Vienna BreastSurgeryDay

Breast Meeting in the Heart of Europe



(in alphabetical order)

Bagó-Horvath Zsuzsanna, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Zsuzsanna Bago-Horvath is associate Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Medical University of Vienna, her field of expertise are prognostic and predictive factors and neoadjuvant therapy. She is member of Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group (Executive Board member, reference pathologist), Austrian Society of Pathology (Presidential Board member), Austrian Society of Senology (Presidential Board member), European Working Group for Breast Screening Pathology and International Academy of Pathology, German Division.

Bartsch Rupert, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Rupert Bartsch joined the Clinical Division of Oncology at the Medical University of Vienna in 2002. Ever since then, breast cancer was his main clinical and scientific focus. Since 2014, he is an associate professor of medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and served as director of the metastatic breast cancer program. From 2017 to 2018, Rupert Bartsch was based at the German Breast Group (GBG). Back in Vienna, his main scientific interest is the development of novel targeted therapies and the treatment of brain metastases.

Bjelic-Radisic Vesna, Helios University Hospital, Wuppertal (Germany)
Vesna Bjelic-Radisic is Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Deputy Chair at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Helios University Clinic Wuppertal (Germany). She obtains numerous memberships in scientific societies (e.g. Austrian Working Group for Gynecological Oncology (board member), Austrian Working Group for Urogynecology (board member); Austrian Working Group for Colorectal- and Breast Cancer (board member)) and works as principal investigator in various international clinical trials. Her scientific focus contains quality of life, senology, gynaecological oncology and urogynecology.

Cardoso Maria João, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon (Portugal)
Maria João Cardoso is Head Breast Surgeon at the Champalimaud Foundation Breast Unit and Assistant Professor at Nova Medical School in Lisbon. Her main areas of interest are cosmetic outcome and prediction of breast surgery. She is a member of the ESO and ESMO faculty. She is the President of Mama Help, a Portuguese Support Centre for Breast Cancer Patients. She is a member of the EUSOMA executive committee and of the Portuguese Society of Senology. Cardoso is also specialty editor for The Breast.

Costa Alberto, European School of Oncology, Milan (Italy)
Alberto Costa is secretary general of the European School of Oncology (ESO), established in Milan in 1982 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to education about cancer. He is also Editor of the School’s magazine, CancerWorld. Costa was trained in Milan in cancer surgery with a special focus on breast cancer. He was editor in chief of the journal The Breast from 2003 to 2015. He has authored over 250 scientific publications. Please also visit

de Vita Roy, National Cancer Institute "Regina Elena", Rome (Italy)
de Vita has been specialist in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, and since 2002 has been the the chief of the plastic and reconstructive surgery department of the cancer national institute “Regina Elena” of Rome. He is also Coordinator of the Breast Unit of the same Institute.vHis main field of clinical and scientific interest is reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, an area in which he has widely published.
More than 600 breast surgical reconstructive procedures are performed per year in his department, including 2 stage, DTI and autologous tissue. In private practice he carries out more than 200 breast augmentations per year and 40% of these procedures are for revisional surgery. de Vita is a member of the Italian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery  (SICPRE), American Society for Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and Italian Society for Surgery (SIC).
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Dubsky Peter, Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna, Lucerne (Switzerland)
Peter Dubsky has established and is head of the St. Anna Breast Center in Lucerne. He also continues to serve as an adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna and on the ABCSG Executive Board. Furthermore, he has joined the Consensus Panel and writing secretariat of the St. Gallen early breast cancer conference. His primary research interest focuses on surgery, adjuvant systemic therapy and biomarker work in early breast cancer.

Farhadi Jian, Guy’s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)
Jian Farhadi is a plastic surgeon. He currently works at the Breast Cancer Centre in Zurich and as a consultant at the Department of Plastic Surgery at St Thomas’ Hospital London of which he was the previous director. He has special interest in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, including microvascular breast reconstruction. Farhadi runs an active research group, where he has published widely. He is the chair of the London Breast Meeting and co-director of European Master’s Degree in Breast Oncology, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery.

Fitzal Florian, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Starting in 2003 as a member of the surgical breast unit (General Surgery) Professor Fitzal is currently deputy chief of the Breast Health Center at the Medical University Vienna. Between 2013 and 2016 he was Head of the Breast Health Center, Sisters of Mercy, in Linz Austria with 320 new diagnosed cases per year. He is an international known expert for oncoplastic surgery and breast cancer surgery. As clinical case manager he is involved in the national screening program, diagnosis as well as treatment of early, locally advanced and metastasized breast cancer. He published 143 articles with an h-Index of 24 (Web of Science 08/2018) and he is co-investigator of several prospective clinical trials. Together with his friend Peter Schrenk he published two educational books for oncoplastic surgery which are registered for the European Board of Surgeons Exam UEMS. He is a teacher of the European Board of Surgery, presidial member of the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group (ABCSG), the Austrian Society of Senology as well as the Austrian society of oncologic surgery. He is a co-founder of the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium (OPBC).

