Dr Emma Clarkson


Dr Emma Clarkson is a Breast and Endocrine Surgeon with a special interest in Oncoplastic breast surgery, breast reconstruction, all benign and malignant breast diseases and management of patients at or potentially at high risk of developing breast cancer.  Dr Clarkson emphasizes best practice care of patients with breast pathology whilst maintaining or restoring breast form as part of an integrated treatment plan. She also manages patients with surgical conditions of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Dr Clarkson’s approach is unhurried and empathetic, working with patients to form a collaborative decision about surgical treatment.  Where appropriate, Emma forms part of multidisciplinary team care. 

After graduating from UQ, Dr Clarkson commenced surgical training at RBWH. She completed her General Surgical Fellowship (FRACS) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2009 before partaking in a Research Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr Clarkson went on to complete a Masters in Medicine by Research at James Cook University focusing on implantable biomedical polymers. She returned to clinical practice to undertake a Surgical Fellowship at the Mater Brisbane Hospital concentrating on Breast, Endocrine and Surgical Oncology in 2013 followed by a dedicated Surgical Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at Westmead Hospital in Sydney in 2014. In 2016, Dr Clarkson graduated first in her cohort with a Masters in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery from the University of East Anglia. Dr Clarkson has obtained the BreastSurgANZ post Fellowship training qualification in breast surgery and is a full member of BreastSurgANZ. Since 2015 Dr Clarkson has maintained a public appointment at Mater Hospital Brisbane as well as a VMO position at the Mater Private Hospital and continues as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Qld.

Dr Clarkson can assist General Practitioners with the assessment and management of the following breast and endocrine conditions in male and female patients:

  • Malignant breast disease

  • Benign breast disease

  • Management of patients at high risk of developing breast cancer

  • Breast cancer risk reduction

  • Breast Reduction

  • Thyroid surgery

  • Parathyroid surgery