Breast Cancer Research Centre - WA

Our Specialists

Professor Arlene Chan

Medical Oncologist
- AM, MBBS, FRACP, MMed Adjunct, School of Medicine, Curtin University, Director Breast Clinical Trials Unit, Hollywood Private Hospital, Deputy Chairperson of Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA

After graduating from the University of Melbourne Medical School, Professor Chan obtained her Fellowship in Medical Oncology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and then a Master of Medicine in Palliative Care from the University of Melbourne.

She went on to receive a Fellowship in Breast Cancer and Cancer Genetics from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and returned to Australia in 1997 and practiced as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Royal Perth Hospital where she stayed until 2002.

She has been an academic breast cancer-specific oncologist since 1999 and is currently a professor at the School of Medicine (adjunct) at Curtin University, the Director of the Breast Clinical Trials Unit at Hollywood Private Hospital and is Vice-Chair of Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA.

She has been the principal investigator of more than 110 breast cancer trials, advises for several pharmaceutical companies involved in breast cancer treatments and has authored more than 200 publications. She has been an invited speaker at more than 170 local, national and international breast cancer conferences.

Her areas of interest include clinical research in understanding biological determinants of therapeutic response in breast cancer, optimising symptomatic care in early and advanced breast cancer and developing data collection systems for clinical research and measuring patient outcomes.

In June 2016, she was awarded Western Australian of the Year, Professions Division in recognition of her accomplishments, expertise, and dedication to the field of breast cancer. She was a finalist in Australian of the Year Awards in 2017 and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018 for her contribution to medicine.

Dr Peter Willsher

Specialist Breast Surgeon
- MBBS, DM, FRACS, Chairman of Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA

Peter is a surgeon specialising in the management of breast diseases.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School and completed his surgical training in Melbourne.

He then practised in the UK at the Nottingham City Hospital Breast Centre as a Clinical and Research Fellow. During that time, he completed a Doctorate of Medicine, undertaking a research project and thesis on biological changes in breast cancer. Peter then worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto where he completed a Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery.

In 2000, Peter received an award from the American College of Surgeons as the International Guest Scholar.

Peter has published approximately 100 Abstracts and Papers including two book chapters. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Peter is the Chairman of Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA and with his breast surgery practice located at Hollywood Private Hospital, he provides surgical services to many BCRC-WA patients.

Dr Hilary Martin

Medical Oncologist
- MBBS, FRACP, PhD, MPH, BMedSci

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

Dr Jose Cid Fernandez

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
- LMS, FRCS(Eng), DM, FRCS(Gen Surg), FRACS. Board Member of 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.

Mr Richard Martin

Specialist Oncoplastic Breast, Endocrine and General Surgeon
- MBBS, FRACS

Mr Richard Martin began surgical training in 1996 and now has over 20 years surgical experience. He 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 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 Bindu Kunjuraman

Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon
- MBBS, MS, FRCS, FRACS

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.

Dr Farah Abdul Aziz

Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon
- MBBS(UK), BMedSci, MRCS(Eng), FRACS

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. She 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.

Dr Kallyani Ponniah

Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon
- MBBS (India), MS (Malaysia), FRACS

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 says she 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.