Mr Iain Brown was born in Salford and schooled in Bury, Lancashire. He gained his undergraduate medical degrees at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester. He undertook a prestigious internship in Breast and General Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York before qualifying with distinction in surgery and was awarded his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with honours in 1994.
After teaching anatomy and undergraduate medical sciences at the University of Leeds, he commenced the Basic Surgical Training programme at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He completed the written, oral and clinical examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1998 (FRCS (Ed)).
In 1999 Mr Brown commenced Higher Specialist Training in General Surgery in the North West Deanery concentrating on Breast and Reconstructive Breast Surgery at North Manchester General, Stepping Hill Hospital Stockport, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, the Christie Hospital and South Manchester University Hospitals. He passed the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in General Surgery, was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in General Surgery (FRCSEd(Gen Surg)) in February 2005 and went on to gain the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in December 2005.
He was the first nationally recognised Oncoplastic Breast Fellow based at Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow in 2003/4 where he built up a portfolio of clinical based research on Immediate Breast Reconstruction including the aesthetic effects of radiotherapy on the autologous latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction.
His research has been published and presented at several national and international meetings (including Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland 2003, British Association of Plastic Surgeons 2003, 2004 and San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, USA Dec 2004).
Whilst in training he was the co-founder and Chairman of the Mammary Fold, The National Association of Breast Trainees under the auspices of the Association of Breast Surgeons at the British Association of Surgical Oncology (ABS@BASO). He remains committed to the further development of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Training in the South West and the UK and is a lecturer and faculty member in the Breast Training Portfolio for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is an Honorary University Fellow, clinical supervisor, tutor, examiner and lecturer at the Peninsula Medical School and an Honorary E-Tutor and Lecturer at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for the Masters of Surgery (MS) in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery with the Royal college of Surgeons of England. He is a co-founding member of the South West Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons Network (SWOBS).
Mr Brown was appointed as a Locum Consultant Oncoplastic Breast and General Surgeon at Worcestershire Royal Infirmary to assist development of their new Oncoplastic & Reconstructive service before taking up his substantive appointment as Consultant at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals in July 2006.
Mr Brown has recently completed a visiting travelling fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery in Tel Aviv with Dr Michael Scheflan (November 2010). He has also participated in several International Breast Reconstruction and Cosmetic Breast Surgery training programmes, including the series of Allergan Academy Augmentation Courses based at the Akademiklinikenin Stockholm, Sweden with Dr Per Heden (2005-2013).
He was also Faculty Member of the 1st Basic Surgical Skills Course under the auspices of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the United Nations World Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) for Palestinian Surgeons held at The Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem (May 2011).
He has also been an Invited Speaker at International Conferences on Oncoplastic Breast Surgery;
The Nordic Oncoplastic & Reconstructive Breast Surgery Courses (NORBS), Oslo 2012, Helsinki 2013, Reykjavik 2014. The 3rd Annual Interspecialty Breast Symposium – Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Tel Aviv May 2012. The 3rd International Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Nottingham, UK (ORBS – Sept 2011) and at Associação para o Desenvolvimento Científico de Cirurgia Plástica e Reconstrutiva, Lisboa, Portugal (June 2007).
Mr Brown was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship Ad Eundem from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in April 2013 . He was recommended to College Council by the Barber Professor of Surgical Anatomy Vishy Mahadevan in recognition for his ongoing commitment to postgraduate lecturing and teaching in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
As Cornwall's first Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon, since 2006 he has successfully introduced and developed the new and comprehensive Oncoplastic breast service for the women of Cornwall and is the Specialty Lead Surgeon of the Mermaid Breast Unit and Centre of Excellence at St Michaels Hospital, Hayle. The Mermaid has just become the first Breast Unit in the UK to be endorsed by Breakthrough Breast cancer with their successful Service Pledge.