Mr Neill Patani is a Consultant Oncoplastic & Reconstructive Breast Surgeon at University College London Hospital, Honorary Associate Professor at the UCL Cancer Institute and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Francis Crick Institute.
He has expertise in the management of breast cancer and all aspects of benign disease, including breast pain, lumps, infection and risk-reduction strategies for patients with a family history.
Neill has an interest in laboratory, translational and clinical breast cancer research. He works collaboratively with scientists, oncologists and radiologists, exploring how breast cancer metabolism can be targeted for functional imaging and novel therapies. He is currently involved in clinical trials studying the optimal sequencing of breast cancer treatments and the de-escalation of surgery to the breast and axilla according to treatment response.
He also has an interest in quality improvement initiatives and is an Honorary Clinical Fellow for the national Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, with a role in evaluating and learning from litigation in breast surgery.
Wireless localisation using Magseed
Oncoplastic techniques, therapeutic mammoplasty
Targeted axillary dissection after neo-adjuvant therapy
Breast reconstruction, nipple-sparing techniques & one-stage pre-pectoral implants with acellular dermal matrix
Symmetrisation surgery, nipple reconstruction, lipo-modelling
Extending the scope of breast conserving surgery
De-escalation of surgery according to treatment response
Optimal sequencing of breast cancer treatments
Laboratory, translational and clinical breast cancer research
Breast health & wellness
Neill completed his training at the Royal Marsden Hospital with a National Oncoplastic Fellowship in Breast Surgery. He is a member of the Association of Breast Surgeons and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His Higher Surgical Training was undertaken in London and the North-West Thames region, including Charing Cross, Hillingdon, Northwick Park, St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals, leading to the award of his Certificate of Completion of Training in General Surgery with a specialty interest in Breast Surgery. He completed his Basic Surgical Training at UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital. He graduated from UCL Medical School with Honours and was awarded undergraduate prizes and distinctions in Medicine and Surgery.
Neill has undertaken a PhD at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research, studying response and resistance to endocrine therapy, including the development of biomarkers to personalise treatment. He received 1st Class Honours for his BSc in Tumour Biology at UCL, investigating some of the earliest genetic events in the multi-step model of breast cancer development.
Neill plays an active role in teaching and training, he is a Faculty Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and previous National Representative for General Surgery Trainees at the Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Training Interface Group. He was a Surgical Teaching Fellow for Imperial College Medical School and Anatomy Demonstrator at the Royal Free & UCL Medical School.