Claire Temple-Oberle (Canada)

Professor of Surgical-Oncology

Dr. Temple-Oberle is a University of Calgary Professor cross-appointed to the Departments of Oncology and Surgery, with a special interest in reconstructive plastic surgery. She completed her MD at Queen’s University, a plastic surgery residency at the University of Western Ontario, and fellowships at MD Anderson Cancer Center in reconstructive microsurgery and surgical oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Prior to joining the University of Calgary team, Dr. Temple-Oberle worked in the Departments of Surgery and Oncology at University of Western Ontario from 2003 to 2011. During this time, she completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has recently completed her Masters of Medical Education through the University of Dundee. Dr. Temple-Oberle’s current practice specializes in oncological reconstruction, particularly in breast cancer and melanoma. She conducts research focused on improving the quality of life for breast cancer survivors, integrating technology and ERAS protocols to improve surgical outcomes and patient experience, and medical treatment of in-transit melanoma. Her current focus is surgical prevention of lymphedema in cancer surgery patients by using microsurgical technique to reroute the lymphatic system through the venous system. In addition to her oncological work, Dr. Temple-Oberle is also an advocate for access to surgical treatment of body dysmorphia for transgender individuals.