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Meet the Team

The team at SMWH have unparalleled experience in Breast health and appearance.
Our team can offer immediate multidisciplinary review of any of your breast concerns.

John Harman

Managing Director, MBChB, FRACS


John set up St Marks Breast Centre in 1993 to provide the most comprehensive breast clinic in New Zealand.
He is a fully qualified Breast and General Surgeon with vast experience in all aspects of breast surgery. He is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Breast Section, the American Breast Society and the International Breast Cancer Study Group.

As a breast surgeon and specialist, John has written and lectured widely on many aspects of breast surgery, in particular breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast augmentation and all aspects of breast cancer surgery.

Stan Govender

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, MBChB FRACS


Stan was born in Durban, South Africa and graduated from the University of Natal in 1988 with a distinction and the prize in General Surgery.

He moved to New Zealand in 1992 and completed postgraduate training obtaining FRACS in 1999.

Stan has 20 years’ experience as an Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at St Marks Breast Centre and practises all aspects of breast surgery including oncologic surgery, sentinel lymph node biopsy, breast reconstruction, breast augmentation and breast reduction.

Stan will tailor your cancer surgery to produce the best possible oncologic and cosmetic result. All your requests will be considered and all your questions answered in a carefully crafted consultation presenting you with all options for each clinical situation.

Stan operates mainly at Auckland Surgical Centre, a Southern Cross Hospital well respected for extremely high surgical standards.

Vanessa Blair

Breast & General Surgeon FRACS, PHD


Dr Blair is an oncoplastic breast surgeon who will work with you to reach a carefully considered decision about the best reconstructive options tailored to your particular circumstances.

Vanessa trained in Auckland and has a PhD in hereditary stomach and breast cancer from Auckland University.

Michelle Locke

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon MBChB, MD, FRACS (Plast)


Dr Locke is fully trained in New Zealand, attending the University of Auckland School of Medicine. As well as her advanced surgical training, she undertook two years of full time research at the University of Auckland School of Biological Sciences to obtain a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) along with her Plastic and reconstructive Surgery qualification (FRACS Plastics) in 2010.

After completing her training, Dr Locke spent two years in North America, honing her skills in breast reconstruction as well as cosmetic and aesthetic surgery…

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Carmen Rosu

Breast Physician MD, FRNZCGP, FRACGP, FASBP


Carmen graduated from Medical School in Romania ,specialising in General Medicine and moved to New Zealand in 2001.

She became a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2005 and Fellow of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians in 2009. She has worked in Breast Medicine in New Zealand and Australia and is the current New Zealand Vice-president of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians .

Carmen is passionate about all aspects of Breast medicine , with a particular interest in early
detection of cancers , performing and interpreting ultrasounds and tissue diagnosis interventional procedures .

She is continuously inspired by her patients and their journeys , is actively involved in breast cancer education lecturing to GP groups as well as educating patients and counselling them on their breast health and various management options .

Tanya Sharp

Breast Physician, MA MBBS


Tanya attended the Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s, London, England where she gained her MBBS. She also holds an MA from Oxford University, England.

Tanya has gained broad clinical experience working in hospitals in England, Australia and New Zealand. She has also pursued teaching and research opportunities.

Tanya joined St Marks Breast Centre in February 2013.

Noreen Tracey

Breast Radiologist MB BCh MRCP FRCR FFRRCSI


Noreen attended medical school at The Queen University in Belfast, graduating in 1986. She spent three years in General Medicine and obtained her MRCP, before a double fellowship in radiology in 1994.

Noreen spent eight years in a busy diagnostic breast clinic and the NHS Breast Screening programme before moving to New Zealand in 2002. Noreen has worked for St Marks as Lead radiologist since 2002.She is a dedicated Breast radiologist and has extensive experience in all aspects of breast imaging. She has also worked a Clinical Director of BreastScreen in Central Auckland for a number of years.

Stephen Bepko

Breast Radiologist MD/Diplomate ABR


Stephen completed his medical training in the United States, including a Breast Imaging Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, NY. As an American Board Certified Radiologist, he recently retired as a Lt Colonel after a 20-year medical career in the United States Air Force and moved to New Zealand in order to practice full-time in the imaging and diagnosis of Breast Cancer.

During his military career, he commanded (ran) a 90-person Radiology Department in Las Vegas, NV, and served as the Chief of Breast Imaging for the USAF Radiology Residency Program located at Travis AFB, CA.

Stephen loves calling Aotearoa home and spends his spare time exploring this beautiful country with his wife and two children.

Claire Martin

Group Nurse Manager


Claire graduated from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) 1997 with a Bachelor of Nursing. She has previously worked in a specialist rehabilitative unit in Christchurch as well as neurosurgical and palliative care unit in London. In 2002 Claire returned to New Zealand, where she joined St Marks Breast Care Centre keen to focus on women’s health and oncological nursing.

After several years providing relief support to St Marks and a breast cancer charity while on maternity leave, Claire has returned in July 2015 as Nurse Manager.

Book to see one of our specialists

The team at SMWH have unparalleled experience in Breast health and appearance. Our team can offer immediate multidisciplinary review of any of your breast concerns.

Call us on 0800 78 62 75

or 09 520 0389

If you need treatment now, we can have you booked in within two weeks.

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