Mr Justin James
MBBS, MS & DNB (Gen surgery), FRCS Ed, FRACS, MS (Breast surgery)
Breast and endocrine surgeon
Mr. James is a specialist breast endocrine and general surgeon with expertise in the management of benign and malignant breast diseases, thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and common general surgical conditions. He is highly skilled in oncoplastic breast surgery where plastic surgical principles and techniques are used in the excision of breast cancers for enhanced cosmetic outcome, better clearance of the disease, and ultimately better patient satisfaction. He is skilled in efficiently managing benign and malignant thyroid and parathyroid diseases using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible. His breast, endocrine, and general surgical practice is enhanced by his skills and expertise in clinician-performed ultrasound and his passion for academic excellence. He is passionate about individualised care for his patients by working as part of a multidisciplinary team of specialists.
Mr. James completed his basic medical education and general surgical training in India obtaining Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery (MBBS), MS General Surgery, Diplomate of the National Board in General Surgery, and Fellowship of Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Ed).
He completed his specialist general surgical training in Monash Health and obtained Fellowship of Royal Australasian college of surgeons (FRACS) in 2014. He obtained his post fellowship breast and endocrine surgery training in the following years at Monash Health, Royal Perth Hospital, Eastern Health (Melbourne), and Robina Hospital (Gold Coast) finishing in the year 2017. He completed his Master of Surgery (breast surgery) during this time in Sydney University. He completed his training in the use of ultrasound in breast and endocrine surgery practice and obtained Certificate in clinician performed Ultrasound (CCPU) in 2019.
Since the completion of his training, Mr James works as a locum consultant breast, endocrine, and general surgeon at Eastern Health in Melbourne where the majority of his work is in oncoplastic breast surgery and endocrine surgery. He is a surgical member of Maroondah Breast screen since 2018. He also works as a consulting practitioner at Monash Breast Clinic. He is a member of a general surgical team providing acute general surgery at Box Hill Hospital.
He has been a member of the Section of Academic Surgery of RACS since 2016 and has actively participated in clinical research, with publications in a number of international peer-reviewed journals. His current research interests include ‘role of staging investigations in early breast cancers’ and ‘relation of surgeon-perceived cosmetic outcome and patient-perceived quality of life after breast-conserving surgery’. He is active in clinical teaching with a current honorary appointment as a teaching associate at Monash University.
Breast care nurse specialist
Mary-Anne has had extensive experience in both the clinical management of breast cancer and professional and community education of breast health.
Since completing her Registered Nursing training at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne in October 1980, Mary-Anne has worked extensively in the area of oncology at both Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Maroondah Hospital. Mary-Anne started at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 1982 and worked there till 1990 except for a year when she worked at the Mercy Maternity. Mary-Anne then joined Maroondah Breast Clinic in October 1990. At that time, there was no such thing as a breast care nurse, and the title was nurse advisor, with education largely around Breast Self-Examination. Mary-Anne completed a Graduate Diploma in Community Health in 1991–1993. Maroondah Hospital was successful in obtaining the BreastScreen programme in Eastern Melbourne in late 1993, and Mary-Anne then moved to Maroondah BreastScreen as the first community educator from 1994 to 1997, working extensively with General Practitioners and the Divisions of General Practice.
Mary-Anne then worked from 1997 to 1999 on the Monash Co-ordinated Care Trial, working with GPs on care coordination and care plans, prior to the implementation of Enhanced Primary Care plans. Mary-Anne gave birth to identical twin boys in 1999, and then she returned to Maroondah BreastScreen from 2000 to 2008 as a community educator and BCN.
Mary-Anne returned back to Maroondah Breast Clinic in 2008 where she is actively involved with the Survivorship pilot project.