Training

Professor Jerome Pereira_Advisory_committee_BreastGlobal
Professor Jerome Pereira

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Surgery and Programme Director for Specialist Mastership Programmes in Surgery at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.Lead for Training, Mentorship and Quality Assurance of Programs at BreastGlobal

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Surgery.  UK and International trainer for Consultants and Surgical Trainees on Oncoplastic surgery and breast reconstruction for many years and a teacher in the Department of Education at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  Convenor and Trainer for Surgical masterclasses in breast surgery worldwide. He was the first consultant general surgeon in the East of England to provide a full range of breast reconstruction operations. Lead surgeon, instrumental in developing and delivering the UK National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit Programme. This is the first national study in the world looking at outcomes of breast cancer surgery, leading to the publication of “Best practice national guidelines for Oncoplastic breast surgery” (2012). Founder and Course Director for award winning Masterships in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery (2011 – 2018), University of East Anglia, the highest specialist qualification in the UK for breast surgery.

Programme Director for multiple Specialist e-Learning Mastership Programmes at the University of East Anglia, Norwich:-  MS Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, MCh Breast Oncoplasty, MCh Coloproctology, MSc Regional Anaesthesia, and Post-graduate Diplomas in Aesthetic Breast Surgery and Onco Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast, currently recruiting candidates from over 40 countries.  MCh Breast Oncoplasty has been widely adopted in India and the South East Asian countries. Programme Director for multiple blended learning courses in nursing, midwifery and specialist nursing, for programmes commissioned by Norfolk & Waveney Healthcare Partnership. Leading innovation in development of online technical and surgical training, using the latest technology including 360D and 2D high-definition filming for medical students, doctors and nurses.

Founder member of Norwich Medical School, established undergraduate training programme at the James Paget Hospital leading to University hospital status for the Trust. Director of Health Education England commissioned award winning blended education programmes for delivering ISCP emergency surgery curriculum (2016 – 2019). Member of MED Teaching Executive Committee, Norwich Medical School. As Bernard Sunley Research Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, pioneered a peripheral nerve reconstruction technique for restoring of protective sensation in Leprosy. Examiner for the European Breast Specialist Examination Board (EBSQ), MD and MSc degree programmes. Ex-Member of the Editorial Board of the “European Journal of Surgical Oncology” and author of multiple peer reviewed publications in breast, peripheral nerve reconstruction surgery and surgical audit. Invited National and International speaker delivering over 200-lectures including key-note addresses. Member of the International Forum of the Association of Breast Surgery, UK, involved in providing Oncoplastic surgery training for the African continent.  Leading and developing strategies for NHS workforce planning and NHS Improvements with East of England, Health Education England (HEE).

Dr. Jerome Periera and Dr. CB Koppiker have been collaborating to develop Breast Oncoplasty Training Programs in Asia since 2017. Starting with organizing hands-on workshops, symposia and conferences, this collaboration has evolved into formal establishment of a 3-year M.Ch. Degree Program jointly organized by Prashanti Cancer Care Mission and University of East Anglia, UK in 2017. Prashanti Cancer Care Mission has formed a highly successful partnership with UEA to establish this programme in Asia and has already recruited over 65 surgeons from India, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.

CHRISTOS J. MARKOPOULOS_Advisory_committee_BreastGlobal
Professor Christos J. Markopoulos

Professor of Surgery, Medical School
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Greece
Co-Lead for Training, Mentorship and Quality Assurance of Programs at BreastGlobal

Prof. Markopoulos qualified from Athens University Medical School in 1979 and he specialized in General Surgery (1985). He received his PhD from Athens University in 1985 and holds an MPhil degree in Oncology–Breast Cancer from St. George’s Medical School, University of London - UK (1988). He has worked as a Senior Registrar in surgery at the Breast Unit of St. George’s Hospital and Medical School and at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London (1985-1988). He has also worked as research fellow at Ludwing Institute for Cancer Research at Sutton - Surrey, UK (1986-7). He is the current President of the UEMS -Division of Breast Surgery and head of the examination board of the EBSQ in Breast Surgery exams (2016-2021). He has been an elected member of the European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists (EUSOMA) Executive Committee (2010 -2016) and he is a member of several medical associations and societies including the UK Association of Breast Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons (ABS), American College of Breast Surgeons (ACBS) and the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO).
He is the founder of the Hellenic Society of Breast Surgeons (HSBS 2000), which also served as President from 2000 to 2016, when he resigned to focus on UEMS-Division of Breast Surgery, and he was the head of the education, training and clinical trials section of the society. He is also the head professor of the elective course on “Breast Disease and Cancer” for the students of the final year in the Medical School of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. Professor Markopoulos is national coordinator and PI in a number of international and national research projects and clinical trials and has published over 350 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international and Greek medical journals with more than 7,500 citations by other authors and a current h-index of 41 and i10-index of 124. He has also authored (4) and edited (17) several books on breast disease and cancer, including the “European textbook of Breast Cancer management for Surgeons” (Springer 2018), official book of the EBSQ exams in Breast Surgery.
He is President of the scientific committee in two Greek Breast Cancer advocacy groups and Europa Donna Hellas. He has organized a large number of national and international postgraduate courses and meetings on breast cancer over the last 30 years, including the 2-days October’s meeting on the “Advances in Breast Cancer Management” he organizes annually since 1996, and he has lectured extensively as an invited speaker at national and international congresses. He is recipient of a number of scientific awards during congresses and honorary awards for his work with breast cancer patients.

BreastGlobal is committed to enhancing the quality of breast surgical training across the globe. Despite breast cancer being the most cancer in the world to affect women, Breast Surgery as a vertical sub-specialty has not gained universal traction… Consequently, general surgical specialists with no structured specialist training in this discipline treat patients. There can be no doubt that the harmonisation of training in routine and specialist oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery will positively impact patient-related outcomes.

BreastGlobal acknowledges that the training needs of surgeons in different parts of the world are not the same; that is why we are pioneering a novel approach to provide needs-based training modules. To deliver these modules, our research team will identify gaps in breast cancer care provision through a structured analysis of data accrued from the collaborative efforts of our team of global leaders and partner societies from across the world. Once we have identified these gaps in knowledge and expertise, our team of international key opinion leaders will deliver region-specific, tailored online educational programmes.

The training of existing and trainee surgeons in breast cancer surgery and allied specialities will be a key driver in delivering equitable breast cancer care world-wide. Our platform has the unique ability to provide massive online open courses (MOOCs). Through this digital platform, we will provide training in various related subjects ranging from basic training in breast cancer surgical techniques to adopting technologies. Proficiency certificates will be awarded to surgeons that undertake these courses and successfully complete the training modules.

Prof. Jerome Pereira and Prof. Christos Markopoulos, both highly accomplished academics and world-renowned for designing examinations in breast surgical specialisation, will be leading our training programme to ensure that the educational content and competency assessments are of the highest standard.