Emma de Sousa performs only breast surgery and her experience covers all aspects of the speciality. She is passionate about creating the very best outcome for every patient, combining both the science and the art of her speciality. The skillset that she has acquired enables her to address the different needs of both her newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and her cosmetic surgery patients with the same attention to detail. Although they have different requirements, there is a wide crossover of techniques used for these two groups of patients and all benefit. Emma has an honest and open approach, prioritising patients’ holistic requirements and building realistic expectations.

Career profile

Emma is an NHS Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Based in the Linda McCartney Centre of this busy NHS teaching hospital, the Liverpool Breast Unit provides a symptomatic, screening, cosmetic, risk-reducing and reconstructive service. It is nationally recognised as exceptional. She is also an honorary senior lecturer in Clinical sciences at the University of Liverpool. Her private practice is based at the BMI Alexandra Hospital, Manchester and Spire Liverpool Hospital, where she offers all the same services.

Since Medical School in Oxford in the early 1990s, Emma has dedicated her career to being the most expert and skilled breast surgeon she can be. Over the past 20 years, she has been privileged to have operated with some of the most skilled and innovative plastic and breast surgeons in her field. Highlights in her career include:

  • Studying Medicine at New College, Oxford University (1990)
  • Undertaking Basic and Higher Surgical Training in the North West (Manchester and Liverpool) (1997 -2014)
  • Performing molecular research into breast cancer at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia (2002)
  • Being awarded a Doctorate of Medicine Thesis degree from Oxford University (2011)
  • Becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2012)
  • Gaining a prestigious National Training Fellowship at Nottingham Breast Institute (2013)
  • Full time Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Oxford University John Radcliffe Hospital (2014)
  • Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (2015 onwards)

Professional Affiliations

  • GMC General Medical Council Specialist Register No 4331036
  • FRCS Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • ABS Member of the Association of Breast Surgeons
  • BMA British Medical Association
  • MMS Manchester Medical Society
  • BAPRAS Interspeciality Member of British Association of Plastic Surgeons


  • MA Physiological Sciences Master of Arts, Oxford University 1993
  • BM BCh Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, New College, Oxford University 1996
  • MRCS Member, Royal College of Surgeons of England 2001
  • MRCS Member, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2001
  • FRCS (Eng) Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England 2012
  • DM Doctor of Medicine, New College, Oxford University 2012

Teaching and Training

The training of the next generation of surgeons is an integral part of Emma’s practice. Working in a teaching hospital, students and junior colleagues join her in most outpatient clinics and theatre. In addition, she teaches on regional and national breast surgery courses and is a course convener for the Royal College of Surgeons Specialist Skills in Breast Cancer Course. She maintains an interest in training as a member of the selection panel for the TIG fellowships and is Educational Lead for breast surgery for Liverpool Medical School.

Personal profile

Emma has grown up in Liverpool and Manchester and the North West is her home. She lives in South Manchester with her young family and enjoys running, cycling, skiing and has recently discovered the joys of bootcamp. She plays her clarinet to herself when her family are out of earshot. She will never say “no” to a glass of champagne or slice of chocolate cake!


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