Miss Chantel Thornton is a breast surgeon specialising in the treatment of all benign and malignant breast conditions, including breast reconstruction, sentinel node biopsy, familial breast cancer and risk reduction surgery (skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomy) and delivery of multi-disciplinary breast cancer care. She has a special interest in oncoplastic breast cancer surgery; a relatively new sub-specialty aimed at maximising cosmetic results with breast conservation surgery. Miss Thornton uses bedside ultrasound and also has the ability to perform core biopsies in the consulting rooms.
Miss Thornton obtained an MBBS with first class Honours from the University of Tasmania. She was awarded eight university prizes and graduated as Dux of her year in 2000. She also completed a Bachelor of Medical Sciences and received a scholarship to complete an Honours Degree at the University of Hong Kong in 1998.
Miss Thornton became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2010. She undertook surgical training at the Alfred Hospital and did a Fellowship in Breast Cancer Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
She has attended oncoplastic breast surgery courses at the Institute of European Oncology in Milan, Washington DC and Chicago, and is a Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Miss Thornton is a member of the Victorian Medical Womens Society, the Australian Federation of Medical Women and the Medical Womens International Association. She is also a member of Women on Boards andCancer Council Victoria's Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group Breast Cancer Committee.
Philanthropy is an important part of Miss Thorntons life, and she is currently on the Committee of Women at The Alfred, and is a Board Member of the Foundation for Surgery. Her former roles include Patron of the Royal Flying Doctors Service Flying 1000,Chair of Life Support; supporting trauma care at The Alfred Hospital, and Board Member of The Alfred Foundation. She has also been an Honorary Lecturer at Monash University.
Miss Thornton is currently working at the Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and consults at Hobsons Bay Specialist Centre in Williamstown. She also holds a position at St Vincents Breast Screen Victoria.