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Toral Gathani

MD MEd MBBS (Hons) BSc (Hons) FRCS (England)

Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology and Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Toral is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology based in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit of the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford  and a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon and the Lead Clinician for the Breast Cancer MDT at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 2019 she was elected to a Senior  Research Fellowship at Green Templeton College.

She is an elected member of the British Breast Group and an invited member of the National Clinical Advisory Group for Cancer Research UK. In 2018 she was selected as one of the Expert Women at the BBC through open national competition.

She studied Medicine at the University of St Andrews and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School graduating in 1999 with Honours. She obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010 and subspecialised in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. She was awarded a National Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship at the Nottingham Breast Institute in 2011. She holds a Masters Degree in Surgical Education from Imperial College London.

Toral was a research fellow in Oxford in 2003-2006 where she undertook the research for her MD thesis under the supervision of Dame Professor Valerie Beral. She continued to develop her interest in epidemiology during her specialist surgical training and has also spent significant time working in India in both a research and clinical capacity. She is a past recipient of a British Medical Association Humanitarian Award for public health related work in Assam, India. Currently she is the lead PI for a research project on non-communicable disease in rural India which has been awarded a grant from the HEFCE Global Challenges Research Fund in 2018.

Her main research interests are in the epidemiology, outcomes and experiences of breast cancer in women of different ethnicities in the UK and of non-communicable disease in general, and breast cancer in particular, as a global health concern.

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