Breast Surgery

Incorporating the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery

 

  • Referrals welcomed for patients with breast disease

  • St Vincent’s doesn't offer treatment for breast enhancement or reduction


Our Team

Miss Caroline Baker
Director of Breast Surgery
Tel: via Switchboard (03) 9231 2211 

Caroline obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Melbourne in 1985. She did her fellowship training through St Vincent's Hospital to become Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1994. She then spent the next 5 years in the UK, initially broadening her experience in all surgical areas and then subspecialising in the emerging field of breast surgery. She also attended the Royal College of Surgeons Breast Specialist Training Program whilst spending 12 months at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London – the UK's preeminent cancer hospital. Caroline worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, St Vincent's Hospital, Austin Health and St Vincent's BreastScreen, whilst establishing a private practice. Caroline focused on her role in public healthcare as Director of Breast Services at Austin Health, working there for 18 years. In 2017, Caroline was appointed as Head of Breast Surgery here at St Vincent's where she is also Chief Surgeon to St Vincent's Breast Screen. Caroline is married and has a daughter.
 

Mr Patrick Hayes
General and Breast Surgeon/Head of Clinic
Tel: (03) 9231 2545

I have been a member of the breast unit at St Vincent’s for over 20 years.  In that time I have seen wonderful advances in all aspects of the investigation and treatment of women with breast diseases.  I am proud to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to deliver the highest quality of care.    
 





 


Miss Christina Foley

Breast and Endocrine
 
Christina FoleyChristina is a specialist breast and endocrine surgeon who obtained her FRACS in 2008. She has trained extensively in the field of breast and endocrine surgery completing fellowships at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA and the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK. She is appointed as a consultant breast and endocrine surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital and BreastScreen Victoria. She is a member of BreastSurgANZ and the Australasian Society of Breast Disease and has a particular interest in the multi-disciplinary management of breast and endocrine cancer, familial breast cancer and surgeon-performed ultrasound.


Dr Kirti Mehta
Radiologist
Tel: (03) 9231 4300
 
180307_BreastTeam_004Dr Kirti Mehta is a Breast radiologist. She works as a Consultant radiologist in Medical Imaging Department and in Breast Screen at St Vincent’s Hospital and with Imaging Associates Private Radiology group at Eastern Health Hospitals. After graduating in 1994 she completed her post graduate Radiology training and Masters in 1998 from Aurangabad University in India. She worked as a Lecturer in Radiology at Grant Medical College, Mumbai and as a Consultant Radiologist with special interest in Foetal Medicine at Mediscan Diagnostics in Chennai, India. After moving to Melbourne in 2004, she re-did her Radiology training at St Vincent’s Hospital and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists in 2007. While training she soon discovered her interest and passion for Breast imaging and completed her breast imaging fellowship at St Vincent’s Breast Screen under the expert guidance of her Mentor Associate Professor Dr Jennifer Cawson. She went on to subspecialise in breast MRI reporting after short course trainings at American college of Radiology in Virginia and at Proscan Imaging in Cincinnati, USA.

Dr Christopher Hart
Medical Oncologist
 
180307_BreastTeam_001Chris first developed an interest in breast cancer during his specialist training in medical oncology, completed in 2013, inspired by the complexity and variety of the disease, as well as the level of care that could be provided to breast cancer patients. He went on to do a two year fellowship in Breast Cancer translational research at Prato Hospital in Tuscany, Italy. There he was involved in both preclinical research and reviews of the clinical management of breast cancer, including participating in updating guidelines for Breast Units across Europe. He now works as a full-time Medical Oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (public and private), and is involved in clinical trials.

Dr Anthony Dowling
Medical Oncologist
 

Dr Michael Guiney
Radiation Oncologist
Tel: (03) 09427 6500
 
Michael graduated from Melbourne University in 1979. He then undertook specialist training in Medical Oncology obtaining a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1986. Michael then undertook further oncology training at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (PMCI) receiving his Fellowship in Radiation Oncology in 1988. He was a staff Specialist at PMCI until 1998 during which time he was Head of the Gastroenterological Unit from 1992 to 1998.  Michael has subspecialty interests in the treatment of Neurological, Gastrointestinal and Breast malignancies. He is also actively involved in the IMRT program for treatment of prostate cancer at GenesisCare.

 

 


 Dr Michael Ng
Radiation Oncologist
Tel: (03) 09427 6500
 
Michael is an honours graduate of Monash University Medical School. He trained as a radiation oncology registrar at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and spent his fellowship year overseas at the Royal Marsden Hospital, United Kingdom. He then returned to Australia and worked as a staff specialist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in head and neck and gastrointestinal cancers.  
He has been a consultant radiation oncologist at GenesisCare since 2009. His special interests include the management of breast and prostate cancer and works at St Vincent's Hospital, Ringwood Private and Epping. 
He previously was chair of the EviQ radiotherapy subcommittee developing consensus radiotherapy guidelines for Australia ( www.eviQ.org) and now is on the Medical Services Advisory Evaluation Subcommittee (ESC) for the federal government department of health.


A/Prof Prue Hill
Pathologist
Tel: (03) 9231 4549
 

Dr Melissa Moore
Medical Oncologist
Tel: (03) 9231 2211
 

Fellow
Tel: via Switchboard (03) 9231 2211
 

Registrar
Tel: via Switchboard (03) 9231 2211
 

Ms Mary Anne Banting
Breast Care Nurse
Tel: (03) 9231 4743 
Email: BreastNurseCoOrdinator@svha.org.au
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Ms Georgina Christian
Breast Care Nurse
Tel: (03) 9231 4743 
Email: BreastNurseCoOrdinator@svha.org.au
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Referral Information

Please Note

We require referrals for breast conditions, benign and malignant. Physical examination and imaging results are to be included in the referral. This will assist with triage and facilitate the efficient management of patients.

We see patients at high risk of breast cancer as defined by the Cancer Australia guidelines on breast cancer - available through the website below. Specific referral guidelines are included.

Patients will not be accepted for imaging in the absence of a specific symptom.

 
Well women checks without a specific question will not be accepted.


If you have any concerns about referrals please contact the Breast Care Nurse on (03) 9231 4743.


Referral Forms and Guidelines

Resources

Clinic Times

  • Breast Clinic - Tuesday 2.00pm
  • Location: Cancer Centre
                    Building D - Daly Wing, Level 1
                    35 Victoria Parade
                    Fitzroy VIC 3065

Contact Us

GP Enquiries: 

Tel: (03) 9231 2898

Please FAX referral form to: (03) 9231 2017

Breast Care Nurse: 

Tel: (03) 9231 4743
Email:  BreastNurseCoOrdinator@svha.org.au


Health Pathways

HealthPathways Melbourne is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.

 

Please Note:
This is a public outpatient service. All patients need to be referred to us by a GP. Please see your GP if you believe you would benefit from a referral to this clinic. Many doctors have private consulting suites as well as working in the public hospital system. This is entirely separate from St Vincent’s and our staff do not have any information about the private consulting practices of doctors.