EUBREAST 04 (R) MELODY – MEthods for LOcalization of Different types of breast lesions

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A prospective non-interventional multicenter cohort study to evaluate different imagingguided methods for localization of malignant breast lesions

The MELODY Team 

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. med. Maggie Banys-Paluchowski

  • Vice-Chair of EUBREAST e.V.
  • Head of Breast Cancer Center
  • Head of Center for Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer
  • University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein Campus Lübeck

Deputy Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. med. Thorsten Kühn

  • Chairman of EUBREAST
  • Head of Breast Cancer Center
  • Die Filderklinik Filderstadt, Germany

International Steering Board

Prof. Dr. Jana de Boniface

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Department of Surgery, Breast Centre
  • Capio St. Göran’s Hospital Stockholm, Sweden 

Rajiv Dave, BSc, MBChB, MRCSEd, MD, FRCSEd

  • Consultant Oncoplastic Breast and Endocrine Surgeon
  • Nightingale & Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Oreste Gentilini

  • Chair of EUBREAST
  • Head of Department of Breast Surgery
  • Ospedale San Raffaele Milan, Italy

Prof. Bahadır M. Güllüoglu, MD, FACS, FEBS (Hon)

  • President of SENATURK
  • Department of Surgery, Breast Surgery Unit
  • Marmara University School of Medicine and SENATURK Turkish Academy of Senology Istanbul, Turkey

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Hahn

  • President of German Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM)
  • Head of Experimental Senology
  • Department of Women’s Health University Hospital Tübingen Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

James Harvey, MBBS.FRCS Ed. PHd

  • Nightingale & Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre
  • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Manchester, United Kingdom

ProfDrGüldeniz Karadeniz Çakmak

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Director of Breast and Endocrine Unit
  • Zonguldak BEUN The School of Medicine Kozlu/Zonguldak, Turkey

Dr. Andreas Karakatsanis, M.D., Ph.D., FEBS-Breast

  • Senior Consultant, Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon
  • Clinical Lead, Section for Breast Surgery
  • Department of Surgery, Uppsala University Hospital, Upsala, Sweden

Dr. Ash Kothari

  • Oncoplastic & Reconstructive Breast Surgeon
  • Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Senior Lecturer, Kings College, London, United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Lux, MBA

  • Head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Frauenklinik St. Louise
  • Frauen- und Kinderklinik St. Louise
  • St. Vincenz Krankenhaus GmbH
  • Paderborn, Germany 

Shelley Potter, BSc (Hons), M.B.Ch.B.(Hons), PhD, FHEA, FRCS

  • Chair of the Executive Group of iBRA-NET
  • Ass. Professor of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Bristol Medical School (THS)
  • Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr. Isabel Rubio

  • President of EUSOMA
  • President-Elect of European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)
  • Head of Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid, Spain

Prof. Marjolein Smidt

  • Department of Surgical Oncology
  • Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Walter Weber

  • Founder of the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium (OPBC)
  • Chief of Division of Breast Surgery
  • Department of Surgery
  • Basel University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Heads of National Steering Committees

Argentina- Verónica Fabiano,MD

  • Breast Cancer Surgeon
  • Instituto Alexander Fleming, Buenos Aires, Argentina

AustriaDr Florentia Peintinger

  • Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

DenmarkDr. med. ph.d Tove Filtenborg Tvedskov

  • Consultant, Associated professor
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Dept of Breast Surgery
  • Herlev & Gentofte University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark

DenmarkDr. Lina Pankratjevaite, MD (Member of the Steering Committee)

  • Consultant breast surgeon
  • Department of Breast Surgery
  • Herlev & Gentofte University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark

EgyptKhaled Abdelwahab, MD

  • Assistant professor of Surgical Oncology 
  • Mansoura Oncology Center- Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

FranceDr Séverine Alran

  • Head of Breast & Gynecologic Surgery Service
  • Groupe hospitalier Paris Saint Joseph

GermanyProf. Dr. med. Nina Ditsch

  • Head of Breast Cancer Center
  • University Hospital Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

GreeceProf. Dr. Michalis Kontos

  • 1st Department of Surgery
  • University of Athens
  • Laiko Hospital, Athens, Greece

IndiaProf. S.V.S. Deo

  • President of the Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI)
  • President Elect of the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology (IASO)
  • President of the NCR Oncology Forum; Head of Delhi Cancer Registry
  • Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology
  • BRA-IRCH & National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110029, India

IrelandProf. Aoife Lowery, MB BCh BAO, MMedSci, FRCS, PhD

  • Consultant Breast Surgeon & Professor in Surgery
  • University of Galway, Ireland

ItalyDr. Rosa Di Micco

  • San Raffaele University and Research Hospital, Milan, Italy

KoreaDr. Jai Min Ryu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Division of Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery
Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Korea

PeruLía Pamela Rebaza, M.D.

  • Breast Surgeon
  • Clinica Oncosalud Auna, Lima, Peru

PolandProf. Dr n. med. Dawid Murawa

  • President of the Polish Surgical Society
  • Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology
  • Collegium Medicum
  • University of Zielona Gora, Zielona Góra, Poland

PortugalMaria Antónia Vasconcelos, MD

  • Breast Unit
  • Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

South AfricaDr Sarah Nietz

  • Breast Surgeon, Morningside Medi-Clinic
  • Lecturer Department of Surgery
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

South AfricaDr Francois Malherbe

  • Head of Breast and Endocrine Surgery Unit
  • Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

SpainDr Antonio J. Esgueva, MD, PhD

  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid, Spain

Sweden – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jana de Boniface

  • Oncoplastic breast surgeon, Capio St Goran Hospital,
  • Senior Researcher, Karolinska Instituet, Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andreas Karakatsanis

  • Associate Professor / Reader in Breast Surgery, Uppsala University
  • Senior Consultant, Clinical Lead, Section for Breast Surgery, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

SwitzerlandDr. Maria Luisa Gasparri

  • Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • University of the Italian Switzerland
  • Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland

TurkeyProf. N. Zafer Canturk, MD, FACS, FEBS

  • First Vice-President of SENATURK Senology Academy
  • CEO/General Director of the Kocaeli University Hospital, Kocaeli, Kocaeli University School of Medicine
  • Department of General Surgery, Kocaeli, Turkey

TurkeyProf. Neslihan Cabioglu, MD, PhD, FEBS

  • Istanbul University
  • Istanbul Faculty of Medicine
  • Department of General Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey

United Kingdom Dr Yazan Masannat, MBBS, MRCSI, MRCSEd, DBRM, FEBS, FRCSEd, MD

  • Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
  • Aberdeen Breast Unit
  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Contact details

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Documents for Download

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  • Initation Videoconference
  • German-language Initiation Videoconference
  • Poster presentation at the ASCO 2023: MELODY video abstract

Study Support

The patient enrollment started in Q1 2023.

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