Gnant Michael, Private Practice, Vienna (Austria)
Michael Gnant is full Professor of Surgery. Gnant graduated in medicine in Vienna, and subsequently specialized in surgery and surgical oncology. He also worked as a Visiting Scientist at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA. He is the author of more than 440 original peer-reviewed papers with an impact factor of 3,400 and an h-index of 59. He is the recipient of multiple national and international awards, and a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Gnant is involved in many scientific societies including ASCO, AACR, ACS, Breast International Group (BIG), EORTC, ESSO, EUSOMA and UICC. Gnant is also Editor-in-Chief (Breast Care), editorial board member and reviewer for many top-tier peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Gschwantler-Kaulich Daphne, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Since 2003, Gschwantler-Kaulich is a member of the team of Senology at the gynaecological department and the breast cancer center of the Medical University of Vienna.

After completing the European Academy of Senology and an adjuncted internship at the breast cancer center of Dr. Rezai in 2010 in Düsseldorf, Gschwantler-Kaulich is currently head of the reconstructive breast surgery group at the Department of Gynaecology at the Medical University of Vienna.
She is specialized on oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery, especially implant-based breast reconstruction, prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in BRCA mutation carriers and TX mastectomies. Gschwantler-Kaulich is author and co-author of multiple preclinical and clinical articles in the field of breast cancer and reconstructive breast surgery.

Hubalek Michael, Breast Center, Schwaz (Austria)
Hubalek is a certified member of the board of gynecology and obstetrics. He studied at the Medical School of the University of Innsbruck, where he received his doctorate and later his habilitation on „Revisiting Stephen Paget‘s „Seed and Soil“ Theory - Impact of the „Soil“ on the Growth and Progression of Breast Cancer“. He is certified by the european acadamy of senology and an accredited breast surgeon. Prof. Hubalek has authored more than 50 scientific articles. His main focus is on new breast cancer surgeries, oncoplastic and reconstructive options for breast cancer. He is currently working and teaching in the Breast Center Schwaz, Austria.

Jakesz Raimund, Private Practice, Vienna (Austria)
Raimund Jakesz is a surgeon based in Vienna, Austria, specializing in Breast Cancer treatment. Until his retirement in September 2016 he was Head of the Department of General Surgery at the Medical University Vienna.
During his stay at the National Cancer Institute Bethesda, Maryland/USA Raimund Jakesz did research on the estrogen receptor regulation in human breast cancer cells, thereby essentially influencing modern Breast Cancer therapy. He is the founder of the ABCSG (Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group), Austria’s largest and most renowned academic study group, operating successfully on an international level. For many years Raimund Jakesz was ABCSG’s president, currently acting as vice president.

Kauer-Dorner Daniela, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Daniela Kauer-Dorner is part of the Department of Radiotherapy and Biology at the Medical University of Vienna since 1999 and radiotherapeutic expert for breast cancer. From 2000-2002 she participated in an European Educational Program of Radiobiology (Gray Cancer Institute, London; Hospital St. Luc, Brussels, Belgium; University of Leiden, Netherlands; GSF, Munich, Germany) and received a “Master of Radiobiology” degree in 2002. After her return to Vienna she focused on breast cancer, mainly on breast brachytherapy. As part of the GEC ESTRO breast Cancer Working Group she established new techniques of breast cancer brachytherapy at the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2015 she is head of the breast group of the Department of Radiotherapy and Biology. She is member of the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO), the Austrian Society of Radiotherapy and the Austrian Society of Senology.

Knauer Michael, Kantonsspital, St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Kovacs Tibor, Guy’s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)
Kovacs is a leading expert in breast cancer and reconstructive surgery with a vast experience in oncoplastic breast conservation, breast reconstruction and risk reduction breast surgery.
He received his surgical training in cancer surgery at the National Institute of Oncology from Budapest with a PhD degree in Surgical Oncology (2002). He is a European Board Certified (FEBS) Surgical Oncologist and Breast Surgeon since 2004. Kovacs proceeded in further specialist training in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic breast surgery at the South Manchester University Hospitals and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital Breast Units. After Clinical Lead roles of 2 Breast Units in North Wales and Manchester, in 2013 Kovacs has been appointed at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Breast Unit as a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, specialising in complex oncoplastic breast conservation techniques, immediate breast reconstruction and risk reduction surgery for high familial risk/ BRCA mutation carrier patients. At international level, Kovacs is President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) for 2018-2020, Chair and founder of the ESSO Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course, Faculty on several prestigious international Breast Surgery masterclasses and workshops, Examiner for the European Board of Surgery Qualification in Breast Surgery since 2010, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology and most recently Chair of BRESSO, a European platform on Breast Surgery Accreditation, promoting certified specialist surgical care for breast cancer patients established between leading European organisations for breast cancer care.

