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Auckland Oncoplastic Breast Institute - Katherine Gale

Private Service, General Surgery, Breast, Oncology



Katherine Gale a qualified general surgeon with sub-specialisation in surgical oncology.  She is passionate about breast surgery and wants to offer women a more comprehensive service when faced with breast disease.  She holds a consultant position at Waitemata DHB in general surgery, oncoplastic breast and skin cancer surgical oncology.

Katherine is one of a few female specialist oncoplastic breast surgeons in New Zealand who practice all aspects of breast oncology and reconstruction. An expert in diagnostic and minimally-invasive treatment methods for all types of breast disease and, following a breast cancer diagnosis, she can offer a full range of partial and whole breast reconstruction options. Katherine believes in offering evidence based research to patients when tailoring a surgical solution, and has done extensive research in both breast oncology and reconstruction.

Katherine also offers skin cancer surgery including facial flap and graft reconstructions following cancer excision and melanoma surgery.

What is oncoplastic surgery?
Oncoplastic surgery merges the principles of oncologic surgery, in which cancerous tissue is removed, with those of some plastic surgical techniques which reconstruct an area of the breast removed in partial mastectomy or the whole breast if a mastectomy is necessary.  This can usually be done in one operation.

In oncoplastic breast conserving surgery, plastic surgery techniques such as breast reduction or breast lift (mastopexy) are used at the time of lumpectomy to restore or often improve the natural appearance to the breast shape.  In a smaller breast, local tissue flaps from the chest wall can fill in a defect left by the partial mastectomy to prevent deformity and hide scars off the breast mound itself.


Referral Expectations

When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before your appointment to try to speed up the process.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your surgeon will discuss treatment with you. In some instances this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with medication and advice. If surgery is advised, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.


Katherine is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for services under the General Surgery and Skin categories. 

Affiliated providers organise prior approval for the healthcare service you need and claims on your behalf.


Tue8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Dr Gale consults at the  Northern Clinic, Specialist Centre,  212 Wairau Road (Entry A) Glenfield, Auckland 0627.

Clinics every Tuesday morning  8.30am - 12.30 

Urgent appointments are available outside these times.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Breast Cancer Surgery

    This may be:

    Simple or Total: all breast tissue, skin and the nipple are surgically removed but the muscles lying under the breast and the lymph nodes are left in place.… More

  • Breast Reconstruction

    When a breast has been removed (mastectomy) because of cancer or other disease, it is possible in most cases to reconstruct a breast similar to a natural breast.… More

  • Melanoma Treatment Including Surgery and MDT Referrals


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Auckland Oncoplastic Breast Institute
Northern Clinic
212 Wairau Road (Entry A)
Auckland 0627

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Auckland Oncoplastic Breast Institute
Northern Clinic
212 Wairau Road (Entry A)
Auckland 0627

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Auckland Oncoplastic Breast Institute
Northern Clinic
212 Wairau Road (Entry A)
Auckland 0627

This page was last updated at 9:52AM on April 22, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland Oncoplastic Breast Institute - Katherine Gale.