AIBC is delighted to welcome our esteemed faculty.
- Yoland Antill
Assoc Professor Yoland Antill works as a Medical Oncologist and as a Cancer Genetics specialist within the public and private sector in Melbourne with over 20 years of experience in each discipline. Her working and research interests are in the management of Breast and Gynaecological cancers together with Hereditary Cancer Syndromes. She is the current chair of ANZGOG’s Uterine Tumour working Group and a member of their Research Advisory Committee. Additionally, she has advisory roles with Breast Cancer Network of Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia as well as a number of Industry related boards. Yoland is the lead investigator for a number of local and international research studies and is involved in the development and conduct of clinical and supportive care trials and has published extensively within peer review journals.
- Caroline Baker
Caroline is Head of Breast Surgery at St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne, after having serving for 6 years as Director of Breast Services at the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre. She is also Chief Surgeon to St Vincent’s Breast Screen . She gained her FRACS in 1994, then spent 5 years in The UK, subspecialising in the emerging field of breast surgery under the mentorship Mr. Mark Kissin and at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Caroline is a foundation member of BreastSurgANZ, a longterm member of the Australasian Society of Breast Diseases and has been a member of BCT/ANZBCTG since 1998. Caroline regularly teaches students, junior doctors and registrars through The University of Melbourne, lymphoedema practitioners, nurses and volunteers within the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. She has a special interest in neoadjuvant therapy, lymphedema prevention and multidisciplinary care.
- Fran Boyle
Fran Boyle is a Medical Oncologist at North Sydney’s Mater Hospital, where she is Director of the Patricia Ritchie Centre for Cancer Care and Research, and Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory committees of BCT and IBCSG and has been involved in all facets of clinical trial research in breast cancer.
- Patrick Borgen, USA
Patrick Borgen, USA
- Robyn Box
Dr Robyn Box MPhty PhD
APA Cancer Care and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist
Robyn has worked in Cancer Care and Lymphoedema for over 35 years in public and private health care settings, completing her PhD in 2000 investigating the effects of Physiotherapy for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Early Detection of Lymphoedema introduced initially in 1993. Robyn’s commitment to providing individualized evidence-based best practice culminated in opening a private clinic in 2005, translating her prospective surveillance model into clinical practice. Physiotherapy rehabilitation, exercise prescription, lymphoedema awareness and early detection and management is integral to optimizing health and well-being for patients diagnosed with cancer and/or lymphoedema as part of the “MOVES for Life” programme offered.
- Andrew Broadbent
Associate Prof Andrew Broadbent BMedSc, MBChB (Otago), MHM (UNSW) FRACP, FAChPM,
Andrew is the Medical Director of the Supportive and Specialist Palliative Services at Gold Coast Health He moved in 2016 from Royal North Shore Hospital and Hammondcare in Northern Sydney.
He has a long-term interest in developing best practice services through redesign and change He has a Master of Health Management at the University of New South Wales that helped give him the theoretical knowledge to do this best as possible along with the practical experience in hospital management at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and that of a Director of Specialist Palliative services for nearly 20 years.
He is the acting chair of the Queensland Health Statewide Palliative Care Network, a member of the Statewide Directors group for Palliative Care in Queensland and a member of the Clinical Council at Gold Coast Health and is an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor at Bond University
- Raymond Chan
Prof Ray Chan (RN, PhD, FACN) is Chair in Cancer Nursing, jointly appointed by Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health and Queensland University of Technology. Prof Chan’s research program focuses on optimising models of care and health services’ responses to address the needs of people affected by cancer in the survivorship phase. Prof Chan has published 140 peer-reviewed articles. In total, he has attracted >$21.5 million AUD of research funding as Chief Investigator. Prof Chan is an internationally recognised expert in cancer survivorship. He is the current Chair for the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) Survivorship Group.
- Peter Chin
Peter Chin is the lead breast surgeon at Tauranga Hospital, New Zealand . He graduated from the University of Melbourne and gained post-fellowship experience at the Edinburgh Breast Unit. Peter is an executive director of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease, a member of the Oncoplastic subcommittee of BreastSurgANZ and is an honorary lecturer with the University of Auckland. He is a passionate teacher in Oncoplastic surgery, having convened several Oncoplastic workshops and contributed to the University of Sydney’s Breast course. Peter performs a wide range of Oncoplastic procedures including Therapeutic Mammaplasty, Perforator flaps, fat grafting, Implant-based as well as autologous Lat Dorsi Flap reconstruction.
- Boon H. Chua
Dr Boon H Chua is Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, and Consultant Radiation Oncologist and Director of Cancer and Haematology Services at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia. With exclusive clinical and academic subspecialisation in breast cancer, she leads an expanding programme of competitive grant-funded, academic oncology research in collaboration with cooperative clinical trials groups worldwide.
