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'Ethnicity and breast cancer: an overview'



Dr Toral GathaniDr Toral Gathani 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 Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.   She was appointed to a Senior Research Fellowship at Green Templeton College in 2019.

Nationally, she serves as a core committee member for the Clinical Advisory Panel and the Early Diagnosis Advisory Group for Cancer Research UK.  For the University, she is a member of the Executive Board for the India-Oxford Initiative and the Project Board for the Global Challenges Research Fund.

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 appointed to a National Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship at the Nottingham Breast Institute in 2011.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Surgical Education from Imperial College London.

Toral was a research fellow in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in Oxford in 2003-2006 where she undertook the research for her MD thesis. She continued to develop her interest in epidemiology during her specialist surgical training and has 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. 

She is the lead principle investigator on several research projects in the UK and in India. This portfolio of work is focused on her main interests which are 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.   


Chair: Professor Freddie Hamdy

All members of the University and NHS clinical staff are welcome.


Please email Louise King if you would like to attend.