About Dr Chilton Chong

Chilton Chong is a surgeon with over 13 years experience in major teaching hospitals across Australia.  After graduating with honours in medicine from the University of Melbourne Dr Chong completed advanced surgical training through Monash Health before being admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2011.

In 2012 he underwent post-fellowship training  in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, specialising in  breast, thyroid and parathyroid surgery during which time he became certified by the Australasian Society of Ultrasound Medicine for clinician-performed ultrasound.  That year he became a member of  Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons.

In 2013 Dr Chong then trained at the Royal Perth Hospital in the subspecialty of Oncoplastic breast surgery including techniques of breast reduction, breast lift surgery, immediate breast reconstruction and breast symmetry surgery.  In doing so he became one of the first breast surgeons in Australia to have completed the two year post-fellowship training programme of the Breast Surgeons Society of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ).

In 2014 he was invited by his mentors to return to Melbourne as an associate of the respected Southern Breast Oncology to commence practice as a consultant breast-endocrine surgeon with appointments at both public and private hospitals. That same year Dr Chong was made Adjunct Lecturer in Surgery at Monash University and appointed consultant surgeon for BreastScreen Victoria.  Dr Chong went on to be awarded 2014 John Collins Fellow Medal and Travel Grant from the Australian and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group.

Dr Chong stays up to date with the latest treatments by regularly attending overseas conferences and workshops and is himself both an invited reviewer and contributor of research articles in international academic journals in breast surgery.  Not only is Dr Chong involved with teaching surgery to General Surgeons in-training at Monash Health but he is also a Part I examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for doctors wishing to become surgeons in Australia.  Dr Chong understands the anxiety that comes with facing surgery and being diagnosed with cancer.  He is a great communicator who takes particular pride in putting his patients at ease and answering all their questions in plain English so that GPs know their patients will always be well-looked after and aware of all their options.

Chilton is married to his wife Emily and together they have three children, Leah, Marcus and Kayla.

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Scope of Practice

Breast surgery

  • Breast cancer diagnosis and management
  • Oncoplastic techniques in breast cancer patients, including
    • Breast-conserving surgery for large cancers
    • Symmetrising surgery, including breast lift (mastopexy), breast reduction (mammoplasty), breast enlargement (augmentation) and nipple reconstruction
    • Immediate implant breast reconstruction
    • Lipofilling (transferring fat from the thighs/abdomen to correct volume deficits from oncoplastic or reconstructive breast surgery)
  • Surgery to facilitate adjuvant therapy
    • Laparoscopic oophorectomy
    • Central venous access ports for chemotherapy
  • Breast lumps
  • Nipple discharge

Endocrine surgery

  • Thyroid nodules/lumps
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Goitre
  • Hyperparathyroidism

Professional Memberships

Current Research Interests

  • BREAST-Q app development for iPad (Patient Reported Outcome Measure from breast cancer surgery)
  • ROLLIS (Radio-occult Lesion Localisation using Iodine Seed) Randomised Control Trial – Monash site Principal Invesitigator)

Recently Published Research By Dr Chong

“Initial Axillary Surgery: Results from the BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit”,ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2015 Oct; 85 (10):777-782
“Resurveying micrometastases in breast cancer – Have we now turned the corner?”, ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2014 Jun; 84 (6): 401-402
“Impact of geographic location on surgical outcomes of women with breast cancer”, ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2014 Oct; 84 (10):735-739
“Surgical Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer in Relation to Socioeconomic and Insurance Status”, The Breast Journal 2014 Jan;20(1):3-8
“Subsequent Axillary Surgery after Sentinel Node Biopsy: Results from the BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit 2006-2010″, The Breast, 2013 Dec;22(6):1215-9
“Sentinel Node Micrometastases in Breast Cancer: A Survey of ANZ Breast Surgeons”, ANZ Journal of Surgery 2012 Nov; 82(11):766–767

Presentations at national/international conferences

Panellist Case Studies presentation (surgeon) at the Australasian Sonographers Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne
“Socioeconomic Determinants Influencing Immediate Breast Reconstruction in an Australian Tertiary Public Hospital”, McCamley C, Mills CD, Chong C, Ooi C, Fox J. Poster presentation World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer (CoBRA)
“Review of MIRROR trial – Oral presentation at inaugural COSA Trainee Workshop, “Everything you need to know about Breast Cancer”, Melbourne
“Casting Calcifications on Mammography – a predictor of survival in women with small screen-detected invasive breast carcinoma?”
            • Won Prize for Best Paper at General Surgeons of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, Coolum, Queensland
            • Won Marshall Prize in Surgical Training, Southern Health