She has been actively involved in the Breast International Group (BIG) as Chief Investigator of BIG 3-07/TROG 07.01 DCIS and ANZ 1601/BIG 16-02 EXPERT randomised trials. Dr Chua is voting representative of the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) to the General Assembly, and has been an elected member of the BIG Executive Board since 2017.
Dr Chua holds leadership positions in a diverse range of national and international research and professional organisations. She is current Chair of the TROG Breast Group, Scientific Advisory Committee Executive of Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) Australia and New Zealand, and Scientific Committee member of international congresses.
- Steven David
Steven David, Australia
- Sarah-Jane Dawson
Professor Sarah-Jane Dawson is a clinician-scientist. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 1998, and trained as a medical oncologist in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Following postdoctoral studies at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, she returned to Melbourne in 2014 to head the Molecular Biomarkers and Translational Genomics Laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She also holds a joint appointment with the Centre of Cancer Research at The University of Melbourne (since 2016) and currently holds a CSL Centenary Fellowship (2018-2022). She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and was recipient of the Jian Zhou Medal in recognition of translational medical science in 2020. Her current research interests are focused on the development of noninvasive blood-based biomarkers (‘liquid biopsies’) for clinical application, including early detection, risk stratification and disease monitoring in cancer management..
- Richard de Boer
Dr. Richard De Boer completed his basic medical and oncology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and then in 1997 undertook a 3-year breast and lung cancer clinical research fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, working with Professor Ian Smith.
He returned to Melbourne in 2000 and since then has been a consultant medical oncologist working in both public and private practice. His primary areas of clinical interest are in breast and lung cancer, with breast cancer interests focusing on endocrine therapy and mechanisms of resistance, treatment-induced bone loss and bone metastases, and biological predictors of response/survival. He is actively involved in clinical research, and is a member of the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group, and head of the Breast Trials group of Cancer Trials Australia. He has authored or co-authored articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, The Breast and British Journal of Cancer.
- Rebecca Dent
Rebecca Dent is Senior Consultant in the Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Center Singapore and is Chief of the Breast Medical Oncology Service.
She is also an Associate Professor at Duke-National University Singapore Medical School. Dr Dent received her medical degree in 2000 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and obtained her Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Toronto, Canada. She obtained her internal medicine and medical oncology training at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr Dent’s primary research interest is in the field of breast cancer, focusing on locally advanced breast cancer and triple-negative breast cancers. She is principal investigator for several clinical trials for the treatment of preoperative and advanced breast cancer. She serves on a number of scientific committees at ASCO, ESMO and ESMO Asia.
- Elisabeth Elder
Elisabeth Elder is a specialist breast surgeon at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, with a special interest in oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery. She is involved in numerous research projects and clinical trials within the Westmead Breast Cancer Research Collaborative. She graduated from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden in 1992, where she also completed her general surgery training and a PhD in tumour biology in 2002. She is the President of ASBD and previous chair of the oncoplastic committee of Breast Surgeon in Australia and New Zealand and council member of Breast Surgeons International. She regularly participates in breast cancer education for medical professionals, students as well as patient groups and the broader community.
- Jane Fox
Jane Fox, Australia
- Prudence Francis
Prudence Francis commenced Medical Oncology training in Australia and subsequently completed training in the USA. She spent 4 years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 1994 she was appointed as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Since 2003 she has been the Clinical Lead for Breast Medical Oncology at Peter MacCallum. She is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZ BCTG). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG). She is a panel member on the Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) International Consensus Panel and the St Gallen International Consensus Panel for Primary Therapy of Early Breast Cancer. As a clinician researcher she has focused much of her research on randomized breast cancer trials.
- Jenny Gilchrist
Jenny Gilchrist is a Nurse Practitioner in Breast Oncology at Macquarie University Hospital, one of only four breast cancer specialist nurse practitioners in Australia. She also works for the McGrath Foundation as the Chief Clinical Lead for the Metastatic McGrath Breast Cancer nurses.
Jenny has twenty years nursing experience in oncology and palliative care, in both adults and children, and holds an honorary position as Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University. She a member on the board of directors of the Australasian Society for Breast Diseases and is a sub-investigator on several phase 2 and 3 breast cancer clinical trials at Macquarie University.
Her clinical interests and passions include breast cancer, supportive care and the prevention of burnout in healthcare professionals. Jenny also has a strong interest in clinical research, particularly that which aims to improve patient symptoms, care and quality of life.
- Shom Goel
Dr. Shom Goel is a breast cancer physician-scientist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. He is known for his study of the cell cycle machinery and senescence in breast cancer, and in particular for elucidating key mechanisms by which CDK4/6 inhibitors exert their activity. His preclinical research has been published in journals such as Nature, Cancer Cell, and Nature Cancer, and has triggered the development of randomised controlled trials that are poised to change clinical practice.