Paepke Stefan, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (Germany)
Stefan Paepke is a Senior House Officer at the Clinic and Policlinic fuer Frauenheilkunde at the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany and head of the Interdisciplinary Breast Centre. He achieved his Doctor of medicine from the University Medical School of Charité and Institute of Psychology in 1994. He became a senior house officer in 2000, progressing to the head of Department of Senology, Technical University in Munich in 2002. He is the head of the Interdisciplinary Breast Centre. Since June 2006, he has been a Chair of the Society of Minimal Invasive Intervention in Senology (German Society for Senology). He acted as Principal Investigator in numerous trials (breast cancer prevention trial, HEDON, CORE etc.), also multicentric ones which dealt with breast reconstruction - one of Dr. Paepke’s special fields. His clinical memberships include the Steering Committee for the International Breast Intervention Study (IBIS II), Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment of DCIS and Evaluate-Study. He is a reviewer of European Journal of Cancer, The Breast and Breast Care. He has written numerous publications, authoring 43 peer-reviewed papers and 77 non-peer reviewed papers.

Pfeiler Georg, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Georg Pfeiler studied human medicine in Vienna and specialized in senology after the specialist training in gynaecology. Born in Lower Austria, he is Co-Head of the Breast Center at the General Hospital in Vienna, since 2013 Member of ABCSG’s Executive Committee. He has served as Senior Consultant in the Department of Gynaecology and Gynaecologic Oncology since 2016 and serves as Principal Investigator in several international studies and also as reviewer and publisher of major scientific journals (including BMC Cancer, Breast Care, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment). Pfeiler has already presented at numerous international conferences and received several awards for his scientific commitment.

Radtke Christine, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)

Reitsamer Roland, University Hospital, Salzburg (Austria)
Roland Reitsamer studied at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, was a resident at the University Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics Innsbruck and qualified as specialist for gynecology and obstetrics at the University Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics Innsbruck. He specialized in breast surgery in 1992, and had several study visits at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA and at the Aultman Cancer Center, Canton, USA.
His main scientific surgical interests comprise morbidity reduction in breast surgery, Sentinel node biopsy, breast reconstruction, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. Current position: Chairman of the Department of Senology, Breast Center Salzburg.

Sandbichler Peter, Krankenhaus St. Vinzenz, Zams (Austria)
Peter Sandbichler, born 2.8.1957 in Innsbruck, Austria. Surgical residency at the University Hospital Innsbruck, Department for Visceral and Transplant surgery  from 1982-1990. Managing senior physician for surgery at  the Hospital Hall near Innsbruck 1990-2000. Head of the surgical department at  the Hospital St.Vinzenz, Zams, Austria, since January 2000. Focus on Oncologic and laparoscopic surgery .

Sarfati Benjamin, Cabinet Dr. Sarfati, Paris (France)
Benjamin Sarfati is a plastic surgeon specialized in breast oncologic and reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, head and neck reconstruction and dermatologic surgery. He works in Gustave Roussy in Paris, one of the leading Comprehensive Cancer Center in Europe and in private practice at the Hartmann Clinic. He is the founder of the « Paris Breast Rendez-Vous », one of the main congress dedicated in breast aesthetic and reconstructive Surgery in France. He has developed a new technique with the robot Da Vinci Xi for breast surgery.

Scheflan Michael, Scheflan Plastic Surgery, Tel Aviv (Israel)
Michael Scheflan, MD is active in his private practice of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery, Assuta Medical Center, Herzlia Medical Center and Atidim Medical Center in Tel Aviv since 1986. From 2008-2012, he was a board member of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and is still reviewer for this journal as well as for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and  Journal of International Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Scheflan gained several international awards and participated at 10-20 international and national meetings per year for around 40 years. He is member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (past secretary), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Israel Society of Plastic Surgeons (past president), European Association of Plastic Surgeons, Mediterranean Society of Plastic Surgeons (past president) and published dozens of books, scientific articles and 71 publications in national and international journals (including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Clinics in Plastic Surgery, and Aesthetic Surgery Journal ).  His present research activities are meshed ADMs in immediate implant-based breast reconstruction, the use of lightweight breast implants in primary breast augmentation, the comparison of methods for obtaining adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells from lipo aspirates, prepectoral immediate breast reconstruction with meshed ADMs and a comparative analysis of tissue preconditioning with carbo-pneumo-dissection to improve fat graft survival

