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BRCA Link NI are delighted to have the following professionals supporting our group:-

Professor Patrick J Morrison, MD FRCPI FRCPCH FFPHMI
Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Belfast City Hospital.
Patrick Morrison graduated in Medicine from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1986 (MB BCh BAO). He trained in Belfast and Nottingham and was appointed as a Consultant clinical geneticist with a special interest in cancer families at the Belfast City Hospital in January 2000.
Patrick’s main clinical interests include the genetics of breast, ovarian, colon and renal cancers. He is a member of several international research groups and has published over 250 papers on varied aspects of cancer genetics. He is a member of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queens University and holds honorary professorships in Human genetics from Queens and University of Ulster.


Mr Stuart McIntosh MB,ChB; FRCSEd (General Surgery)
Consultant Breast Surgeon, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast

Born and brought up in Aberdeen, Stuart graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1993. He completed his surgical training in the East of Scotland, with periods of research in Glasgow and Cambridge.  He then undertook a specialist fellowship in Oncoplastic and Reconstructive breast surgery in Leeds, before being appointed as a consultant breast surgeon in Aberdeen in 2005. In 2009 he moved to Northern Ireland, being appointed as consultant breast surgeon in the Belfast City Hospital. Stuart works full time as a specialist breast surgeon, looking after women with breast cancer. His main interests are in oncoplastic breast surgery (using plastic surgery techniques to achieve the best possible results for women undergoing surgical treatment for breast cancer), and breast reconstruction following mastectomy. In addition, he has an interest in the pre-surgical treatment of breast cancer using chemotherapy. He is actively involved in breast cancer research in Northern Ireland, being responsible locally for several large multi-centre clinical trials. He is also a member of the breast and ovarian cancer research focus group at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.


Mr Gareth Irwin MSc MRCS
General Surgical Registrar / Clinical Research Fellow CCRCB

Gareth Irwin graduated in Medicine from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2004 (MB BCh BAO). He is on the Northern Ireland Higher Surgical Training Scheme in General Surgery. He is a Clinical Research Fellow in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queens University. Gareth is a member of the breast and ovarian cancer research focus group at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology and is currently undertaking a PhD in poor prognosis triple negative breast cancer.


Dr Ian Harley BSc MD MRCOG, 
Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist / Gynaecologist, Belfast City Hospital.

Ian Harley graduated in Medicine from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1993 (MB BCh BAO). On completion of training in Northern Ireland he then moved to Toronto, Canada to train as a subspecialist in Gynaecological Oncology at the University of Toronto. He was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist / Gynaecological Surgeon at the Belfast City Hospital in 2008.

Ian’s main clinical interests include minimal access surgery in Gynaecological Oncology (‘key hole surgery’), Familial Gynaecological Cancers and Human Papilloma Virus in genital tract malignancy. Ian is a member of the breast and ovarian cancer research focus group at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology. He has a Medical Doctorate (MD) in Hereditary Ovarian Cancer Risk.
Other interests include Minimal Access Surgery in General Gynaecology, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Menstrual Disturbance, Vulval disorders and Postgraduate Education.


Mr Khalid Khan FRCS (PLAST)

Mr Khalid Khan is one of the senior accredited NHS plastic surgeons in Northern Ireland. He was appointed to the Royal Victoria Hospital's Regional Burns Unit in Belfast as a consultant in 1998. He has clinical input / commitment to the Belfast City Hospital where he performs both breast surgery and gynaecological reconstructions.

Mr Khan completed his Breast fellowship at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and Atlanta, Georgia where he learned from world famous names such as Dr Carl Hartramph, Dr Franklyn Elliot and Dr Fawad Nahai.
Mr Khan also worked as a consultant in the famous breast unit at Nottingham City Hospital.

In Northern Ireland Mr Khan along with Dr J Price pioneered one stage risk reducing surgery for BRCA positive patients since 2001.


Dr Lisa Jeffers PhD
Genetic Counsellor

Lisa has worked as a Genetic Counsellor for 10 years, specialising in cancer genetics. She is from a nursing background with a degree in Psychology.  Her interests are in the psychological aspects of cancer genetics and she undertook an exploration of the experiences of women with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer for her doctoral research. Lisa is a member of the Cancer Genetics Steering Group a national, multidisciplinary organisation with membership including clinicians, genetic counsellors and scientists with an interest in the hereditary aspects of cancer. Its mission is to identify and promote the appropriate clinical tests and surveillance for those who may have an inherited predisposition to cancer; to improve their quality of care and that of their family members who may also have an increased risk.


Dr Gwyneth Hinds MB Bch MRCGP DRCOG - Associate Specialist, Breast Family History Clinic, Belfast City Hospital

Gwyneth Hinds

Gwyneth graduated in Medicine from Queen’s University of Belfast in 1986 and worked for 13 years in the Breast Unit at Belfast City Hospital. As Associate Specialist, she had responsibility for the Family History Clinic which provides information and screening for over 2000 women with a family history of breast cancer. Dr Hinds and Dr Ian Harley set up a joint breast/ovarian clinic to see women with BRCA mutations referred from the Department of Genetics following their genetic testing.
In September 2017 Gwyneth retired from working in the health service and is now working as a Pilates teacher and health coach.  She has set up a new website, to provide information and support for women in UK and Ireland.


Dr. Roger McClements - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Belfast City Hospital.

Roger McClements

Roger has over 17 years of experience providing psychological therapy in the NHS. For the past ten years he has worked in Belfast City Hospital where he specializes in delivering psychological therapies for individuals affected by cancer.


Dr. Eddie Gibson - Consultant Radiologist, QA Lead Radiologist NI Breast Screening, Antrim Area Hospital.

Dr Eddie Gibson

Dr Eddie Gibson is the lead Radiologist for theNorthern Ireland Breast Screening Programme.


Dr. Jennifer Quinn (1974-2013)


The sudden and tragic death of Jenny Quinn shocked and saddened all who knew her. Jenny was a member of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences from October 1997 when she joined the former Department of Oncology as a PhD student. Jenny was an outstanding student (evidenced by the number of awards she received and the numerous times she featured in previous CCRCB bulletins) and quickly progressed to a postdoctoral research fellow position in 2001. In 2007 Jenny was awarded a personal Breast Cancer Campaign Research Fellowship and was appointed to a lectureship position in CCRCB in December 2012. Jenny was tireless in her support of the Breast Cancer Campaign organising many ‘Wear it Pink’ coffee mornings in the Centre to raise funds for the charity. She was a great role model for the postgraduate research students and postdocs within the School.

Jenny was focused on a career in medical research and concentrated particularly on breast and ovarian cancer research. She was instrumental in the establishment of BRCA Link NI, a support group for families affected by the BRCA gene mutation. Not only was Jenny an expert scientist she was also a gifted lecturer, receiving excellent reviews from her students.

Jenny will be remembered as a devoted wife, a loving mum, a great colleague who set the highest personal standards, and was great fun to be with. Jenny will be greatly missed and never forgotten by her colleagues and friends in CCRCB.