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Team of Specialists

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 calling

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Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon

Dr Farah Abdul Aziz

Dr Farah Abdul Aziz is a Fellow of Australasian College of Surgeons with extensive training in General Surgery and a specialist in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

Dr Farah obtained her primary medical qualifications at Nottingham University in the UK in 1998 and completed her advanced surgical training in Perth. She then underwent post fellowship training in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

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.

Medical Oncologist

Dr Claire Beecroft

Dr Claire Beecroft joined the BCRC-WA team as a medical oncologist and education lead in early 2023.

Dr Claire Beecroft joined the BCRC-WA team as a medical oncologist in early 2023. She completed my medical and oncology training in Western Australia, through the major public hospitals. I have been fortunate enough to complete a Fellowship at the Breast Cancer Research Centre- WA in 2021, supervised by Professor Arlene Chan. Through this she gained experience in evidence-based breast cancer treatment and was involved, as a sub-investigator, in the local and international trials undertaken at BCRC-WA.

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.

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Mr Jose Cid Fernandez

Mr Jose is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA.

Jose is a Specialist Breast Surgeon, working at the forefront of oncoplastic surgical techniques, which combine, in appropriate cases, optimal treatment of breast cancer with excellent cosmetic outcomes.

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.

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Medical Oncologist

Dr Brendan Kirwin

Brendan is the newest Medical Oncologist to join the team of specialists at Perth Breast Cancer Institute at BCRC-WA.

Hailing from Western Australia, Brendan’s early years were spent in various regions, including Karratha, Kalgoorlie, Perth, and Bunbury. His academic journey led him to the University of Western Australia, where he pursued his medical degree.

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.

Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon

Dr Bindu Kunjuraman

Dr Kunjuraman is an Australian trained General Surgeon with nearly 25 years of experience in general surgery in Australia and overseas.

Dr Kunjuraman prioritises her time with patients and allocates ample time for patient discussion and treatment planning. Bindu has the ability to listen and explain treatment to her patients in the language that they understand.

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.

Medical Oncologist

Dr Peter Lau

Dr Peter Lau 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.

Dr Peter Lau is a medical oncologist with specific interests in breast cancer and immunotherapy.

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.

Mr Ran Li
Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Mr Ran Li

Mr Ran Li is an Australian trained specialist oncoplastic breast surgeon with international subspecialty fellowship experience.

Mr Ran Li is an Australian trained specialist oncoplastic breast surgeon with international subspecialty fellowship experience. He takes a compassionate and personalised approach to treating each patient.

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.

Medical Oncologist

Dr Louisa Lo

Dr Lo was awarded the prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council PhD scholarship and RACP excellence award in 2017.

Dr Louisa Lo, Medical Oncologist, graduated from the University of Manchester (UK) with Honours in 2009. She completed her breast cancer oncology fellowship training at the Peter MacCallum Breast Cancer Unit in Melbourne and continued working there as a medical oncologist after her training was complete. Dr Lo was awarded the prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council PhD scholarship and RACP excellence award in 2017. She is currently completing her PhD in breast cancer liquid biopsy and is interested to use this as a tool to personalise breast cancer treatment for patients.

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.

Medical Oncologist

Dr Hilary Martin

Dr Hilary Martin is an Oncologist who subspecialises in the management of breast cancer. She obtained her medical degree from The University of Melbourne.

Hilary initial oncology training was undertaken at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. She then worked as Clinical Fellow in the Breast Cancer Unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London. She subsequently undertook a further breast cancer clinical fellow year at Royal Perth Hospital. She worked at Royal Perth Hospital as Consultant Oncologist, and transitioned to Fiona Stanley Hospital, where she works primarily as a Breast Oncologist.

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.

Specialist Oncoplastic Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon

Mr Richard Martin

Mr Richard began surgical training in 1996 and now has over 20 years surgical experience.

Mr Martin has two years post fellowship training specifically in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery encompassing all aspects of breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, breast oncology, and sentinel node biopsy.

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.

Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon

Dr Kallyani Ponniah

Dr Kallyani Ponniah specialises in breast disease and cancer. She also takes care of those at high risk of developing breast cancer, either because of personal or family history.

Dr Ponniah admires the courage of the brave women when they receive their cancer diagnosis and feels privileged in being able to have an ongoing dialogue about their tailored care. She has been operating in this field for over 15 years.

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.