- Phillip Good
Dr Phillip Good is a Palliative Medicine Specialist working at Mater Health Services and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Brisbane. He also has an appointment as a Clinical Professor at the University of Queensland, and Associate Professor at University of Technology Sydney. He tries to combine clinical practice in palliative care with research aimed at improving patient outcomes.
- Simon Gray
Simon Gray, Australia
- Ben Green
Ben Green, Australia
- Gavin Harris
Gavin Harris, New Zealand
- Martha Hickey
Martha Hickey is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. She initially trained and worked as a Clinical Psychologist, and then studied medicine at Bristol University, She was awarded Doctorate in Reproductive Health from Bristol University and moved to Australia from Imperial College London in 2001. She is a member of the World Health Organisation Human Reproduction Program Research Panel and Senior Editor for the Cochrane Collaboration. Professor Hickey has clinical and research interests in menopause, and in particular the management of menopause after cancer.
- Alice Ho
My clinical practice is devoted solely to treatment of breast cancer patients. My research focuses on improving clinical outcomes in breast cancer patients and reducing toxicities related to radiation treatment for breast cancer. I am engaged in 3 lines of research: 1) Developing clinical trials that examine rationale combinations of radiation with DNA repair-based therapy or immunotherapy in patients with refractory/recurrent triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) 2) Applying innovative medical physics techniques (i.e. intensity modulated radiation therapy; IMRT) in order to minimize radiation toxicities for breast cancer patients with implant reconstructions 3) Identifying novel imaging modalities that can serve as early surrogates of cardiotoxicities following radiation for breast cancer.
- Paul James
Assoc Prof Paul A James is a Clinical Geneticist from Melbourne. He is the director of the Parkville Familial Cancer Centre (Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Head of Clinical Genetics in the Department of Genomic Medicine (RMH). He leads a program of clinical research including discovery and translational projects emphasising familial cancer and the genetics of inherited cardiac disorders, and is a group leader in Familial Cancer research at Peter MacCallum.
- Stephen Johnston
Prof. Stephen Johnston is Professor of Breast Cancer Medicine and Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust & Institute of Cancer Research, London. He was the first Director of the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Cancer at the Royal Marsden. He graduated in 1983 from Trinity College at The University of Cambridge, and in 1986 from The Medical School at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He trained in General Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital in London, and subsequently in Medical Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He gained his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research at the University of London, and took up his current position as Medical Oncologist on the Breast Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1997. He has a specialist interest in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and his major research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of endocrine resistance in breast cancer. He is actively involved in facilitating the interface between basic and applied research, and is chief investigator of several phase II / III trials of novel therapeutic approaches in advanced disease, including new endocrine therapies and targeted signal transduction inhibitors. He has published over 230 breast cancer related articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is a regular invited lecturer at national & international meetings. He is a member of several scientific committees and advisory boards, a Faculty Member at the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the Deputy-Editor of the international journal ‘Breast Cancer Research’, and a former Trustee of the UK charity ‘Breast Cancer Campaign’ having also been Chairman of their Scientific Advisory Board.
- Belinda Kiely
Dr Belinda Kiely is a medical oncologist who sub-specialises in breast cancer. She is a Staff Specialist at Concord and Campbelltown hospitals in Sydney, Australia and a Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Oncology Prognostication Program Lead at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney. Her research interests include breast cancer treatment, prognostication and survivorship. Dr Kiely is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Breast Cancer Trials ANZ; co-chair of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia Breast Cancer Expert Group; and a member of the Breast Cancer Network Australia Strategic Advisory Group.
- Judy Kirk
A/Prof Kirk is a specialist in cancer genetics who has worked in cancer care for almost 40 years. She gained her medical degree at Sydney University in 1980. She originally trained in paediatric oncology, then molecular genetics. Since 1994 A/Prof Kirk has been the Director of the Familial Cancer Service at Westmead, a service that provides genetic counselling and testing for families with a strong family history of cancer. She participates in local and national research regarding the familial aspects of cancer and has played a key role in leading this new clinical discipline in Australia. Although her role is largely clinical, her collaborative research has generated over 140 publications in peer reviewed journals.
- David Kirchhoffer
Dr. David Kirchhoffer is Director of the Queensland Bioethics Centre at Australian Catholic University. He conducts research, teaching and consultancy in bioethical issues. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, he is the author of Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics (Teneo Press, 2013) and co-editor with Bernadette Richards of Beyond Autonomy: Limits and Alternatives to Informed Consent in Human Research Ethics (Cambridge UP, 2019).
