Dr. David Gordon-Thomson, MB ChB FRACSBreast Surgeon

Dr. David Thomson

Dr. David Gordon-Thomson graduated MB ChB from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 1983 and completed his internship at King Edward Hospital. After migrating to Australia in 1985, he commenced basic surgical training in Tasmania in 1986. He secured an Advanced Training position in Hobart, and completed surgical training in Melbourne in 1994, obtaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1995.

Whilst enjoying 6 years of General Surgical practice on the NSW South Coast, Dr. David Gordon-Thomson developed an interest in Breast Surgery. He conducted BreastScreen Assessment clinics in ACT and participated in the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer patients on the coast. He moved to Sydney in 2001 to pursue his interest and develop new skills in Breast Cancer Surgery. After obtaining a Post Fellowship training position at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, he completed his specialist training in 2003.

Dr. David Gordon-Thomson was appointed to the Breast Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) and Prince of Wales Hospitals (POW) in 2004 and joined a team of highly-skilled clinicians dedicated to the multidisciplinary management of patients with breast disease. A comprehensive service is provided to both public and private patients by surgeons, radiologists, physicians, nurses, oncologists, psychologist, radiographers and sonographers, and lactation consultants.

Dr. David Gordon-Thomson has an appointment with Breast Screen Australia where he conducts Breast Health Assessments, Breast Screen Assessment and Results clinics. High Risk clinics are conducted at the NSW Breast Clinic at The Royal Hospital for Women. Private consulting rooms are located in the Prince of Wales Private Hospital. Minor procedures and ultrasound-guided biopsies can be performed in rooms. He operates at The Royal Hospital for Women and Prince of Wales Private Hospital.

Professional Qualifications

MBChB, Cape Town, 1983

AMC 1986

FRACS 1995

Current Position

  • VMO Breast Surgeon, Royal Hospital for Women/Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick
  • Breast Screen Australia
  • Private Breast Surgery Practice

Previous Employment

  • 2002-2003 Postgraduate Fellow, Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital, Westmead
  • 1996-2002 General Surgeon, Moruya/Batemans Bay
  • 1995 Locum Surgeon Geraldton, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Whyalla
  • 1991-1994 Advanced Surgical Trainee Hobart, Melbourne
  • 1990 Non-accredited Surgical Registrar, Hobart
  • 1987-89 Basic Surgical Trainee, Hobart
  • 1986 A+E Resident, Hobart
  • 1985 Surgical Resident, Devonport
  • 1984 Intern Durban, RSA

Continuing Surgical Education

  • 2018 RACS Conference, Sydney
  • 2018 BC3 (Breast Cancer Coordinated Care), Washington D.C.
  • 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012 Sydney International Breast Cancer Conference, Sydney
  • 2011 ASBD Conference, Sydney
  • 2011 RACS Conference, Adelaide
  • 2011 BC3 Conference, Washington, USA
  • 2010 San Antonio Review
  • 2009 ASBD Conference, Gold Coast
  • 2009 RACS Conference, Brisbane
  • 2009 Lactation Conference, Sydney
  • 2008 ASBD Conference
  • 2008 RACS Conference
  • 2008 Breast Imaging Group Conference
  • 2008 Leura Breast Cancer Conference
  • 2007 Australian Society Breast Disease National Conference, Gold Coast
  • 2006 ASBD Conference, Port Douglas
  • 2006 Ultrasound Workshop
  • 2006 Risk Management Workshop
  • 2006 ASC, Sydney
  • 2005 ASC, Perth
  • 2004 Leura Breast Cancer Conference
  • 2004 Sydney Breast Cancer Trials Symposium
  • 2004 ASC, Melbourne
  • 2003 National Breast Cancer Forum- Panel
  • 2003 ASC, Brisbane
  • 2003 St George "Keeping Abreast" Conference
  • 2002 Breast Interest Group meeting, Noosa
  • 2002 Definitive Management of Trauma Course, Liverpool
  • 2002 ASC, Adelaide
  • 2001 Trauma seminar Swan 1X, Liverpool
  • 2001 GIT Society meeting, Melbourne
  • 2001 ASC, Canberra
  • 2001 PSA Meeting, Orange
  • 2000 ACT Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra
  • 2000 Millennium GIT Meeting, Sydney
  • 2000 Graham Copeland Seminar, Sydney
  • 2000 Breast Interest Group Meeting, Broome
  • 2000 ASC, Melbourne

Other Ongoing Education

  • POW Journal Club
  • POW Morbidity & Mortality
  • Multidisciplinary Meetings (fortnightly)
  • NSW Breast Group Meetings
  • Journal Reading (The Breast & ANZ Journal of Surgery)
  • National Breast Cancer Audit


  • 2010 GP Presentation Mx of Breast Infection
  • 2009 GP Presentation SLNB
  • 2007 RHW Physiotherapy department - Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy/Lymphoedema/Shoulder stiffness
  • 2007 GP Update – Herceptin
  • 9/8/5 RHW Grand Rounds - HRT & Breast Cancer
  • 3/8/5 St George GP Update - Breast Problems in Pregnancy
  • 27/7/5 Sydney Breast Clinic - Panel Discussion HRT
  • 4/6/5 NSW Breast Cancer Nurse's - DCIS, What's New?
  • 2/4/5 RHW GP Update - Pregnancy & Breast Cancer
  • 7/3/5 POW Oncology Group - Breast Screening Issues
  • 2003-2004 Westmead Breast Cancer Institute
    • Low-Grade DCIS
    • Lobular Carcinoma In situ
    • Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma
    • Controversies in Screening
    • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in DCIS

Current Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Member of the Breast Section of the RACS
  • Australasian Society of Breast Disease
  • Clinical Oncological Society of Australia
  • University of Cape Town
  • King Edward VII's Hospital
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal Hospital for Women
  • prime wales hospital
  • BreastScreen Australia