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Associate Professor Shelley Potter

Bristol, UK

Shelley Potter is an Associate Professor of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and NIHR Clinician Scientist at Bristol Medical School and Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust. She attended Bristol Medical School and completed Basic Surgical Training in Bristol before completing a PhD exploring the feasibility of clinical trials in breast reconstruction. She completed her Higher Surgical Training as an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Severn Deanery before being awarded a highly prestigious National Training Interface Group Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Fellowship in Liverpool. She returned to Bristol as a Clinician Scientist and Consultant Senior Lecturer in August 2017 and became an Associate Professor in January 2021.Her research focuses on improving outcomes for women undergoing oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery through the design and delivery of high-quality collaborative research. As a trainee and Chair of the Mammary Fold Academic and Research Collaborative (MFAC), she led several large-scale national collaborative breast surgery projects including iBRA, iBRA-2 and TeaM. These studies collectively recruited over 5,000 patients from over 80 centres across the UK and helped to establish an evidence base to support the practice of oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery. She is currently Chief Investigator for the Best-BRA, Brighter, ANTHEM and Pre-BRA studies. Her national roles include Chair of the iBRA-NET group, Secretary to the Association of Breast Surgery Academic and Research Committee and she was recently appointed as Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Specialty Lead in Breast Surgery.