A Consultant Breast and Endocrine Surgeon specializing in oncoplastic breast surgery (breast cancer, reconstruction and cosmetic breast surgery) and also has an extensive endocrine practice, operating on thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions.
Mr Simon Smith BSc MS FRCS FRCS(Gen Surg) is a Consultant General Surgeon who specialises in breast and endocrine surgery. He is an ‘Oncoplastic’ Breast Surgeon performing not only resectional breast surgery for breast cancer, but also many reconstructive and cosmetic breast procedures.
Mr Smith currently practices at the NHS Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, and Ramsay Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
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Mr Smith is the Clinical Lead for Chelmsford Breast Unit, which currently sees more than 3000 new referrals per year, and treats nearly 400 new diagnoses of breast cancer per year.
Additionally he is an endocrine surgeon managing a wide range of thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions, including being part of the Essex Thyroid Cancer Centre hosted at Broomfield Hospital.
He is Lead Cancer Clinician and Mid Essex Hospitals Trust, and has in the past held the position of Asssociate Medical Director of the hospital (2011 – 2013).
In the private sector, he works at Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford, and is also Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at Baddow Hospital in Chelmsford.
Mr Smith qualified from St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in 1993, and remained in and around West London for the majority of his postgraduate training. He is a fully accredited general surgeon, and won the Association of Surgeons Gold Medal for top position in the UK in the Intercollegiate Surgical Board Examinations in general and breast surgery.
Mr Smith trained in breast surgery at several breast units, including St. Mary’s, Hillingdon, Colchester and Chelmsford. Training in reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery was gained at St. Mary’s, and subsequently on the National Oncoplastic Fellowship hosted at Colchester & St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
Mr Smith underwent endocrine surgery training at St. Mary’s, London and as Senior Registrar at Hammersmith Hospital; the largest endocrine surgical centre in the UK.
Mr Smith worked under Professor Ara Darzi for two years doing research into assessment, training and accreditation of technical skills in surgery, and was awarded a Master of Surgery Degree from the University of London for his research. He currently is very active in Breast Cancer Research at Broomfield Hospital, and is Principal Investigator in many NCRN approved trials.
As well as undertaking a full ‘General Surgical’ workload, including a full role in the General Surgical On Call Rota at Broomfield, Mr Smith's specialist interests are:
- Diagnostic / screening
- Breast cancer surgery
- Cosmetic breast surgery
- Diseases of the male breast medical & surgical treatment (gynaecomastia / ‘manboobs’)
- Breast reconstruction
Immediate and delayed breast reconstruction
in association with mastectomy, or partial reconstruction following
cosmetically unfavourable breast conserving surgery, can be a complex matter.
Mr Smith's particular interests lie in
improving the cosmetic outcome of surgery for breast cancer. Methods to achieve
this include partial and total breast reconstruction, novel techniques such as
therapeutic mammoplasty (breast reduction surgery for breast cancer treatment)
Whilst Mr Smith performs most of
these techniques himself, he also has a close working relationship with the
microvascular plastic surgeons at St Andrew’s, Broomfield, which allows a full
range of techniques to be offered to patients, dependant on choice /
suitability. This close multidisciplinary team offers patients access to the
latest most advanced techniques where suitable.
Hernia Repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, skin lesions, lumps & bumps, emergency laparotomy etc
Number of key operations performed
Breast Cancer Wide Local Excision /
Sentinel Node Biopsy/ Axillary Clearance – 140
Breast Cancer mastectomy / Sentinel Node
Biopsy / Axillary Clearance – 50
Breast Reconstruction – Latissimus Dorsi
Flap / Autologous Latissimus Dorsi Flap – 20
Breast Reconstruction – DIEP flap (with
microvascular surgeons) - 25
Breast Reduction for Cancer (Therapeutic
Thyroidectomy – 20
Parathyroidectomy – 20
Hernia Repair - 40
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