The team is multidisciplinary and are all present in the same location for the weekly Breast Health Clinic. The team is made up of breast physicians, breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, a McGrath breast care nurse, and dedicated breast radiologists and pathologists from our allied diagnostic service providers Macquarie Medical Imaging and Douglass Hanley Moir.
Dr Katrina Tiller – Breast Physician
Dr Katrina Tiller has provided comprehensive general practice care in the North Ryde area for many years. As women’s health has always been a large part of her clinical practice, and an area of special interest, she undertook Breast Physician training at Sydney Breast Clinic from 2012. Katrina enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes radiologists, breast surgeons, radiographers and nurses to provide specialised care for women with breast concerns. As Katrina understands first-hand the vast amount of information GPs need to assimilate, she is able to help GPs negotiate the best management plan for an individual patient.
After graduating from the University of New South Wales, Katrina completed her internship and residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1995 after completing a Diploma in Obstetrics at Blacktown Hospital and general practice terms in south-western Sydney.
Dr Karen Shaw – Breast Surgeon
Dr Karen Shaw is a Breast and General Surgeon who obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2015. She has a special interest in breast surgery for both benign and malignant conditions. Karen is passionate about providing high-quality care to breast cancer patients together with multidisciplinary team members. She is committed to effective communication with a patient and their caring team – including their GP – to optimise health outcomes. Karen completed her Bachelor Medicine and Surgery, Master of Surgery and Graduate Certificate in Breast Surgery at the University of Sydney. Her Clinical Fellowships include being a BSANZ Fellow at Concord Hospital in 2017 and the Concord Clinical Surgical Superintendent in 2018, where she gained valuable experience in clinical care, governance, training and teaching.
Ms Eva Wilson – Mammographer
Eva Wilson has been a prominent figure in mammography for nearly 25 years. In 1988 she helped establish the first-ever breast screening program in Australia, which led to the National Breast Screen Program. She has also helped establish the breast screen program in New Zealand and Otago University’s mammography course. Eva has carried out numerous mammography and stereotactic biopsy training programs around Australia and internationally, and she is the co-author of the mammography positioning book Mammography Today. She has presented in many conferences both nationally and internationally and was the national mammography tutor for BreastScreen.
Dr Ken Ho – Breast Radiologist
Dr Ken Ho is a graduate from the University of New South Wales. He obtained his Radiology Fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and then undertook further training in Breast Imaging at Royal North Shore Hospital. Ken was awarded Best Poster Prize for his presentation ‘Review of Fat Necrosis Cases in Patients Recalled from a Breast Screening Program’ at the Australasian Society for Breast Disease Scientific Conference in 2007. Ken had been appointed Visiting Medical Officer with BreastScreen Sydney Local Health District since 2009. He had been a radiologist with Macquarie Medical Imaging since its opening in 2010.
Dr Andrew Varnava – Breast Radiologist
Dr Andrew Varnava is a graduate of Sydney University and obtained his Radiology Fellowship at Westmead Hospital. He then became a Visiting Medical Officer at Central Sydney (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) BreastScreen in 1992 and at Northern Sydney Central Coast (Royal North Shore Hospital) BreastScreen in 1997. Andrew is currently a radiologist at Macquarie Medical Imaging as well as a Visiting Medical Officer at BreastScreen Sydney Local Health District and Northern Sydney Central Coast Local Health District. Andrew first developed an interest in breast imaging while on registrar rotation to Rachel Forster Hospital where the inaugural BreastScreen program was based. He studied mammography under the supervision of Dr Mary Rickard and was fortunate to also be tutored by Dr Laslo Tabar who visited the program in these early days. Andrew was given the Schering Award for his presentation ‘Biopsy of Breast Microcalcification’ at the RANZCR Meeting in 1990.
Ms Ruth Cho – McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Ruth Cho is the McGrath Breast Care Nurse, a leadership role in care coordination that facilitates optimal health outcomes for breast cancer patients at Macquarie University Hospital and across Australia. Ruth has been a registered nurse since 2008. She has extensive experience with caring for surgical patients and has worked in this area clinically as well as in an education and management role. Ruth’s main interest lies with the surgical breast cancer patients and has a Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing. Ruth is passionate about the patient and family experience and helping to make their complex hospital and cancer journey as comfortable as possible.
Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan – Breast Pathologist
Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan is an anatomical pathologist with expertise in breast disease and the Service Director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in Sydney. She joined Douglass Hanly Moir in November 2016, after working as a senior staff specialist in tissue pathology and diagnostic oncology at Pathology West. She is also the Designated/Lead Pathologist and the Director for BreastScreen, Sydney West; a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney; and Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Western Sydney. Nirmala is the recipient of and principal investigator on a number of grant-funded projects and is an executive committee member of the Australian Breast Cancer Tumour Bank. She is a member of NBOCC Sentinel Node Biopsy Subgroup and helped develop recommendations for use of Sentinel Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer. Nirmala has been a steering committee member in the development and presentation of breast cancer workshops, aimed at improving the quality of breast cancer pathology and HER2 testing in several countries across the Asia Pacific Region. She sits on the Executive Committee for the Australasian Society for Breast Diseases and is a National Clinical Advisory Board Member for BreastScreen Australia. Her primary research interests are in HER2 testing, prognostic markers in ER-positive breast cancer and borderline/atypical lesions of the breast.
- Mustafa Ozluk – Project Manager, Integrated Healthcare Clinics
- Joanne McShane – Practice Manager
- Samantha Guest – Practice Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
- Rachel Shine – Practice Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
- Asa Fredricksson – Practice Receptionist and Administrative Assistant