- Louise Koelmeyer
Dr Louise Koelmeyer is the Director of the Australian Lymphoedema Education, Research and Treatment (ALERT) program at Macquarie University and is involved in strategically managing and developing the education, research and treatment arms of the innovative and internationally recognised “Centre of Excellence” multidisciplinary program. Louise is a lymphoedema therapist (Occupational therapist), educator and researcher with over 30 years of experience in both public and private settings specialising in breast cancer rehabilitation and lymphoedema management. Her area of interest is on the prospective surveillance and early intervention model of care for the early detection and management of lymphoedema as well as innovative advances in conservative and surgical management.
- Sanjeev Kumar
Sanjeev Kumar is a Medical Oncologist and Clinician Scientist who grew up in country NSW, before completing undergraduate medical studies at the University of New South Wales in 2006. He trained as a Medical Oncologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and in the United Kingdom.
Sanjeev moved to Cambridge (UK) in 2015 to undertake a Drug Development Fellowship. He was then awarded a University of Cambridge scholarship in 2016 to complete a cancer molecular biology PhD at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, with a focus on Oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Simultaneously, he ran a UK-wide clinical trial for patients with ER-positive breast cancer. Sanjeev has now returned to Australia where he continues his clinical and academic focus on breast cancer with positions at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He has a keen interest in the education of trainees, public engagement and clinical trials.
- Sunil R. Lakhani
Sunil Lakhani is a clinical diagnostic and molecular pathologist. He is the Executive Director of Research and Senior Staff Specialist at Pathology Queensland and Head of the Breast Group, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), Brisbane, Australia. His current interests include lobular carcinoma and its variants, triple negative and metaplastic breast cancer and the mechanisms and therapeutic development of brain metastases.
He was Editor of the WHO 4th Ed Tumours of the Breast (2012) and is Editor and Standing member of Board of WHO 5th Ed Tumours of the Breast (2019). He is an elected Board member of Breast Cancer Trials.
He is the recipient of the Distinguished Pathologist Medal, Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology and The Distinguished Fellow Award, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. In 2017, he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
- Brian Le
Brian Le is the Director of Palliative Care at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, including the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
He is a Palliative Medicine Physician and Medical Oncologist, and is an Associate Professor of the University of Melbourne.
Brian has published over 85 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, is involved in palliative care research including clinical trials and health services research.
Brian is a past Chair of the Palliative Medicine Training Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, responsible for training of all palliative medicine specialists in Australia and New Zealand, and past Chair of Palliative Care Victoria.
- Ying Li
Ying Li, Australia
- Rhea Liang
Assoc Prof Rhea Liang (MBChB, BA(Ed), MSurgEd, FRACS, FACS, FFSTEd) is a general and breast surgeon on the Gold Coast, surgical educationalist, Surgical Discipline Lead at Bond University and immediate past Chair of the RACS (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Operating With Respect Education Committee. She grew up and completed her training in New Zealand, and initially arrived on the Gold Coast for a short stint but soon found herself helping to set up the Gold Coast HHS Breast Service and is still there 14 years later. She has a passion for breast cancer care that extends well beyond the provision of medical treatments and continues ‘traditional’ quantitative breast cancer research as well as qualitative research about breast cancer decision-making, treatment experiences and survivorship. She tweets at @LiangRhea.
- Elgene Lim
Prof Elgene Lim is a medical oncologist at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital, and leads the Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He obtained his training at the University of Melbourne, Walter& Eliza Hall of Medical Research, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is the inaugural National Breast Cancer Foundation Endowed Chair and a clinical academic at the UNSW medical school. His research team performs clinically focused laboratory research, utilizing patient-derived breast tumour xenografts for the evaluation of novel therapies. A major focus of his group is on overcoming resistance to currently used endocrine therapies. His research is funded through the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Australia, Cancer Council of NSW, National Health and Medical Research Council, Love Your Sister, the Garvan, Balnaves, Curran and St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation.
- Jocelyn Lippey
Jocelyn Lippey is a breast surgeon from Melbourne, Victoria working at St. Vincent’s, The Northern hospital and BreastScreen as well as St. Vincent’s East Melbourne privately.She was a current recipient of an NBCF practitioners grant to develop a risk communication tool for risk-stratified Breast screening which is also her PhD thesis due to finish in late 2020. She also co-ordinates a unit of study for University of Sydney’s Masters of Breast Surgery.Her research interests include DCIS, risk communication and tailored breast screening.
- Dong-Xu Liu
Associate Professor Dong-Xu Liu is Director of the Centre for Biomedical and Chemical Sciences, the Auckland University of Technology and the founding President of the NZ Association of Breast Cancer Research (NZABC®). He obtained a BSc at the China Agricultural University, an MSc at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a PhD at the National University of Singapore. He held post-doctoral fellowship positions at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR, Singapore and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research focuses on biomarkers for breast cancer diagnosis and prognosis, and therapeutic molecules for targeted therapy development.
- Sherene Loi
Sherene Loi MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP, FAHMS
I am a Medical Oncologist specialized in breast cancer treatment as well as a clinician scientist with expertise in genomics, immunology and drug development. I am recognised internationally as a leading clinician scientist whose work has led to new insights into the breast cancer immunology field.
