Mr Paul Thiruchelvam

Mr Paul Thiruchelvam

Consultant Breast and Reconstructive Surgeon

QualificationsBSc FRCS PhD (2000 MBBS FRCS 2014 PhD 2010)

Main NHS base:

  • Imperial College

Member of:

  • Association of Breast Surgeons
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American Association Cancer Research

Clinical interests:

  • Personalised Breast Screening
  • Family History Breast Cancer
  • Complex Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Partial and whole breast reconstruction
  • Chest wall perforator fall reconstruction
  • Lymphoedema Surveillance
  • Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema Prevention (LYMPHA/Axillary Reverse Mapping)
  • Benign Breast Disease Breast Diagnostics (One-stop breast clinic)

Fees, Training & Background:

Paul is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Imperial College NHS Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Imperial College, London.
He graduated from Imperial College in 2000 and undertook his Surgical Training in North West Thames, during which time he rotated through the breast units at Imperial College and The Royal Marsden. He completed his surgical training as a National Oncoplastic Group (TIG) fellow at the Nottingham Breast Institute, where he undertook research mapping the anatomy of chest wall perforator flaps (LICAP & LTAPs) in partial and total breast reconstruction.
Paul has undertaken travelling fellowships to the MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers, and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 2016, 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 has undertaken the first breast cancer related lymphoedema primary prevention procedures in the United Kingdom and is actively involved in lymphedema prevention and surveillance.
As a member of the 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. He serves on the Oncoplastic faculty for both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons  and teaches on Surgical Techniques for the Prevention and Management of Lymphedema for the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Paul received his PhD in Molecular Oncology from Imperial College in 2010, under supervision from Professors Simak Ali, Laki Buluwela and Charles Coombes. He was awarded the first joint clinical research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons and Cancer Research:UK to fund his research. He is actively involved in clinical trials, including the multi-centre PRADA trial Personal Profile (Max 350 characters). This area is for other information people may be interested in e.g. charities you support, awards, sporting achievements, family etc. Paul has played rugby for most of his life and enjoys travelling with friends and family.