Dr Elisabeth Elder

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Surgery, Westmead Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 9845 8888

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Biographical details

Dr Elisabeth Elder is a specialist breast surgeon and head of research at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and clinical senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. She has a special interest in oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery. She graduated from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in 1992, where she also completed her general surgery training and a PhD in tumour biology in 2002. After migrating to Australia for family reasons, she specialised in breast cancer surgery at Concord Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. After having completed her FRACS she went back to the Karolinska Hospital in 2009 to develop skills in oncoplastic surgical techniques.

She is currently chair of the oncoplastic committee of Breast Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand (Breast SurgANZ) and organizer of their biannual workshops in oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery and is Breast Surg ANZ representative to the Australian Breast Device Registry. She is a council member of Breast Surgeons International, chair of their scientific program committee and member of the editorial board for World Journal of Surgery. She lectures frequently at national and international meetings and participates regularly in breast cancer education for medical professionals, students as well as patient groups and the broader community.

She consults from rooms at Westmead Hospital as well as Hospital for Specialist Surgery in Bella Vista.

PhD 2002 - clinical and genetic aspects of pheochromocytoma and abdominal paragangliomas

Research interests

· Evaluation of aesthetic, functional and surgical outcome after breast surgery with particular emphasis on oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery – several projects including outcome after nipple sparing mastectomy, skin-sparing mastectomy, lipofilling, therapeutic mammaplasty and development of a national audit.

· The role of 3D photography in objective assessment of outcome after breast surgery

· Incidence, location and predictive factors for additional nodal involvement in breast cancer patients with a positive sentinel node – feasibility of a targeted approach

· Occult nipple involvement of breast cancer

· Several projects relating to risk factors and prevention of developing lymphoedema after breast cancer surgery (collaboration with Prof Kilbreath, Sydney University as well as Prof Boyages, Macquarie University and Prof Ridner ,Vanderbilt University)

· Interactions between sleep phenotype and breast cancer development (collaboration with A/Prof Kairaitis, Respiratory physician, WMH)

· Breast cancer molecular signature and other translational research projects (collaboration with Prof Clarke, Westmead Millenium Institute, A/Prof Pathmanathan , ICPMR and Dr DInh, CPM Cancer Centre)

· Radio-guided occult lesion localization using Iodine-125 seeds (ROLLIS) for impalpable breast cancers (collaboration with Prof Saunders, University of Western Australia)

· Predicting pain following breast cancer treatment (collaboration with Dr Moloney at Macquarie University)

· Assessment of bone mineral density using digital X-ray radiogrammetry in women undergoing mammography (collaboration with Prof G Elder, Bone and mineral division, Garvan Institute)

Teaching and supervision

Breast cancer

Breast Surgery incl. oncoplastic surgery

Associations

· Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

· Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zeeland – chair of oncoplastic subcommittee

· International Society of Surgery – Breast Surgery International – member of council

· Australasian Society for Breast Disease

· ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group

· Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

· Swedish Surgical Society

International links

Sweden

(Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden) Collaboration with Prof Kerstin Sandelin, Dr Catharina Eriksen and Dr Catharina Ihre-Lundgren on oncoplastic breast surgery

