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Dr. Brackstone attended the University of Western Ontario, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physiology in 1992, and a Master's degree in Neurosciences in 1994. She attended Medical school at UWO and graduated in 1999 (gold medalist). She received her training in General Surgery in London, ON and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2004, concurrently with her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Her fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology was completed in Toronto in 2005 under Dr. Claire Holloway and Dr. David McCready at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. Her research interests include breast ultrasound to improve lumpectomy techniques, translational breast cancer research, and specialty clinics for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer (LABC) patients and Young Women with Breast Cancer (fertility and genetics issues). Other clinical interests include thyroid surgery, laparoscopic procedures and a varied general surgical practice.