After completing Medical Oncology specialist clinical training in Melbourne, I undertook a PhD and postdoctoral studies at the Institut Jules Bordet in Brussels, Belgium. In 2013, I returned to a Group Leader position at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, as well as Consultant Medical Oncologist in the Breast Service and head of the Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Unit.
To date, I have published over 220 peer-reviewed research articles with a lifetime H index of 79. My recent work has been highly influential with 30,617 total citations and 23,711 (77%) within the past 5 years. I am ranked in the top 1% of highly cited researchers globally by the Web of Science. I am a Board Director as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (BCT Australia/NZ), which is the largest breast cancer clinical trials cooperative group in Australia. I Co-Chair the Scientific Executive Committee of the International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG) based in Bern, Switzerland which conducts academic global breast cancer clinical trials in over 16 countries. I am the current holder of the Inaugural National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) of Australia Endowed Chair and a research fellow of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), New York.
- Douglas MacMillan
Douglas MacMillan, UK
- Bruce Mann
Prof. Bruce Mann is Professor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and Director of The Breast Service at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. He is on the council of Breast SurgANZ, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group and is past president of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. He has been involved in many clinical trials and much clinical and translational research regarding breast cancer, with his main research interest being tailoring treatment to the disease and the patient.
- Ritse Mann
Ritse Mann is a breast and interventional radiologist, working at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, as well as the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. He leads clinical radiological breast research at both hospitals. He is currently chair of the scientific committee of the European Society of breast imaging (EUSOBI), and section editor Women’s Imaging for the European Journal of Radiology. He is course director of the annual Nijmegen Advanced Breast Imaging Course, as well as the Cairo based course DETECT, has been member of the program planning committee for breast for ECR from 2012-2015 and is currently member of the scientific program planning committee for breast of the RSNA. He leads and participates in many clinical trials on the clinical value of new and existing imaging modalities for detection and classification of breast lesions, with a particular focus on breast MRI.
- Helen Mar Fan
Dr Helen Mar Fan is a dual trained medical oncologist and cancer geneticist who works in the cancer service at Genetic Health Queensland and is currently seconded to Cancer Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has an interest in the education of non-genetic health professionals in the ordering and interpreting of genetic tests and in the development of evidence-based guidelines for genetic testing and risk management for individuals with familial cancer predisposition syndromes.
- Nicole McCarthy
Associate Professor Nicole McCarthy MBBS (Hons), MHSc, FRACP is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Icon Cancer Care at the Wesley Medical Centre and Wesley Hospital in Brisbane and her academic appointment is with the School of Medicine, University of Queensland . She completed a 3 year Medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda MD and a Masters in Health Sciences in Clinical Trial Design through Duke University. She is an academic clinician and her clinical practice and translational research focuses on the multifaceted aspects of breast cancer care and management. She led the Breast Cancer Clinical trials unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for over 10 years and now provides leadership for the breast cancer clinical trials component of ICON Research Foundation Clinical Trials Unit, the largest national private oncology provider. A/Prof McCarthy is considered an opinion leader in breast cancer management at a local and national level and her own investigator-initiated clinical trials have been incorporating new agents into neoadjuvant breast cancer treatment. A/Prof McCarthy has been the Chair of the Systemic Therapy Subcommittee of the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) since 2007 and a member of the SAC since 2004. She has been the Australian Principal Investigator on several international clinical trials. A/Prof McCarthy has been a member of a number of national breast cancer guideline panels and has played a close role with breast cancer consumer advocacy groups.
- Carolyn Nickson
Associate Professor Carolyn Nickson is an epidemiologist specialising in the evaluation of breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. She heads the Breast Cancer Policy and Evaluation stream at The Daffodil Centre (a new joint venture between Cancer Council NSW and the University of Sydney), and the ABACUS research group at the University of Melbourne. Her projects include leading the Australian Government funded ‘Breast ROSA’ project on behalf of Cancer Council Australia, which is exploring options for more risk-based approaches to breast cancer screening in the Australian setting through a combination of epidemiological studies, population modelling and policy and implementation activities.
- Jenny O’Sullivan
Dr Jenny O’Sullivan
Jenny O’Sullivan graduated in Medicine at Sydney University in 1988. After spending several years in General Practice she commenced training as a Breast Physician at the Sydney Breast Clinic in 1996. Jenny achieved Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians in 2005. She moved to Auckland in 2005 where she worked at St Marks Breast Clinic, then returned to Sydney in 2008 to take up roles at Breastscreen NSW and Royal North Shore Hospital. She also works in private practice at Mater Clinic Sydney.
Jenny has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer as well as benign breast disorders and breast cancer risk management.
