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CIBC Breast Centre

Biographies

Dr. Melinda MusgraveDr. Melinda Musgrave

Dr. Musgrave completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Kings College followed by a BaH in Psychology at Queen's University prior to her graduate school training. She completed an MSc and subsequently a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology (Neuroscience) at Queen's University. She did her medical training and residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. She was awarded the Dr. A Ross Tilley Scholarship for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2003.

Dr. Musgrave completed fellowship training in breast reconstruction and advanced reconstructive microsurgery in Toronto, Winnipeg and the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England where she worked as a locum plastic surgeon before returning to Toronto in 2005. Since that time she has been a full time active staff in The Department of Plastic Surgery at St Michaels Hospital.

She has been the lead surgeon for the reconstructive breast program at St Michaels Hospital since 2005 performing 80 per cent of the breast reconstructive cases. In conjunction with Dr. Ralph George, Dr. Christine Simmons and Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley, she helped to establish the first formal program in Canada for breast reconstruction in patients diagnosed with Locally Advanced Breast Cancer.  She also introduced new techniques for delayed breast reconstruction post radiotherapy. She works closely with the surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to endeavor to offer immediate reconstruction to every eligible patient.

Her research is focused around barriers to breast reconstruction in Canada and knowledge translation around the reconstructive process.  She has been funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for this project.

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