Miss Michelle Mullan MB ChB BSc (Hons) FRCS
Michelle is an Oncoplastic Consultant Breast Surgeon and Breast Lead for the Bristol Breast Centre at North Bristol NHS Trust. Michelle also holds an honorary contract at Bristol Children’s Hospital. She qualified from the University of Bristol in 1995 and underwent her surgical training in Bristol and the West Midlands. She has always been interested in breast disease, and undertook research at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in sentinel lymph node biopsy, as part of the Medical Research Council ALMANAC Trial. Michelle was elected to be an Ordinary Trustee for the Association of Breast Surgery and served a 5 year tenure between 2017 and 2022.
Her advanced surgical training in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery was in the UK and the United States, practising at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Henry Ford Institute in Detroit. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006. In 2008 Miss Mullan won the European Society of Surgical Oncology Travelling Scholarship and spent her time at the Nottingham Breast Institute. Her first consultant appointment was in Worcestershire in 2008, where she was Lead Cancer Clinician for the County. Michelle is an Oncoplastic Consultant Breast Surgeon and Breast Lead for the Bristol Breast Centre at North Bristol NHS Trust. Michelle also holds an honorary contract at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Her clinical interests include breast cancer surgery using oncoplastic techniques, sentinel lymph node biopsy, lipofilling of breast defects (Colman fat transfer), breast reconstruction, nipple reconstruction and nipple tattooing. She is also fully qualified to perform breast ultrasound.
Michelle has specialist interests in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, surgery (including reconstruction), benign breast disease and breasts disorders in teenagers. She has been a Consultant Breast Surgeon for over 11 years and personally treats around 150 women with breast cancer a year. She leads her multidisciplinary team of oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and breast care nurses, to ensure her patients receive state-of-the-art surgical and compassionate care.
Moreover, with an additional First Class honours degree in Psychology, Michelle is able to advise women about their diagnosis and to help them understand treatment options and recommendations, providing medical facts, debunking myths, and offering coping strategies.
“I understand the psychological impact a breast cancer diagnosis can bring. It affects not only the patient but also everyone around her. When treating a patient, I aim to take into consideration treatment recommendations from an oncological cancer perspective, but more than that, I take a holistic approach to the whole person as I understand the emotional and psychological impact a breast cancer diagnosis can evoke.
Naturally women feel very vulnerable when they come to a breast clinic. I truly believe it is such a privilege to work with my courageous patients and treat them at this time. Occasionally patients say it must be difficult to do my job, but I always reply that I know I make a positive difference to fellow women every day.
Outside of work I find time to relax with my family, swim regularly and am a member of a book club. I love entertaining and can often be found baking bread at the weekends. I am currently brushing up on my French, as well as teaching my sons to ski, but know it won’t be long before I am the last one down the mountain! ”