Fellow of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians
Master of Psychological Medicine (UNSW, 2000)
Staff Specialist, Area Cancer Services, Royal North Shore Hospital
(Northern Sydney Central Coast LHD) since 2010
VMO BreastScreen NSW, Sydney LHD and Sydney South West LHD since 2008
VMO Mater Clinic, North Sydney since 2015
- Ann Partridge
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Vice Chair of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she also serves as Director of the Adult Survivorship Program and leads the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer. As a medical oncologist and clinical researcher, she has sought to improve the care and outcomes of patients with cancer by conducting research, and by developing innovative clinical programming. Dr. Partridge serves in leadership roles nationally and internationally including as co-chair of the Breast Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and co-chair of the biennial ESMO-ESO sponsored Breast Cancer in Young Women Conference. She also served as Chair of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women from 2010-17. She has received prior awards and grants including a Champions of Change award from the White House, an ASCO Improving Cancer Care Grant, the CDC Carol Friedman Award, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer, and the Ellen L. Stovall Award in Cancer Survivorship from ASCO, and the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.
After graduating from Georgetown University, Dr. Partridge received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, pursued an internal medicine residency at the Hospital for the University of Pennsylvania, and completed Medical Oncology and Hematology fellowship at Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare. She earned a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.
- Kerry Patford
Kerry Patford brings more than 30 years’ of nursing experience to her role as the Chief Clinical Leader for the McGrath Foundation where she provides support and advice and assists in the professional development of McGrath Breast Care Nurses right across Australia.
Kerry leads a team of Clinical Leaders to deliver key projects around breast care nursing practice, professional development and support to over 160 McGrath Breast Care Nurses. She maintains her clinical currency practising as a McGrath Breast Care Nurse in regional Victoria and provides leadership and expertise to other cancer care organisations, universities and governments, consulting on a range of projects to improve care and treatment for patients and their families.
- Nirmala Pathmanathan
Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan, BSc (Med), MB, BS, FRCPA, MIACAssociate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan is an anatomical pathologist with expertise in breast diseases. She is the Director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute in Sydney, which is a comprehensive multidisciplinary breast cancer program covering Western Sydney. She is also the Director of the BreastScreen Program for Sydney West and the Designated/Lead Pathologist for this program. She is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney and Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Western Sydney. A/Prof Pathmanathan is currently a specialist breast pathologist at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (part time).
A/Professor Pathmanathan is the recipient and chief or principal investigator on a number of grant-funded projects and is a past executive committee member of the Australian Breast Cancer Tumour Bank. She is a Member of NBOCC Sentinel Node Biopsy Subgroup and was involved in the development of recommendations for use of Sentinel Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer. Recently, A/Professor Pathmanathan has been a steering committee member in the development and presentation of breast cancer workshops, aimed at improving the quality of breast cancer pathology and HER2 testing in several countries across the Asia Pacific Region. She sits on the Executive Committee for the Australasian Society for Breast Diseases and is a National Clinical Advisory Board Member for BreastScreen Australia. Her primary research interests are in HER2 testing, prognostic markers in ER positive breast cancer and borderline/atypical lesions of the breast.
- Antonia Pearson
Antonia Pearson, Australia
- Heidi Peverill
Dr. Heidi Peverill is a Oncoplastic Breast, Melanoma and General Surgeon in Brisbane.
She has completed a Master of Advanced Breast Surgery and has been a full member of BreastSurgANZ since 2013.
As a member of both the RACS Younger Fellows committee and Women in Surgery section, Dr Peverill supports and advocates for progression opportunities for both young surgeons and women in medicine.
Dr Peverill also serves as a national committee member and senior instructor for the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient curriculum.
She supports these programs in tandem with her own research in breast cancer prevention in young women.
Dr Peverill is currently publicly employed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and privately she can be seen at ORBE Surgeons at the Mater Private Hospital.
- Kirsten Pilatti
Chief Executive Officer
Kirsten Pilatti was appointed CEO in March 2018.
She has an exceptional understanding of the cancer sector having spent over a decade at BCNA.
Highly regarded for her passion and focus on Australian women and men who have been affected by breast cancer, she is committed to giving everyone a voice and reducing the disparity of care across the country.
Her deep connection to our 150,000 members was cemented after spending 18 months travelling around Australia interviewing more than 3,500 women and men about their experience of breast cancer treatment and services to find out where the gaps in service delivery are occurring. The findings were outlined in the State of the Nation report, which was delivered to Federal Parliament in June 2018.
She is also proud of the work she has done to turn the spotlight on important issues such as access to breast reconstruction, the out of pocket costs experienced by breast cancer patients, driving changes to the Australian healthcare system including access to drugs through the PBS such as the CDK inhibitors for Australians with metastatic breast cancer.
Kirsten understands the power of sharing the experiences of those diagnosed and living with breast cancer. She will continue to be their advocate until all Australians receive the very best care, treatment, and support.
