Dr James French



Specialist Breast and Thyroid Surgeon

Academic Appointments

Dr James French was drawn to a career in medicine from an early age - his father was a general surgeon and his mother a GP. After completing general surgical training James under took 2 further fellowship years of training in breast and thyroid/parathyroid surgery. For the past five years James has concentrated exclusively on breast and thyroid surgery.

James is at the forefront of developing the newer so-called oncooplastic techniques for breast surgery which focuses on treating the cancer but at the same time giving patients the best possible aesthetic outcome. This allows women to focus on their recovery while being reminded as little as possible about the treatment they have had. He offers a wide variety of options for women who are suitbable for or choose to undergo breast-conserving surgery including adaptive mammoplasty (breast conserving surgery combined with breast reduction) and multiple implant-based options (single and 2 stage procedures, with and without nipple preservation) for women who choose post mastectomy implant based breast reconstruction. In addition he maintains close ties with plastic and reconstructive colleagues for patients who choose or who are best suited to a tissue-based reconstruction.

James chairs, and discusses all his breast cancer patients in a multi-disciplinary meeting both in the public and private sectors, ensuring everyone has access to multiple specialist opinions regarding their cancer management.

As a clinical lectuerer at the university of Sydney, James is also involved in teaching of medical graduates from medical students to post graduate surgical fellows. he has contributed to 37 peer reviewed articles and is involved in several local and international clinical trials.

James is a member of the medical advisory committees for Westmead Private Hospital and the Hospital for Specialist Surgery and is on the board of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease (ASBD).

While maintaining his general fitness James frequently competes in fun runs where any donations raised are directed towards a breast cancer related organisation. He also participates in breast cancer related charity events such as dragon boat racing and the pink ribbon ride.

Rooms for Consultations

Norwest - Lakeview Private Hospital

Hospitals Visited

Lakeview Private Hospital
Norwest Private Hospital
Westmead Public Hospital
Westmead Private Hospital,