Fellow 2017- Dr Èva Nagy
Dr Èva Nagy has joined Breast and Surgical Oncology at The Poche Centre. She is a qualified General Surgeon who is doing advanced training in Breast and Melanoma Surgery under the supervision of Prof Andrew Spillane. Eva tells us a bit about her self below.
What do you do on a day to day basis?
This role of Breast Oncoplastic Fellow is designed to give the advanced level exposure to the surgical and more broadly the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer. As a surgeon, my priority is to continually enhance my capabilities in General Surgery, and more specifically in Breast Surgery. The treatment of patients begins in the clinic where we consult patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, see them post-operatively and co-ordinate their multidisciplinary referral, and undertake their long-term follow up. In the operating theatre, I work closely with mentors who are experts in their fields, the key objective is to ensure that the cancers are properly resected whilst trying to minimise the morbidity. Attending multidisciplinary meetings facilitate strong collaboration between the specialists across the cancer field, where the latest in treatment strategies for complex cases are discussed in the context of current guidelines. As a researcher, I contribute to the efforts currently being employed in the ongoing discovery work being performed including recruitment to clinical trials and assisting with the important tumour and serum banking we do at MIA. Currently, I am focused on a number of specific research projects including the impact of obesity in reconstructive oncoplastic breast surgery.
What drives you to come to work each day?
The experience of a cancer patient is extremely challenging, both emotionally and physically. The family and loved ones of patients also undergo a trying time. I play one of many important roles in communicating the options and instigating the management of a cancer patient’s condition. It is more than simply ‘cutting out the cancer’, it is about the holistic approach to the patients’ wellbeing. It begins in the clinic where we discuss the condition and various treatment strategies with the patient. Vast amounts of information are distilled for the patient so that they are able to make informed decisions on how they wish to proceed with their treatment. Next steps often take place in theatre where the cancers are resected, appropriately staged and appropriately repaired. Ongoing follow up allows me to ensure patients are managing well post-op and allows me to assess best steps forward. I believe I am making a positive impact on patients’ lives and having this multifaceted role is very rewarding.
Additionally, I have the pleasure of working with some of the best specialists in the world who are deeply passionate about ensuring that we employ the best treatments techniques in the world to lead to the best possible outcomes for patients. Coming from a research background, I utilise this aspect of my training every day, combining the science with my clinical approach.
Finally, I’m excited about the advances we are making due to the important research happening in the fields of breast cancer. We are continually discovering more about how the diseases develop and progress and how to target ways to halt progression. Hopefully, this will lead us ultimately curing patients while preserving their quality of life.
Where did you work before coming to MIA?
My studies (BMedSci, MBBS and PhD) were completed in Melbourne. Once I completed my medical training, I wanted to utilise my medical degree and travel. I worked in Suva, Fiji for a period of time before moving to Singapore for 3 years working as a Senior Surgical Officer. It was an amazing experience working in high volume centres with amazing driven surgeons, which is where my passion in surgery truly manifested. It was a great blend of diagnostic dilemmas and surgical intervention, which often resulted in curing patient’s ailments. Once I returned to Australia, I completed my surgical training and decided that working with cancer patients in the setting of collaborative research was for me.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to travel and be amongst the locals. My favourite destination so far has been Japan – the culture, the food, the people! Just loved it! I’m also a rather active person and enjoy hiking, hitting the gym at the end of the day and occasional clay shooting on weekends with my husband.
Tell us something most people would be surprised to learn about you
As part of my fitness regime, I enjoy attending and aim to ultimately compete in the natural physique International Federation of Body Building within the next couple of years.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Title: Breast Oncoplastic & Surgical Oncology Fellow
Location: Poche Centre MIA – Mater, RNSH, Hornsby