Selected grants

2015

  • Determining sleep phenotypes in cancer cohorts: interactions with cancer biology and impacts on quality of life; Kairaitis K, Amis T, Wheatley J, deFazio A, Wain G, Clarke C, Elder E, Dhillon H, Marshall N; DVC Research/SPARC Implementation - Cancer.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Sood, S., Elder, E., French, J. (2015). Nipple-sparing mastectomy with implant reconstruction: the Westmead experience. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 85, 363-367. [More Information]
  • Pathmanathan, N., Renthawa, J., French, J., Elder, E., Hall, G., Mahajan, H., Teh, C., Bilous, M. (2014). Intraoperative sentinel lymph node assessment in breast cancer: a comparison of rapid diagnostic method based on CK19 mRNA expression and imprint cytology. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(10), 730-734. [More Information]
  • French, J., Elder, E. (2014). Re: Increasing breast reconstruction rates by offering more women a choice. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(9), 693-694. [More Information]
  • Ngui, N., Elder, E., Jayasinghe, U., French, J. (2013). Relevance of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0011 Trial to breast cancer in the Australian setting. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(12), 924-928. [More Information]
  • Chung, L., Shibli, S., Moore, K., Elder, E., Boyle, F., Marsh, D., Baxter, R. (2013). Tissue biomarkers of breast cancer and their association with conventional pathologic features. British Journal of Cancer, 108(2), 351-360. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Jakesz, R. (2011). Fine-Tuning the Truth. World Journal of Surgery, 35(10), 2185-2186. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Brennan, M. (2010). Nonsurgical Management Should be First-Line Therapy for Breast Abscess. World Journal of Surgery, 34(9), 2257-8; author reply 2259. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Kennedy, C., Gluch, L., Carmalt, H., Janu, N., Joseph, M., Donellan, M., Molland, J., Gillett, D. (2006). Patterns of breast cancer relapse. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 32(4), 922-927. [More Information]
  • Elder, E. (2005). Deletions and altered expression of the RIZ1 tumour suppressor gene in 1p36 in pheochromocytomas and abdominal paragangliomas. International Journal of Oncology, 26(5), 1385-1391. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Elder, G., Larsson, C. (2005). Pheochromocytoma and functional paraganglioma syndrome: no longer the 10% tumor. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 89(3), 193-201. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Brandberg, Y., Bjorklund, T., Rylander, R., Lagergren, J., Jurell, G., Wickman, M., Sandelin, K. (2005). Quality of life and patient satisfaction in breast cancer patients after immediate breast reconstruction: a prospective study. The Breast, 14(3), 201-208. [More Information]

2015

  • Sood, S., Elder, E., French, J. (2015). Nipple-sparing mastectomy with implant reconstruction: the Westmead experience. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 85, 363-367. [More Information]

2014

  • Pathmanathan, N., Renthawa, J., French, J., Elder, E., Hall, G., Mahajan, H., Teh, C., Bilous, M. (2014). Intraoperative sentinel lymph node assessment in breast cancer: a comparison of rapid diagnostic method based on CK19 mRNA expression and imprint cytology. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(10), 730-734. [More Information]
  • French, J., Elder, E. (2014). Re: Increasing breast reconstruction rates by offering more women a choice. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 84(9), 693-694. [More Information]

2013

  • Ngui, N., Elder, E., Jayasinghe, U., French, J. (2013). Relevance of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group Z0011 Trial to breast cancer in the Australian setting. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(12), 924-928. [More Information]
  • Chung, L., Shibli, S., Moore, K., Elder, E., Boyle, F., Marsh, D., Baxter, R. (2013). Tissue biomarkers of breast cancer and their association with conventional pathologic features. British Journal of Cancer, 108(2), 351-360. [More Information]

2011

  • Elder, E., Jakesz, R. (2011). Fine-Tuning the Truth. World Journal of Surgery, 35(10), 2185-2186. [More Information]

2010

  • Elder, E., Brennan, M. (2010). Nonsurgical Management Should be First-Line Therapy for Breast Abscess. World Journal of Surgery, 34(9), 2257-8; author reply 2259. [More Information]

2006

  • Elder, E., Kennedy, C., Gluch, L., Carmalt, H., Janu, N., Joseph, M., Donellan, M., Molland, J., Gillett, D. (2006). Patterns of breast cancer relapse. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 32(4), 922-927. [More Information]

2005

  • Elder, E. (2005). Deletions and altered expression of the RIZ1 tumour suppressor gene in 1p36 in pheochromocytomas and abdominal paragangliomas. International Journal of Oncology, 26(5), 1385-1391. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Elder, G., Larsson, C. (2005). Pheochromocytoma and functional paraganglioma syndrome: no longer the 10% tumor. Journal of Surgical Oncology, 89(3), 193-201. [More Information]
  • Elder, E., Brandberg, Y., Bjorklund, T., Rylander, R., Lagergren, J., Jurell, G., Wickman, M., Sandelin, K. (2005). Quality of life and patient satisfaction in breast cancer patients after immediate breast reconstruction: a prospective study. The Breast, 14(3), 201-208. [More Information]

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