Professor Michael Douek

Professor Michael Douek

Honorary Secretary

Professor Michael Douek is Rosetrees RCS Director of the Surgical Interventional Trials Unit and Professor of Surgical Sciences & Breast Cancer at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford. He has been a member of BASO since 1998 and served on BASO Council as an Ordinary Member since 2011 and as Meetings Secretary from 2015 to 2020. His commitment to surgical oncology is longstanding and strong. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery at UCL / UCLH in 2003, joining the only surgical oncology firm in the UK under the leadership of Professor Irving Taylor (Past-President of BASO, ESSO and Editor-in-Chief of EJSO). In 2009, he moved to King's College London / Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals where he was Professor of Surgical Oncology.

Professor Douek graduated from the University of Dundee (Scotland) and trained in surgery in London, Oxford and Cambridge. He obtained his MD from the University of London in 2000. In 2003, he was awarded a prestigious Health Foundation Clinician Scientist grant by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, funding his joint Senior Lecturer and Consultant post in breast and general surgery at University College London.

Professor Douek is a breast cancer surgeon and surgical oncologist with a special interest in novel techniques for cancer surgery and in breast reconstruction. He was awarded a Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2015 and became Research Professor in 2019. He is chief investigator of a number of trials evaluating a magnetic technique for sentinel node biopsy, which he pioneered. These include National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trials in breast cancer (SentiMAG Multicentre Trial, MagSNOLL Trial) and in melanoma surgery (MELAMAG Multicentre Trial). He setup the first prospective trial of implant breast reconstruction with acellular dermal matrix (ADM), the POBRAD Trial. He is also one of the pioneers of intra-operative radiotherapy (IORT) for breast cancer.

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