DR ANNE GUDGEON
Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham England in 1968. After house jobs in Birmingham she worked in the anaesthetic department in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as a registrar for three years.
On moving to Cape Town she worked in the Department of Radiation Oncology (LE33) at Groote Schuur Hospital for twenty one years; first as a senior, then principal medical officer. During that time she worked exclusively with the breast cancer patients and was a founder member of the Groote Schuur Hospital Breast Clinic where she ran the outpatient biopsy clinic. Whilst there, she was part of the International Breast Cancer Study Group and was a co –investigator of the many breast cancer clinical trials that were undertaken in the unit.
She has authored and co-authored over 50 publications on breast diseases and given both oral and poster presentations at national and international congresses.
She is an honorary member of SASCRO (South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists) and a member of the SAOC (South African Oncology Consortium) which aims to help provide evidence based medicine to aid patient funding by medical aids.
In 1994 she founded a fledgling private practice which she has built up over the years to cover the spectrum of benign and malignant breast disease.
DR IRENE BOEDDINGHAUS
Dr Boeddinghuas qualified at UCT Medical School in 1994. She obtained her MRCP in London in 1998, and worked extensively in London oncology departments. She then joined the Royal Marsden Hospital’s department of Academic Biochemistry, and the Institute of Cancer Research, and obtained her MD in 2002, her doctoral thesis looking at mechanisms of action and resistance to the (now commonly used) aromatase inhibitors. During this time she set up and ran the ground-breaking international neo-adjuvant hormone trial of the AI, anastrozole versus tamoxifen. She retains a strong interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer, as well as translational research. She acts as site Principle Investigator on a number of international trials, and has published extensively in this field. She has also presented at international congresses, winning a Young Investigator award from The American Association of Cancer Research in 1999. She returned to South Africa in 2002, and splits her time between her two passions: work and family (4 young children and a commuting husband).
Dr Boeddinghaus is a member of SASMO (South African Society of Medical Oncologists), SASCRO (South African Society of Clinical and Radiation Oncologists) and a member of the SAOC (South African Oncology Consortium) which aims to help provide evidence based medicine to aid patient funding by medical aids. She is also a Member of the Royal College of Physicians.
DR RONELLE DE VILLIERS
Dr de Villiers obtained her medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1997. She pursued further training in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Paediatrics, and completed a Diploma in Child Health in 1999.
She has experience in general practice, accident and emergency medicine, and has participated as co-investigator in clinical trials. She worked as practice manager and medical officer for 5 years for The Kidzpositive Family Fund (an NGO committed to improving the lives of HIV positive children).
Dr de Villiers joined our breast diseases clinic in 2011 and focuses on the assessment of patients presenting with breast concerns, management of benign breast disease, and the follow up of patients during and post-chemotherapy. She also has a special interest in the psychological impact of breast disease and offers holistic support to affected patients.
VERNA JANSEN and BARBARA KELLY