Dr Reena Ramsaroop
Reena is a specialist Histocytopathologist at the Waitemata DHB. Reena graduated from the University of Natal Medical School as a Fellow of the College of Pathologists (South Africa). In 1996 she immigrated to New Zealand and, since her arrival, has been an intrinsic part of the New Zealand breast cancer specialist medical field. Reena has contributed to the BreastScreen Advisory Group, Auckland Breast Cancer Study Group, Breast Screen Limited (Auckland Central) and the NZ Society of Cytology. In 2013 she was appointed a member of the NZ Order of Merit in recognition of her services as a histocytopathologist.
Dr Ronald Kay
Breast surgeon, retired
Ron has an MBChb (University of Otago) and is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has been a trustee of BCFNZ for 15 years. As an inaugural trustee, Ron was a passionate advocate of the breast cancer awareness role of the Foundation and of that early detection saves lives. He established and chaired the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Committee for the first six years. He was also a founding member of the Auckland Breast Cancer Study group that developed the Auckland Regional Breast Cancer Patient Register.
Dr Bridget Robinson
Bridget has held a joint appointment at the University of Otago and the CDHB since 1998, and in 2010 was appointed to the Mackenzie Chair in Cancer Medicine. She initiated and directs the Cancer Society Tissue Bank to support research and has been a leader of the Breast Cancer Register development in Christchurch. She also chairs the Canterbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre which links clinicians, scientists, patients, NGOs and the community.
Dr Maria Pearse
Consultant radiation oncologist
Maria trained at the University of Otago’s Medical School and currently works as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at both Auckland City Hospital and Auckland Radiation Oncology. She has been a Fellow of The Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and has completed a Clinical Fellowship at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre in Canada.
Dr Claire Hardie
Claire began studying medicine in Edinburgh and qualified as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist in 2007. She immigrated to New Zealand to begin working as a Radiation Oncologist in Palmerston North and has since become heavily involved in New Zealand medicine. She has professional links to the NZ Breast Cancer Special Interest Group, the NZ Breast Cancer Tumour Standards Working Group, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and Massey University.
Dr Richard Harman
Richard completed his surgical training in Auckland then undertook fellowship positions at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney) and the Mayo Clinic (USA). Over the last 10 years he has developed the Breast Clinic at North Shore Hospital and treated over 1000 women with breast cancer in the public and private sectors. He is also the lead surgeon for BreastScreen Waitemata Northland and an active member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Breast Section.
Dr Madeleine Wall
Madeleine is the first Wellington-based member of BCFNZ’s medical advisory committee. She is the co-clinical director of BreastScreen Central, which provides BreastScreen Aotearoa’s screening service in the Wellington region. She works as a radiologist at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals.
Dr Reuben Broom
Reuben graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has completed a clinical research fellowship at Princess Margaret Hospital in Canada. Reuben consults and treats at Auckland City and North Shore Hospitals as well as Canopy Care Centre. He is also an honorary senior lecturer in oncology at the University of Auckland.
Dr Eletha Taylor
Breast Surgical Oncologist
Eletha did her medical degree at the University of Auckland and completed her surgical training in New Zealand. That was followed by a fellowship in oncoplastic breast surgery at Royal Perth Hospital, under the supervision of top surgeon Christobel Saunders. Eletha also completed fellowships at the Melanoma Institute of Australia, and back here in Auckland City Hospital. She is now head of the breast surgery unit at Auckland City Hospital.
Dr Meredith Simcock
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Meredith holds a consultant Plastic Surgeon position at Middlemore Hospital. She is one of only a handful of female Plastic Surgeons in New Zealand, and the only one in Private Practice in Auckland and Gisborne. She is fully New Zealand trained and covers all aspects of breast reconstructive options in the private sector.
Dr Belinda Scott
Breast and general surgeon, retired
Belinda graduated from the Otago Medical School and specialised in Auckland as a breast and general surgeon. In 1997 she established Breast Associates, a private breast clinic in Auckland. Belinda has played a vital role in the New Zealand arm of the sentinel node biopsy clinical study, which has now become the standard practice in breast tumour diagnosis. Belinda was the chair of BCFNZ’s Medical Committee for seven years and remains an active member of the committee.
Lead Radiologist at Hutt Valley District Health Board
Monica completed her radiology training in the U.S. at the University of Wisconsin and an additional fellowship in women’s imaging from the University of Washington. She has over 10 years of patient care experience and was the chairman of the cancer committee and chief of breast imaging at Santa Fe Imaging / Christus St Vincent Hospital in the southwestern U.S. from 2008 to 2016. In 2015, she became a medical advisor for GE Healthcare and consultant for ProScan Imaging, as well as research advisor for World Care Clinical. By 2016, she was appointed Medical Director of Automated Breast Ultrasound Systems, GE Healthcare. Globally, she worked on early detection of breast cancer, breast cancer research, and international physician education for breast imaging technologies.
Monica and her family relocated to New Zealand in 2017. Monica works as the lead radiologist at Hutt Valley District Health Board in Wellington where she evaluates patients. She is the medical advisor for Volpara Health Technologies where she implements hands-on expertise in research and product development.