Liz O’Riordan

Liz qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1998 and trained in South Wales (including a PhD in Molecular Oncology) and East Anglia, followed by a National Oncoplastic Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2012. In 2013 she started working in Ipswich as a Consultant Breast Surgeon. She is a member of the Women in Surgery committee at the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and was a keynote speaker at their 2016 national conference – “Confidence, Excellence and Feminism: not dirty words”. 

In 2015 she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself, undergoing chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstruction and radiotherapy. She blogs about her experiences as a doctor and patient, and has spoken at national and international conferences about her journey, including a TEDx talk in Stuttgart – ‘Jar of Joy’. She was nominated for a ‘Woman of the Year 2016’ award due to her work helping doctors and patients understand what having cancer is really like.

Outside of work, Liz is a triathlete and has just completed a half-ironman one year after finishing treatment. She is very active on social media, and was runner-up in the BMA’s 2015 ‘Top Doctor on Social Media’ award. She uses Twitter to promote the role of women in surgery, educate people about breast cancer, and help plan her next sporting event. @Liz_ORiordan

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