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Rajesh Patel - Northland Breast, Endocrine, Melanoma and General Surgeon

Private Service, General Surgery, Breast, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Oncology


Mr Rajesh Patel is a Specialist Breast, Melanoma and Endocrine (Thyroid and Parathyroid) Surgeon.

Mr Rajesh (Raj) Patel is a New Zealand trained general surgeon specialising in oncoplastic breast cancer management and surgery, endocrine surgical treatment and in particular thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and melanoma surgery, including lymph node surgery. He is also trained in the wider surgical management of skin cancer, which includes squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

His sub-specialty training included:

  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, Calgary, Canada - specialising in parathyroid, thyroid, and adrenal diseases
  • Fellowship in Breast Surgery, Melbourne, Australia - specialising in oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Honorary Melanoma Fellow, Melbourne, Australia - specialising in melanoma and skin cancer.

Raj consults from Northland Surgical and Endoscopy in Whangārei and operates at Kensington Hospital.

Raj treats all his patients like his family, and always gives personalised, honest and specialised expert surgical care to the patients of Northland.

Raj is also full time at Whangārei Hospital where his practice is almost 100% cancer management and Raj has operated on over 400 cancer patients- this is an astounding 100 patients per year since Raj has been in Northland. These cancers have been mostly breast cancer and melanoma cancer. Raj is the main melanoma surgeon at Whangārei Hospital and is one of three breast surgeons.

Raj also performs surgery for inguinal and umbilical hernias, lipoma, and gall bladder surgery. Raj can also provide gastroscopy services.

Raj is the patron to the Breast Cancer Support Northland Trust. This amazing group supports breast cancer patients in Northland. Raj is honoured and proud to be a part of this group. 

Raj is a member of many surgical societies both in New Zealand and worldwide, these include:

  • Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    • Rural Surgery Section Member
    • Endocrine Surgery Section Member
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons Association
  • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand
  • Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group
  • Australasian Association of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Melanoma Network of New Zealand
  • Melanoma Research and Therapy Special Interest Group
  • Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient Course instructor


  • Mr Raj Patel

    Breast, Thyroid, Parathyroid, Melanoma (skin) & General Surgeon

Referral Expectations

When you come to your appointment, your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. This process may also require a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes this can all be done during one visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before your appointment to try to speed up the process.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your surgeon will discuss treatment with you. In some instances this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with medication and advice. If surgery is advised, the steps involved in the surgical process and the likely outcome are usually discussed with you at this time.


Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for:

  • Consultations and clinic based procedures (breast biopsies, thyroid biopsies)
  • Skin biopsies, excisions
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder surgery)
  • Hernia repair - inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional

ACC provider for:

  • Hernia repair - inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional
  • Other general surgical procedures, when claims accepted by ACC

NIB first choice provider for:

  • Consultations and surgical procedures


Please contact the practice during business hours, Monday to Friday, for all questions and appointments.

  • Consulting times: Tuesday afternoon 1.30pm - 5pm.
  • Raj is more than happy to see you outside of these hours, after work, just give us a call to arrange a time- I am more than happy to try and accommodate you where I can.
  • Operating day: Wednesday morning at Kensington Hospital.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Breast Cancer, breast diseases and Familial breast diseases

    Breast Cancer is very common in New Zealand, and every week I operate on at least two breast cancers.… More

  • Breast Cancer Surgery

    This may be:

    Simple or Total: all breast tissue, skin and the nipple are surgically removed but the muscles lying under the breast and the lymph nodes are left in place.… More

  • Thyroid, Parathyroid Surgery

    An incision (cut) is made in the front of and at the base of the neck and part or all of the thyroid gland is removed.… More

  • Skin Disorders

    Skin conditions dealt with by general surgery include lumps, tumours and other lesions of the skin and underlying tissues.… More

  • Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma

    New Zealand has a very high rate of skin cancer, when compared to other countries.… More

  • Gastroscopy

    This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and examine the lining directly. … More

  • Hernias

    A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened, and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside.… More


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Northland Surgical & Endoscopy
78 Western Hills Drive
Northland 0112

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78 Western Hills Drive
Northland 0112

This page was last updated at 3:24PM on August 30, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Rajesh Patel - Northland Breast, Endocrine, Melanoma and General Surgeon.