Consulting at the rooms of Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA, these specialists are at the forefront of breast cancer research and treatment, constantly striving to improve outcomes and develop innovative solutions.
Working to reshape
the future of breast cancer
It takes many teams of people to deliver the range of services that now make up BCRC–WA. At this level of practice, medicine is more than a job, more of a callingJoPatient
Dr Farah believes in holistic treatment, removing the breast cancer safely whilst ensuring that the form and shape of the breast is not compromised. She also offers breast reconstruction for cancer or benign conditions, breast reduction surgery, breast augmentation and fat grafting. Her expertise also includes both open and laparoscopic General Surgery.
As well as working in the private sector, she is also a surgical teacher and is involved in training medical students and surgical trainees at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. She was appointed as the Director of Breast Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and held this position for over 4 years.
Her other new role is as the Education Lead at BCRC-WA, responsible for providing teaching and education for staff, producing written breast cancer information for patients and families and coordinating education sessions for GPs in the community.
She looks forward to continuing involvement in clinical breast cancer research and becoming one of the team at BCRC-WA.
After graduating from the University of the Basque Country in Spain, Jose underwent general surgical training in the UK before completing a Doctorate in Medicine thesis degree in breast cancer genetics with the University of Nottingham in 2006. He has presented his research at scientific meetings in Australia and Europe, and published over twenty articles and abstracts, including a book chapter in familial breast cancer.
In 2007 Jose came to Perth to undertake sub-specialty fellowship training in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, then worked as a Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Perth Hospital until January 2020. Whist at RPH he was Head of the Multidisciplinary Breast Service from 2009 to 2011 and Head of Department of General Surgery during the years 2013-2018.
Since February 2015 he is a staff Consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital, and he also holds an appointment as Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Medical School, UWA.
In recent years Jose has broadened his knowledge from visiting attachments to Breast Units in Scotland, Nottingham, Paris, and USA, bringing back new skills to WA.
As well as offering expertise in the management of all aspects of benign and malignant breast conditions, Jose has special interests in partial breast reconstruction with chest wall perforator flaps, fat grafting correction of developmental and postoperative breast deformities, and primary and revisional breast implant augmentation and reduction surgery.
Jose is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA.
Setting out on his professional path, Brendan completed his internship and residency at prestigious institutions, notably Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Following this, he ventured to Sydney to specialize in oncology, dedicating five years of his career to Royal North Shore Hospital.
While Brendan’s tenure in Sydney proved rewarding, a deep yearning for the West Coast and the captivating ocean sunsets called him back to his origins in Western Australia.
Beyond his medical pursuits, Brendan takes solace in the tranquility of ocean swimming, indulges in the cultural richness of theater, and maintains a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Brendan considers himself immensely fortunate to be a member of the esteemed team at the Breast Cancer Research Centre – WA, where he contributes to the advancement of breast cancer research with great dedication and enthusiasm.
Above all she gives the assurance of quality to her patients. All cancer cases are discussed in a multi-disciplinary team meetings involving radiologists, nuclear physicians, medical oncologist and other experts in the field, ensuring the treatment plans and management are on par with international treatment standards. Bindu is available to consult for all breast and elective general surgical problems. She is skilled in partial and full reconstruction surgery of the breast following cancer surgery.
A graduate of the University of Queensland in 2007, he trained at Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and then returned home to Perth to complete his advanced training in medical oncology in 2012. He was an inaugural recipient of the WA Cancer and Palliative Care and Cancer Research Fellowship in 2014, which encompassed both clinical and laboratory based breast cancer research. Peter was appointed as a medical oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne in 2015 and completed his PhD in immunotherapy.
He returned to Perth in 2020 and leads the Breast Cancer Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Medical Oncology Unit and is a principal investigator for a number of breast cancer and immunotherapy trials.
Peter is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.
After graduating from The University of Melbourne medical school in 2010, he completed his general surgery training through the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2018. He moved to Perth to complete a fellowship in breast surgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He then went on to undertake further subspecialty fellowship training in oncoplastic breast surgery at the world-renowned Nightingale Breast Centre (Manchester, UK), where he trained with breast and plastic surgeons learning advanced modern oncoplastic breast surgery techniques.
Mr Li is actively involved in research and teaching. He is currently completing his PhD on HER2-positive breast cancer and immunotherapy. He has authored over 20 peer reviewed publications with more than 300 cumulative citations. He is also a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia.
Mr Li offers the full range of breast and oncoplastic surgery procedures including reconstruction, perforator flaps (partial breast reconstruction), therapeutic mammoplasty, reduction, augmentation, fat grafting and revisional surgery. He has a special interest in breast conservation surgery for women with large or multifocal cancers that would traditionally require a mastectomy.
Mr Li operates at Hollywood Private, Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park hospitals. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Dr Lo has been a principal investigator for breast cancer clinical trials and has established her own investigator-initiated studies, with sites recruiting in Melbourne and Adelaide. She has book chapter and international journal publications in cancer research and is a reviewer for international cancer journals. She is also a clinical examiner for the FRACP medical physician speciality examinations.
Dr Martin has a strong research interest. She has obtained her Master of Public Health through the University of Sydney, and her PhD through the University of Western Australia, which focused on predictors of recurrence of hormone receptor positive breast cancer including mammographic breast density. She has been principal investigator of multiple clinical trials, including investigator initiated trials. She has a number of publications and presented research she has undertaken both locally and internationally. She also regularly writes, by invitation, for the Breast Cancer Research Review. Dr Martin is a member of the Breast Cancer Trials Group, and a member of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia breast cancer interest subgroup.
Mr Martin also has experience and expertise in treating thyroid and parathyroid diseases, varicose veins, melanoma, skin cancers and all general surgical conditions. He has specific expertise in laparoscopic hernia surgery, laparoscopic splenectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy and vascular access surgery. Mr Martin holds current office bearing positions with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He operates at Hollywood Private Hospital, Bethesda Hospital, the Mount Hospital and St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
Mr Martin is an active member of the breast section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (BreastSurgANZ) and participates fully in the National Breast Audit. He has published and presented both nationally and internationally and is dedicated to the development and progression of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Ponniah received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1995 from Barkatullah University, in India. She completed her Advanced Surgical Training in Malaysia, attaining her Master of Surgery in 2004 practising as a general surgeon with breast interest in district and tertiary hospitals. She completed a further two years of breast oncoplastic training in Perth and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Throughout her career, Dr Ponniah maintained her commitment to the public system and prided in being a role model for other aspiring female surgeons. She held honorary lecturer positions at training hospitals in Malaysia and is at present an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Notre Dame. She is an active member and is in the interview panel for post graduate breast oncoplastic trainee selections for BreastSurgANZ. Dr Ponniah is currently the Head of Department of the Breast Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth practising as a General and Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon.