
Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Boards/Committees

Breast Surgeons of Australia & New Zealand Incorporated

Jane O’Brien sits on the council of the Australasian Society of Breast Surgeons (BreastSurgANZ) and is a member of their oncoplastic subcommittee.

Pink Hope

Jane O’Brien is a member of Medical and Professional Advisory Committee of Pink Hope, a preventative health organisation working to ensure that every Australian is empowered to assess and understand their risk of breast and ovarian cancer. pinkhope.org.au

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