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Mr Paul Thiruchelvam BSc MD PhD FRCS
Consultant Breast & Reconstructive Surgeon
Imperial College Healthcare

Paul Thiruchelvam is a Consultant Breast and Reconstructive Surgeon at Imperial College NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Imperial College, London.  He graduated from Imperial College and undertook his surgical training in the breast units at Imperial College and The Royal Marsden. He was awarded his PhD in Molecular Oncology from Imperial College in 2010, under auspices from Professors Simak Ali, Laki Buluwela and Charles Coombes and won the 1st Joint clinical research fellowship in 2005 from the Royal College of Surgeons and Cancer Research:UK to fund his research

He has undertaken travelling fellowships to the MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering, UCLA, Columbia Medical, and University of Arkansas Cancer Centers, and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship, visiting the United States and Japan to observe the use of axillary reverse mapping (ARM) and Lymphatic Microsurgical Preventing Healing Approach (LYMPHA) in primary lymphoedema prevention.

He is actively involved in lymphedema prevention, surveillance and treatment and has spent time working with  Professor Francesco Boccardo in Genoa, Italy where the LYMPHA procedure was first described, he has set up the first prospective UK-LYMPHA trial.  As a member of the expert panel on breast cancer related lymphoedema, he was involved in drafting best practice guidelines for the American Society of Breast Surgeons and as head of the ABSGBI working group on breast cancer related lymphoedema he is working to promote and improve management of this condition in the UK & Ireland.