Professional background

Miss Joanna Franks is a consultant breast and oncoplastic surgeon. Her area of expertise is the assessment and management of all conditions relating to the breast. This includes both benign and malignant disease including both breast carcinoma and sarcoma. Her particular interests are: detection of early breast cancers, oncoplastic breast conservation, neo-adjuvant strategies, mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, symmetrisation, family history, risk reduction and breast screening.

Miss Franks qualified from Imperial College with honours. She took a year out to complete research, funded by the Medical Research Council, which resulted in a first class BSc in pathology with basic medical science. During her Higher Surgical Training she had a National Training Number with the London Deanery and spent the latter part of her training in the Oncoplastic Breast Unit at UCLH and the Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Miss Franks has an interest in assessment and training and completed an MSC in Medical Education. She standard sets for University College London and the Royal Free Medical School and is a regular examiner. In addition she works with the General Medical Council item writing and standard-setting as part of Fitness to Practice and in one of their Medical Assessors.

Miss Franks was one of the Pan London Breast Hub Co-ordinators for the regional response to COVID-19, ensuring safe treatment pathways to maintain time critical breast cancer surgery with the reintroduction of complex and reconstructive surgery at the earliest opportunity.

Miss Franks is a trustee of Future Dreams a charity dedicated to raising funds for support, awareness and research for those touched by breast cancer. She is a member of the Breast Cancer Haven Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and is a professional reviewer for Macmillan Cancer Support Documents.

Research interests

Benign and malignant disease of the breast, breast reconstruction, enhanced recovery


Oral presentations:

  • Today Programme Radio 4 October 2020
  • BBC News April 2020
  • Radio 5 Live September 2018
  • Womens Hour Radio 4 November 2015