Dr Nipu Jayatilleke

Dr Nipu Jayatilleke

Breast & General Surgeon

BMedSci, MBBS (Hons), MS ( Breast), FRACS.


Dr Nipu Jayatilleke is an Breast and General Surgeon based in central Sydney and southern Sydney, and is a VMO surgeon at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, St.Vincent’s Private, and St.George Private Hospitals.


As a specialist surgeon, Dr Jayatilleke regards the surgical procedure itself as only a very small part of being an excellent surgeon. She sees the trust her patients and their loved ones place in her, as a privilege, and she takes this responsibility very seriously. As a consequence, Dr Jayatilleke’s clinical practice is underpinned by the importance of empowering her patients, at what is often a vulnerable and challenging moment in their lives. Her ability to listen and connect with her patients, and communicate clearly and empathetically, are the non technical skills that Dr Jayatilleke prides in herself. She knows that modern cancer treatment is a multidisciplinary team approach, and having open, collaborative communication between herself, oncology teams and the patient’s General Practitioner are intrinsic to providing outstanding care.


Dr Jayatilleke is located at our Miranda clinic.



Dr Jayatilleke completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at The University of Sydney. She graduated from Medicine with Honours, as well as the Harold John Ritchie Prize for Clinical Medicine. She completed a Master’s degree in Surgery for her work in optimising care of women with lymph node positive breast cancer, for which she was awarded the John Lowenthal Medal.


After being awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Jayatilleke undertook extensive sub-specialty training in breast surgical oncology and oncoplastic surgery.  Through the BreastSurgANZ postgraduate program, she spent two years of training at the high volume centres of Waikato Hospital in New Zealand, and the world renowned Breast Cancer Institute at Westmead Hospital in Australia. Dr Jayatilleke is a full member of Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand, as well as General Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand. 


Dr Jayatilleke is a dedicated surgical educator. In addition to teaching clinical surgery to students at both the University of Sydney and The University of New South Wales, she is also the Deputy Director of Surgical Skills training at RPAH, as well as Site Director for Junior Surgical Trainees at RPAH. She is on the RACS faculty for a number of courses teaching CCriSP and ASSET courses.  


Dr Jayatilleke is passionate not just about women’s health, but women in leadership and diversity in medicine and surgery.  Dr Jayatilleke is a strong advocate in her profession. As an active member of the RACS, RACS Women In Surgery, and the Younger Fellows section, She convened the first joint leadership forum for emerging leaders between RACS and ANZCA, is a regular panellist in NSW RACS Younger Fellows Professional Development events, and a founding member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Younger Fellows section of the NSW RACS. Dr Jayatilleke presents a dynamic voice for diversity and equity within surgery.

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  • 2018 Master of Surgery, The University of Sydney. 
  • 2013-15 Postgraduate Fellowship (Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand), Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, The Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital, Sydney. 
  • 2012-13 Postgraduate Fellowship (Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand), Oncoplastic Breast, Endocrine and General Surgery, Waikato Hospital, New Zealand. 
  • 2012 Awarded Fellowship in General Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • 2008-11 Advanced Surgical Trainee, Western Sydney Rotation,Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Various units, including a SET 4 role in Head and Neck/Surgical Oncology at Westmead Hospital. 
  • 2006-07 Basic Surgical Trainee, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • 2005 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (1st class Honours), The University of Sydney.
  • 2000 Bachelor of Medical Science, The University of Sydney.


  • 2018 The John Loewenthal Medal for Master of Surgery  The John Loewenthal Scientific Society, University of Sydney.


  • 2008 Award for Outstanding Teaching Contribution Australian National University Medical Faculty, Canberra Hospital Clinical School.


  • 2004 Harold John Ritchie Memorial Prize for Clinical Medicine  The Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 
  • Full Member, General Surgeons Australia.
  • Full Member, Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Full Member, Australasian Society of Breast Disease.

Clinical Interests

  • Breast symptom assessment
  • Breast cancer – risk assessment and surveillance
  • Breast surgery – benign and malignant conditions
  • Multidisciplinary care of breast patients

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