Surgeon , Breast Cancer
Liz O’Riordan is a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon and a keen cyclist, triathlete and baker.
Ironically, in July 2015 she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer (ductal, lobular and DCIS) at the age of 40. Since then she has blogged about her treatment to tell her own unique story of being both a doctor and a patient in her own speciality. It's helped her to make her own diagnosis sink in, and has been a way to carry on helping people whilst she has not been able to work.
In 2016, Liz was invited to give a TEDx talk in Stuttgart - Jar of Joy - about how to help someone you know with cancer. Since then, she has written for Grazia, the Pool and Good Housekeeping Magazine. She has recorded a podcast for The Doctor Paradox, written blogs for Breast Cancer Care (such as exercising during breast cancer treatment), The Huffington Post as well as hosting tweetchats for Macmillan about sun safety and retuning to work after a cancer diagnosis. She has also been involved in the Breast Cancer Care BECCA app. Liz also speaks at national and international medical and IT healthcare conferences, as well as to trainee surgeons and medical students about her unique experience.
In 2016 Liz was nominated for a 'Woman of the Year' award, and a Health Education England Patient Leadership award for her blog. In 2017, her blog was Highly Commended at the UK Blog Awards.