Prof. Winters is regularly invited to talk nationally and internationally as an expert in immediate breast reconstruction in relation to her clinical research in the field including her clinical experience. She has led two novel randomised controlled clinical trials in breast reconstruction in the prevention of seromas (complicating fluid collections after extensive tissue dissections) after breast reconstruction and latterly been the Chief Investigator on Cancer Research UK randomised clinical trials in breast reconstructions which were the first trials of this kind in the UK and internationally in the field. She is considering other important scientific questions to help guide women in future treatment decisions.
She has established her regional and national reputation in pedicle flap immediate breast reconstruction having performed more than 200 of these procedures using combined implant techniques as well as tissue only (autologous) breast reconstructions. Prof. Winters has now also produced one of the largest patient groups in this type of breast reconstruction that has studied the effects of the surgery on women’s quality of life issues that surgeons may lose sight of in the face of achieving the best cosmetic outcomes. Importantly, Prof. Winters participates in annual appraisal and review of her clinical performances with her latest Hospital Episode Statistics showing very good surgical results with very low levels of surgical complications. This information is shared with patients in the context of national performance figures. Prof. Winters records and registers all her breast surgery procedures through the Royal College of Surgeons electronic logbook register in order to track her surgical performances.
Prof. Winters has been invited Faculty internationally advising implant companies as well as part of education faculty for newly developed tissue matrices called Acellular Dermal Matrices (ADMs) used in implant based immediate breast reconstruction. She is carefully considering the best approaches to these newly developed procedures in conjunction with national and international leaders in the field of ADM-assisted implant breast reconstruction.
Prof. Winters has attended three ADM work shop training meetings (Manchester, London and Bristol) in order to gain the latest knowledge in this technique and to consider the advantages of different ADM products that have the best publication history and data associated with them.
APPOINTMENTS (previous and present)
Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon - Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (present)
Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon - Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Board Member of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)
Consultant Senior Lecturer in Breast Surgery / Associate Professor - University of Bristol
Honorary Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon - Bristol Royal Infirmary & Southmead Hospital Bristol
Director of Breast Cancer Surgery: Patient-centred outcomes research group
2017 Honorary Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London
2017 Honorary Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Quality of Life Office (Sydney Medical School)
2016 Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Acadamy, UCL (SFHEA)
1999 Doctor of Philosophy, D.Phil. (Oxon), University of Oxford
1992 Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa FCS (SA)
1989 Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh, FRCS (Edin)
1983 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Witwatersrand, MBBCh (Rand)
SPECIAL AWARDS, HONOURS AND DISTINCTIONS
2016 - Selection committee for the Nordic Nobel prize in medicine
2016 - Nominated to the board of International Society of Quality of Life (ISOQOL)
2008 - Pfizer Excellence in Oncology award
2005 - Surgical Club of South West England Travelling Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery - Marie Curie Institute, Paris
2001 - King James IV Professorship - Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) for excellence in surgical research
1996 - Antrobus Breast Cancer Research award - University of Witwatersrand
1995 - Oxford Nuffield Senior Research Fellowship - University of Oxford, Worcester College
1995 - Davis and Geck Research Scholarship for Hepatocyte Growth Factor - SA Surgical Research Society
1994 - Guy Elliot Research Fellowship - University of Cape Town
1994 - Davis and Geck Research Scholarship for Hepatocyte Growth Factor - University of Cape Town
1994 - CJ Adams Memorial Trust Fellowship - University of Cape Town
1994 - Stella and Paul Loewenstein Research Scholarship for Hepatocyte Growth Factor, University of Cape Town
1993 - Davis and Geck Research Scholarship for Host immunity in early breast cancer, University of Witwatersrand
Dr Winters has supervised and been the external examiner for large numbers of postgraduate degree students in the field of breast cancer to include PhD, MSc and MD.
Dr Winters is on numerous national and international committees and is regularly invited to lecture around the world.
Dr Winters talks to BCFM radio about Breast Cancer on International Women's Day 8th March 2016.
Dr Winters' talks to BBC Radio Bristol about BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, following on from Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy. Sept 2013.
BBC Radio Bristol, May 2013, talks to Dr Winters about breast cancer.
Prof. Winters talks at the 7th European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona about the impact of breast reconstruction on patient quality of life.
Prof. Winters was the founding Trustee of Abreast Cancer Research 2004 - 2016. Abreast Cancer Research was a Bristol based cancer charity, focusing on women's quality of life which raised a total of £250,000 thanks to all the supporters, charity fundraisers and all those that dedicated their time.