Sanjay is a dedicated and compassionate Consultant Breast Oncology and Oncoplastic Surgeon at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred and Mater Hospitals. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at BreastScreen NSW.
Sanjay is an Associate Professor of the University of Sydney with the Royal Prince Alfred Academic Institute. He is lead researcher at the Institute with goals of developing and creating a culture of academia within the Breast Department.
Sanjay completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of New South Wales in 2002. Following this, he undertook general surgical training at the Prince of Wales Hospital Network where he had a broad exposure to oncology surgery. Sanjay’s post fellowship training has been extensive with three and a half years of training in breast surgery. As part of this, Sanjay spent one and a half years at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women within the Breast Surgical Oncology Unit. He was then based for two years at the Oncoplastic Breast Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, consolidating surgical techniques in both an oncological and reconstructive setting.
Sanjay is a committed researcher in breast cancer medicine and surgery and within the last 12 months has presented at eight national and international conferences including the San Antonio Breast Symposium and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). In 2013, Sanjay’s work on Hedgehog signaling, in collaboration with the Garvan Institute, won the Patron’s Prize at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for best scientific research. Sanjay has also published many papers and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals and magazines.
Sanjay is passionate about patient care, teaching and research and is the current Chairman of Post-Fellowship Training for BreastSurgANZ, a role that involves training future breast surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.as well as the current Site Director of Surgical Training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Current Teaching Positions
- Chairman, Post-Fellowship Training, BreastSurgANZ
- Site Director of Surgical Training, RPAH
Read A/Prof Warrier’s blog here: http://www.drsanjaywarrier.com.au/news-blogs
Q&A with Assoc Prof Sanjay Warrier
What is your title?
Associate Professor, University of Sydney, BSc (Med) MBBS FRACS MS
What training have you completed?
I completed my undergraduate medical training at the University of New South Wales in 2002. Following this, I undertook general surgical training at the Prince of Wales Hospital Network. My post fellowship training was extensive with three and a half years of training in breast surgery. As part of this, I spent one and a half years at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women within the Breast Surgical Oncology Unit and was then based for two years at the Oncoplastic Breast Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
My first job was…
At my parents’ medical practice in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, assisting with Reception. It was my first exposure to patients’ needs.
To explain to people what I do I say…
Helping breast cancer patients navigate the best treatment pathways.
What is the hardest part about your job?
Having the conversations to assist people to face up to potentially life-changing surgery, and helping them understand their options at such a difficult time.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It is difficult to pinpoint one specific part of my job. I love both the surgical aspect of helping patients with oncology, but also the reconstruction side. The best moments are when I can tell patients they are now cancer free.
What attracted you to working at Lifehouse?
Lifehouse has an amazing vision, coordinating so many healing practices under the one roof, giving my patients access to everything they need to help them along their cancer journey.
My biggest achievement so far…
Personally, having a lovely 5 year old son which is incredibly rewarding. Professionally, being able to successfully coordinate a change in the role of future surgeons by helping shape the Masters’ program at the University of Sydney.
To unwind at the end of the day I…
I love to spend time with my young son – and I love playing tennis.
Can you describe the role you play in people’s cancer journey?
A positive role at the coalface of patients’ treatment – we have to be able to explain their diagnosis, give them options and lead them towards healing.
Why did you choose this field of work?
When I was a registrar, I met a patient in the early stages of breast cancer. Initially it was confronting, but then I observed her overcome the challenges that were placed in front of her and I found this very rewarding as I saw her get ready to fight, and live on and not give up. That was the moment that I decided to choose this field of work.
Do you work in an interdisciplinary team, and how does this help your part in treatment?
Yes. The more opinions the better in helping each patient. The multidisciplinary team approach works well to give the patient the very best outcomes.
Can you tell us about a particular patient who has had an impact on you?
A young patient with breast cancer – she showed so much courage through her surgery, then chemo and radiation therapy. Throughout her whole journey she managed to keep her unique personality – she is now back to enjoying life and really living.