Our Breast & Endocrine Surgeons in North Lakes
Breast and Endocrine surgeons specialise in treating problems with both the male and female breasts, such as tumours and malignancies, as well as disorders of the endocrine system including cancer of the thyroid. They also perform breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy is performed.
Generally, a breast and endocrine surgeon works in collaboration with a team of endocrinologists, pathologists, radiologists, oncologists and nuclear medicine practitioners to determine the best course of treatment for the individual patient.
A family doctor would refer the patient to an oncologist if the patient is presenting a condition that appears to be a malignancy or tumour. The oncologist would then consult with the team, including the breast and endocrine surgeon, to plan a course of treatment.
After surgery is performed by the breast and endocrine surgeon, the oncologist would continue the post-surgery phase of the treatment plan in cooperation with the pathologist, radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist.
Breast and Endocrine Surgeons in Australia
All breast and endocrine surgeons in Australia should be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This is a governing body for health care practitioners in Australia which can assure the patient of the credentials of the surgeon to practice medicine.
Dr Melinda Cook
Dr Melinda Cook is a General Surgeon specialising in breast and endocrine surgery. Dr Cook has special interests in benign and malignant breast disease, sentinel node biopsy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy and options for immediate breast reconstruction.
Dr Mara Clarson
Dr Mara Clarson is a General Surgeon with a strong interest in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, trauma and advanced laparoscopic surgery. Having completed medical school at the University of Queensland in 2003, Dr Clarson was quickly accepted onto the Advanced Surgical Training program with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. She undertook her specialty surgical training in Queensland, predominantly at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital