Professor Ian Fentiman is one of Britain's best known breast cancer specialists having been involved in many of the research studies that have shaped the current surgical treatment of breast cancer. In particular, Professor Fentiman was a pioneer of breast conserving surgery, enabling so many women to avoid mastectomy. He continues to take an active part in the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
He has recently retired from the Guy’s & St Thomas Hospitals where he led a unit for breast surgery at Guy's and St Thomas NHS Trust, responsible for the treatment of more than three thousand patients with breast conditions annually, while as Chair of the Breast Cancer Tumour Working Group in the South East London Cancer Research Network, he effectively integrated the many diverse disciplines involved in breast cancer care in the participating Trusts. Professor Fentiman was always the Chair of the Breast Cancer Tumour Working Group in the South East London Cancer Research Network, where he effectively integrated the many diverse disciplines involved in breast cancer care in the participating Trusts.
He received his MB BS qualification from King's College Hospital and after training in general surgery and receiving his FRCS, was appointed Clinical Research Fellow at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and gained an MD. For this work he won an Arris & Gale Lectureship at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Amazingly he has published more than three hundred peer-reviewed papers and has written seven books. In 2000 he was honoured by Cancer Care for advancing early breast cancer treatment as one of the one hundred investigators published most frequently in the twentieth century. In 2002 he was awarded a Doctorate of Science from the University of London.
He also teaches medical students and trains surgeons in the latest techniques, some of whom have come from overseas to work beside him. He also has a very active clinical practice, treating patients from all over the UK and from abroad. One of his principal interests has been to extend the use of breast conservation treatment to older women. He has also conducted trials on management of DCIS.
Primary Medical Qualifications
MRCS 1968 Royal College of Surgeons of England
LRCP 1968 Royal College of Physicians of London
MB BS 1968 University of London
Specialist Register entry date
General surgery From 12 Jan 1996