Our breast care team includes four surgeons, three breast physicians, three nurses, a psychologist and support staff.

 Your breast doctor will provide the highest standard in diagnosis and treatment of any breast problem you are experiencing.

Mr Wayne Jones. General, Breast & Oncology Surgeon

Qualifications:

  • University of Auckland - BHB 1984, MBChB 1988
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - FRACS 1997

 

Current Clinical Positions:

  • Director and Breast Surgeon, Breast Associates, since 2002
  • Director of Surgical Services Auckland District Health Board
  • General, Breast & Oncology Surgeon, Auckland Hospital
  • Visiting Surgeon, Mercy Ascot Hospital Visiting Surgeon, Auckland City Surgical Services

 

Professional Associations:

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member of BreastSurgANZ, RACS
  • Member of Endocrine Section, RACS
  • Member of Surgical Oncology Section, RACS
  • Member of Surgical Directors Section, RACS
  • Member New Zealand Association of General Surgeons
  • Member British Association of Surgical Oncology
  • Member Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group
  • Founding Member Auckland Breast Cancer Study Group
  • Instructor Early Management of Severe Trauma Course, RACS
  • Instructor CCrISP Course, RACS

 

Committee Memberships:

  • 2001 Chairman General Surgical Audit for Auckland Hospital (until 2005)
  • 2001 New Zealand committee of Board in General Surgery, RACS (until 2008)
  • 2004 Expert Working Party on Age Extension – BreastScreen Aotearoa for MoH
  • 2004 BreastScreen Aotearoa Surgeons Unidisciplinary Group (ongoing)
  • 2005 Auckland Regional RMO Vocational Training Committee (ongoing)
  • 2009 Auckland Regional Plastic Surgery Project – ADHB Representative (ongoing)

 

Current Research:

  • Microwave measurements of breast cancer.
  • Menstrual cycle and timing of breast cancer surgery.
  • IBCSG Adjuvant Letrozole Trial. Co-investigator.
  • Sentinel node excision in breast cancer, RACS SNAC trial.
  • Breast Mechanics Study with Biomedical Engineering, University of Auckland.

 

Wayne graduated from university and completed his fellowship training in Auckland before going on to complete post-fellowship training in the United Kingdom. He has been a consultant surgeon since 1998 and has held a number of directorships and positions at hospitals and clinics in Auckland. He is involved with a variety of committees and professional associations and contributes to furthering the understanding of cancer treatment through participation in research studies and trials.

Until recently he was the Clinical Director of General Surgery at Auckland Hospital. As the current Director of Surgical Services at Auckland District Health Board he is in charge of all the adult surgical departments at this hospital.

Outside of medicine, Wayne is a devoted family man and enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage children. Interests centre around contemporary art, travel, fine wine and food.

Dr Alexander Ng. General, Breast and Melanoma Surgeon

Qualifications:

  • University of Auckland – BHB 1988, MBChB 1991
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - FRACS 1998
  • Vocationally Registered in General Surgery, Medical Council of NZ
  • Clinical Fellowship Training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 1999-2000
  • Clinical Fellowship in Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncology at University of Toronto, Canada 2001-2002

 

Current Clinical Positions:

  • Director, Breast Associates
  • Consultant General, Trauma and Breast surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, since 2002
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery, University of Auckland, since 2002
  • Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncologist, Breast Associates, since 2003
  • Visiting Surgical Specialist, Ascot Hospital
  • Visiting Surgical Specialist, Southern Cross Brightside and Gillies Hospitals
  • Visiting Surgical Specialist, Auckland City Surgical Services

 

Speaking English and Cantonese, Dr Ng actively works with many international surgical, trauma and breast cancer associations. He remains involved in the ongoing research in both sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer and melanoma, and the cosmetic effects of radiation therapy following breast-conserving surgery. His research interests also extend to breast cancer in younger women, and breast screening in older women.

Ms Eletha Taylor. General, Melanoma and Breast Surgeon

Qualifications:

  • University of Auckland
    - BHB 1997
    - MBChB 2000
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    - FRACS (General Surgery) 2009
  • Vocationally Registered in General Surgery
  • Clinical Fellowship Training at Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia in Breast and Oncoplastic Surgery – 2010
  • Clinical Fellowship Training at the Melanoma Institute of Australia, Sydney, New South Wales in Melanoma Surgery – 2011

 

Current Clinical Positions:

  • Director and Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncologist, Breast Associates
  • Consultant General, Breast, Melanoma and Acute Care Surgeon, Auckland City Hospital

 

Other Positions:

  • Member of BreastSurgANZ
  • Member of New Zealand Association of General Surgeons
  • Member of Auckland Breast Cancer Study Group
  • Member of Northern Cancer Network – Breast Cancer Stream
  • Member of Australasian Society of Breast Disease
  • Intern Supervisor, Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Instructor CCrISP, RACS


Research Interests:

  • Cosmetic outcomes following breast conservation surgery – impact of and prediction tools.


Outside of medicine, Eletha is focused on her family and enjoys spending time with her young son. She enjoys regular pilates and is a keen cook. Other interests include opera, wine and the French language.

Dr Michael Puttick. General, Oncoplastic Breast, and Acute Care Surgeon

Qualifications:

  • Imperial College, University of London, UK. - BSc (Hons) 1995,MBBS (Hons) 1996, MD 2004
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England - MRCS 2003, FRCS (General Surgery) 2008, CCT In General Surgery (UK) 2010
  • Vocationally Registered in General Surgery
  • Higher Surgical Training Oxford Regional Training Scheme, UK 2003-2010
  • Clinical Fellowship Training at Auckland City Hospital in Breast and Oncoplastic Surgery 2011

 

Current Clinical Positions:

  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Breast Associates
  • Consultant General, Oncoplastic Breast, and Acute Care Surgeon, Auckland City Hospital

 

Michael Is a General Surgeon with special interests in Breast Surgery and Emergency General Surgery. After qualifying in London, he spent 2 years doing full-time research with Professor The Lord Ara Darzi. After further training, fellowships and posts held in various countries, Michael is delighted to have returned to New Zealand as a specialist at Auckland City Hospital in a role combining his main interests. He is married to Sarah, an anesthetist and has 4 children. The family enjoys the great outdoors and all that New Zealand has to offer.

Dr Rachael Flanagan. Breast and General Surgeon

Qualifications:

  • University of Auckland- BSc 1997, BHB 1999, MBChB 2003
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – FRACS 2014
  • Vocationally registered in General Surgery, Medical Council of NZ
  • NZ Breast Cancer Foundation Research Fellowship 2015
  • Clinical Fellowship Training in Breast & Oncoplastic Surgery at Auckland City Hospital 2016

 

 

Current Clinical Position:

Breast Surgeon, Breast Associates

 

Current Research Interests:

  • Role of Modifiable Lifestyle Factors in Breast Cancer Outcomes
  • Rates of Breast Cancer Survival in NZ relative to Australia

 

Rachael is a NZ trained General Surgeon, who has further specialised in Breast Surgery. Her overseas experience includes time assisting with research at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her interests cover the full spectrum of breast problems, and she is  undertaking a large scale research project for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

She currently works at Breast Associates and occasionally as a locum in the General Surgical Department at Auckland City Hospital. When not at work, Rachael enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.

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