Schrenk Peter, Johannes Kepler University, Linz (Austria)
Born 1962 in Linz, Austria. Studied medicine in Innsbruck, Basic research: Endothelial cell seeding onto vascular grafts. Medical education at AKH Linz: General practitioner, General Surgery. Spezialization in breast surgery (cancer surgery, reconstruction, cosmetic surgery). Visiting surgeon: European Cancer Institute Milan, Geresheim Düsseldorf, EmoryUniversity Atlanta,Sloan Kettering CC NY, MD Anderson CC Houston, John Wayne CC Santa Monica..Current position: Head of Breast Center, Keplerklinikum Linz. Special interest: Oncoplastic surgery, Implant based breast reconstruction. Co-editor (with Florian Fitzal) of 2 books on oncoplastic surgery.

Singer Christian, Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Christian F Singer is Professor of Clinical-Translational Gynecological Oncology, Head, Center for Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer, dHead, Vienna Center for Breast Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His scientific interests are Breast cancer and Breast Cancer Genetics, Clinical Trials in Breast Cancer, Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction.
Singer is a board-certified gynaecologist and professor at the Medical University of Vienna. After graduation from Innsbruck University Medical School he successfully completed postdoctoral fellowships at the renowned Georgetown University (USA) and at the University of Leuven (Belgium), where he studied the influence of hormones on the development of malignant tumors. In addition, he graduated from Harvard University (USA) where he received a “Master of Public Health” degree. Upon his return to Austria, Singer now works and teaches at the Medical University of Vienna, where he has specialized in the treatment of breast cancer and the alleviation of climacteric symptoms. He was appointed Full Professor of Clinical-Translational Gynecological Oncology in 2011 and directs the certified Center for Breast Health at the Department of OB/GYN at Medical University of Vienna.Singer has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters about breast cancer and climacteric symptoms, and has received several national and international awards for his research. He lectures at medical meetings and conferences worldwide. He is married and father of a son.

Steger Guenther G., Medical University/General Hospital, Vienna (Austria)
Günther G. Steger is full Professor of Oncology and Chair for Medical Breast Cancer Research, Division of Oncology at University of Vienna. He graduated in medicine at the Vienna School of Medicine 1985 and received 1991 the certification by the Austrian Board for Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology. From 1991 till 1992, he went to UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Surgery/Urology for a Research Fellowship in Immune-Oncology.
Steger is the author of more than 500 full papers, book chapters and abstracts. He serves as a permanent consultant for Acta Chirurgica Austriaca, the official journal of the Austrian Society of Surgeons, as editor for oncology for Universum Innere Medizin, the official journal of the Austrian Society of Internal Medicine, as associate editor for Breast Care, and he is reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Tausch Christoph, Breast Center, Zurich (Switzerland)
Christoph Tausch is clinical director and head of breast surgery of the Breast-Center Zürich/Switzerland since 2017. He received his doctors` degree from the University of Innsbruck/Austria in 1987. He was trained in general surgery and vascular surgery in Linz/Austria. 1991 he started his specialization in breast surgery. In 2016 Tausch became an assistant professor of the University of Innsbruck Medical School. His scientific work is published in more than 50 peer reviewed articles. Tausch is member of the EUSOMA, the Austrian Breast Cancer Study Group, the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research and the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium. Since 2017 he is director of the Swiss Senology Diploma Course.

Turner Suzanne, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK)
Suzanne Turner is a Reader in cellular and molecular tumour biology at the University of Cambridge where she chairs the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Cancer Centre Paediatric Programme and is the principal investigator of a research group. Turner is a global leader in the field of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, having developed one of the first murine models of this malignancy. Amongst her other roles, Turner is an advisor to the UK government Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the subject of Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) and sits on the BIA-ALCL global advisory board.

Weber Walter Paul, University Hospital, Basel (Switzerland)
Walter Weber was born in 1973 in New York, studied medicine in Basel, spent more than two years in the lab in the field of tumour immunology at his home University and at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, trained to become a SSO accredited breast surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and currently leads the breast surgery service at the University Hospital Basel. His clinical research interest focuses on oncoplastic surgery and surgical RCT’s in the field of surgical site infection and de-escalation of breast cancer surgery. He founded the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium ( and co-founded the Basel Breast Consortium ( to build bridges between the laboratories, clinical disciplines and the pharmaceutic industries in the Basel area.