The 2016-17 London Presidential Lecture took place on Monday 20th February 2017.
Miss Jo Franks FRCS addressed the Association in a talk entitled “Evolution if not revolution in breast cancer management”.
Miss Franks qualified from Imperial College with honours. She took a year out to complete research, funded by the Medical Research Council, which resulted in a first class BSc in pathology with basic medical science. During her Higher Surgical Training she had a National Training Number with the London Deanery and spent the latter part of her training in the Oncoplastic Breast Unit and Macmillan Cancer Centre at UCLH.
As the clinical lead of the breast team at UCLH she regularly sees and treats patients who present to the symptomatic clinic as well as those who have been recalled through the NHS breast screening programme. She sees patients who have been identified as gene carriers or come from the family history clinic and are felt to be high risk for developing breast cancer. Her interests include breast conservation using oncoplastic techniques as well as immediate reconstruction where a mastectomy is necessary.
Miss Franks has an interest in assessment and training and completed an MSc in Medical Education. She standard-sets for University College London and the Royal Free Hospital Medical School and is a regular examiner. She works with the General Medical Council item-writing and standard- setting as part of Fitness to Practice and is one of their Medical Assessors.