Meet the Breast Care team


Miss Donna Egbeare MB BCh LLM FRCS Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Miss Egbeare joined us in 2021, having previously worked as a consultant in Cardiff and Surrey. She is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, including breast reconstruction surgery and is very interested in the role of activity and exercise in cancer treatment and recovery.

Mr Michael Green MB ChB MSc DM FRCS Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Mr Green has been at Torbay Hospital since 2007, when he set up breast reconstruction (oncoplastic) surgery. His interests include the diagnosis and management of breast cancer, and breast reconstruction surgery. He trains surgeons in breast surgery, including advanced breast reconstruction techniques.

Mr Fareed Memon MBBS FRCS Associate Specialist Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Mr Memon has worked at Torbay Hospital since 2001 and was involved in establishing the current specialist unit in 2002. He is an experienced breast surgeon and his interests include the diagnosis and management of breast cancer and oncoplastic surgery.

Miss Louise Merker MB ChB PGCert Clin MedEd FRCS Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Miss Merker joined us in 2023 after completing a national oncoplastic breast TIG fellowship in Birmingham. She has trained in the Southwest, Australia and Belgium. She is experienced in oncoplastic breast reconstruction and has an active interest in surgical training nationally.

Ms Jacqui Rees-Lee MA MPhil Med FRCS (Plast) FEBS Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Ms Rees-Lee joined us in 2017. She is a highly experienced plastic and oncoplastic surgeon specialising in the management of breast cancer. She is also the director of medical education and the co-lead of our organisation’s digital futures program.

Breast physician

Dr Alison Bate BA Hons MBBS
Dr Bate joined the team in 2017 following GP training. She brings a holistic approach to breast care and has recently set up a new clinic to support breast cancer patients with side effects associated with medical management.

Advanced nurse practitioner

Ms Lynn Whittaker BSc Hons Health studies
Lynn joined the breast care team in 2011 as a breast care nurse. In 2019, she completed additional training and now works predominantly in new patient symptomatic clinics. With a special interest in genetics, she is also the lead for our family history service.

Consultant radiologists

Dr Harriet Conley BMBS FRCR Consultant Radiologist
Dr Conley joined the team in 2023, having completed radiology training in the South West region. She is a breast radiologist involved in both symptomatic and screening work. In addition, she also provides works in the main radiology department covering general radiology.

Dr Katie Giles MBChB MRCS FRCR Consultant Radiologist
Torbay and South Devon Breast Screening Programme Director. Dr Giles joined us in 2018 having worked as a consultant radiologist in Cornwall since 2014. She took on the role of breast screening programme director in 2020. Her work covers both symptomatic and screening breast services as well as providing specialist paediatric and general radiology cover in the main radiology department.

Dr Rebecca Green MB Chb, BSc(Hons), MRCP, FRCR Consultant Radiologist
Dr Green has worked as a consultant radiologist, specialising in both symptomatic and screening breast work, at Torbay Hospital since 2007. Prior to this she was a consultant in Southampton. Dr Green was screening director for a 6-year period in Torbay and has held the post of clinical service lead for radiology. She is now also involved in pastoral work for Exeter and Plymouth medical students.

Dr Vivien Shuen BM MSc SEM MRCS FRCR Consultant Radiologist
Dr Shuen joined Torbay Hospital in 2013. She is a breast radiologist involved in both symptomatic and screening work. In addition, she holds subspecialty interests in musculoskeletal and general radiology.

Carol Mason, Consultant Radiographer
Carol joined us in 2009 as the lead radiographer for breast care with advanced practice skills, having previously worked in Breast Care in Exeter from 1992. While working in Torbay, Carol has undertaken additional MSc modules in breast evaluation. In February 2022, she retired from the lead radiographer role, returning to a part-time clinical role.

Nursing team

We have seven breast care nurses who form our breast care nursing team all of whom are all highly experienced registered nurses, trained to degree level with counselling certificates and degree qualification in breast cancer care.

We have two assistant practitioners who are trained at degree level, with counselling certificates. They work closely with our surgeons in theatres.

We have two healthcare assistants who are responsible for running our clinics and supporting our nurse led clinics.

Our nursing service supports our surgeons and clinicians and supports our patients through their cancer journey.

Together they offer expertise in wound care and management, lymphoedema assessment and treatment, prosthesis and bra fitting, pre-operation preparation as well as nurse-led follow up throughout our patients care pathway and an on-call service from Mondays to Fridays.


Our mammography team split their time between working on the screening van in the community and at BCU. The majority of staff can practice independently but we are proud to also offer training placements. While the team is small, they are extremely dedicated.

Reception team

Our reception team are a small and hardworking team who assist the clinical staff and support patients, ensuring the smooth day to day running of our BCU. The team has a wealth of experience and knowledge and excel in providing a positive patient experience.

Admin team

Our admin team help to support all aspects of our BCU. Their roles range from admissions and screening to secretarial and nurse support. All of these roles complement each other and we work well as a team contributing to the smooth running of the unit.