Born and raised in Western Australia, Kirsten lives in Melbourne with her partner and two sons.
- Bridget Pratt
Bridget Pratt, Australia
- Christopher Pyke
Dr Chris Pyke is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Queensland, based at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
He is a former President of the Breast Surgeons Society of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ).
His Research interests include Personalized Medicine, Oncoplastic Surgery and Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Surgery.
- Emad Rakha, UK
Prof Emad Rakha PhD, FRCPath is a Professor of Breast Pathology and Honorary Consultant Pathologist at the University of Nottingham (UoN) and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK. Prof Rakha is medically qualified and gained master (MSc pathology) and MD in Pathology (by examination), PhD in molecular pathology (Breast cancer) from UoN and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists by examination. He is the leading member of the multi-disciplinary Nottingham Breast Research Group at UoN, co-director of the PathLAKE and co-chair and co-chair of the UK Interpretative EQA Breast Pathology Scheme. Prof Rakha is is the organiser the international Nottingham Breast Pathology Masterclass which is an annual course run in Nottingham, UK, Italy, Egypt and elsewhere (http://nottinghambreastpathologymasterclass.com/). He is a member of several international and national committees including The National Coordinating Committee of Breast Pathology (BIG18), European Working Group for Breast Screening Pathology, the International Society of Breast Pathology (meeting Secretary), The British Association of Breast Pathology, the NHSBSP Research Advisory Committee, and International Breast Pathology Group. He published more than 390 publications in peer reviewed journals, coauthored 40 book chapters in addition to 10 chapter in the latest 5th ed of the WHO Blue book and he runs the national and international referral service of breast pathology consultation cases in Nottingham with over 350 referral cases per year.
- Nick Repin
Nick Repin is a diagnostic and interventional radiologist based near Lismore in regional NSW, Australia. His subspecialty interests include breast imaging in the context of population screening, and the roles of interventional radiology in breast disease. He is active both in public hospital and private practice, has been reading and assessing in NSW BreastScreen for 20 years, and is Designated Radiologist both for BreastScreen NSW North Coast and BreastScreen Tasmania.
- Alistair Ring
Dr. Alistair Ring is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden. He undertook his pre-clinical training at the University of Cambridge and clinical training at the University of Oxford, qualifying in 1997. His oncology training was based at The Royal Marsden, St George’s and Guy’s Hospitals, London. He gained his MD research degree in 2005 from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) at the University of London.
In 2008 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Oncology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where he held various roles including Director of the Brighton NIHR Clinical Research Facility. In 2014 he was appointed Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden.
He has specialist interests in the management of metastatic and early breast cancer and the management of cancer in older patients. He has a major interest in research, and is UK lead for a number of research studies examining the roles of aspirin and modern targeted drugs in the management of breast cancer. He is Chair of the Committee for Clinical Research at The Royal Marsden and the ICR. Dr Ring has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and in 2015, edited the textbook Problem Solving in Older Cancer Patients and in 2017 Breast Cancer Survivorship.
In 2018 Dr Ring was appointed Honorary Reader in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, at the Institute of Cancer Research.
- Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts, Australia
- Mark Robson
Mark E. Robson, MD
Chief, Breast Medicine Service
Department of Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Robson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, and did his internal medicine residency and hematology-oncology fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. He is currently Chief of the Breast Medicine Service in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital in New York, Attending Physician on Breast Medicine and Clinical Genetics Services, and a Member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His clinical research has concentrated on the optimal application of germline information to the management of cancer patients, particularly those with breast cancer. He has been a lead investigator for a number of trials of PARP inhibitors in patients with BRCA mutation – associated breast cancer. In addition to studying PARP inhibition as a therapeutic strategy, he is currently developing new models for the acquisition of germline information, including “mainstreaming” through test ordering by primary oncology providers and broad genomic screening in the context of somatic mutational profiling. He is also investigating the use of polygenic risk scores in facilitating decision-making among women with or without an inherited predisposition. He is an associate editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, past Chair of the Ethics Committee of that organization and has served several terms on the ASCO Cancer Prevention Committee and its Cancer Genetics subcommittee.
- Allison Rose
Dr Allison Rose MB. BS, M. MED, FRANZCR
Director, Northwestern BreastScreen
Head, The Royal Melbourne & The Women’s Hospital Breast Imaging Service Consultant Radiologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Associate, University of Melbourne Radiology Department.Dr Allison Rose worked at the Victorian Pilot Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer from 1989 under the auspice of The Royal Melbourne Hospital and became Director in 1999. In 2009 she became Head of Breast Imaging for the combined Royal Melbourne & The Women’s Hospital Breast Service & in this role she has led the team to deliver fully integrated comprehensive breast imaging across diagnostic and screening sites. She was instrumental in establishing Breast MRI & MRI guided biopsy for the service and more recently developed protocols for contrast enhanced digital mammography. Her current interests are focussed on risk based tailored breast screening and appropriate staging of diagnosed breast cancer- BreastStage.
- Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen is a founding member of Advanced Surgical Care of Northern Illinois, has practiced in Chicago’s northwest suburbs for more than 25 years. His practice is currently limited to Breast Surgery.
A nationally recognized expert in oncoplastic surgery, Dr. Rosen teaches for the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS), the School of Oncoplastic Surgery, and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Dr. Rosen is also dedicated to creating national standards for quality outcomes in breast cancer surgery, which has led to his chairmanship of the NQMBC (National Quality Metrics for Breast Centers) and his participation on the Patient Safety and Quality Committee for the ASBrS. Dr. Rosen is a board member of the TARGIT Collaborative Group, a national organization of breast surgeons and radiation oncologists dedicated to advancing Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) for breast cancer treatment, provides national training to surgical colleagues on the use of IORT, and is the Program Director for their annual international meeting. Locally, he is the Chairman of the Advocate Healthcare Breast Cancer Committee and the Medical Director of the Good Shepherd Hospital Breast Center.
- Christobel Saunders
Professor Christobel Saunders AO, is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent research-orientated cancer surgeons. She has substantially contributed to breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research and is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer. In recognition of her sustained career excellence and innovation, Christobel has been publicly acknowledged through numerous awards and honours the most recent being the AO (Order of Australia) (2018), Uccio Querci della Rovere Award (2018), International Women’s Day WA Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee (2018) and WA Scientist of the Year (2017). She has performed research for >30 years evaluating the efficacy and utility of therapy for early breast cancer. In the past five years, Christobel has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles (two in The Lancet), six letters to the editor/editorials, two research reports, two book chapters and one book. She sits on the boards of a number of cancer organisations including the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group. Christobel is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services in Western Australia as author of the WA Health Cancer Services Framework and as first A/Director, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, past President of the Cancer Council WA, past President of the Breast Surgical Society of ANZ, and nationally as past Advisory Council member of organisations such as Cancer Australia. She is the Inaugural Chair of the state Health Service Provider, PathWest Laboratory Medicine..
- Kerry Shanahan
Kerry Shanahan (RN; GrDHealthSci) works as Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Royal Melbourne Hospital since 1998, providing education, support and co-ordination of care for women/men experiencing early and advanced breast cancer, across the continuum of care. Particular area of interest is survivorship and shared follow-up care in early breast cancer, with involvement in many working groups and provision of mentorship.
- Catherine Shannon
Dr Catherine Shannon is Senior Medical Oncologist at the Mater Cancer Care Centre, Director of Medical Oncology Clinical trials unit, a member of Mater Research’s Clinical Research group and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. She is the Principal or Co-investigator on a number of Phase I, II and III clinical trials in breast and gynaecological cancer. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Australian Society of Breast Disease and member of the Breast cancer advisory panel for Cancer Australia.
Dr Shannon has a special interest in the management of breast cancer in young women and pregnant women and has published in this field. Dr Shannon recently started a private practice at the Mater Cancer Care Centre in South Brisbane. Her research publications include the molecular genetics of synchronous gynaecological tumours and neoadjuvant therapies for breast cancer. Dr Shannon acted as Chair at the committee for writing endocrine therapy guidelines for the management of advanced breast cancer.
- Eric Silberfein
Dr. Eric Silberfein is currently the Chief of Surgical Oncology and General Surgery at Ben Taub Hospital and dedicates his time to caring for the underserved population of Houston. He is also interested in the education of residents and medical students by improving their knowledge and skills through formal curriculum. Dr. Silberfein serves as the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer arm of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the College’s Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. Dr. Silberfein’s research interests include the treatment of indigent populations with cancer. Dr. Silberfein has received multiple teaching and clinical awards and honors.
- Anna Singleton
Anna Singleton is an early-career researcher (MSc Experimental Psych; BSc Hons I Psych), a PhD candidate and research associate at the University of Sydney with >247K in research prizes and awards, including $52K as CIA. Her research focuses on co-designing (cancer survivors, health professionals) scalable, low-cost digital health strategies (eg. text messages, mobile apps) to support health of breast cancer survivors, with the ultimate goal of lowering risks factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer recurrence. In the last 3 years, Anna Singleton hase recruited >1000 breast cancer survivors to her digital health studies (clinical trial, nation-wide observational study), which patients found useful (91%), easy-to-understand (100%) and motivating for improving health (76%). Anna has also 16 published peer-reviewed manuscripts (3 first-author, 1 last-author), with many in high-ranking journals such as BMJ Heart, BMC Cancer, and Obesity reviews.
- Andrea Smith
Andrea Smith is a consumer and researcher, having been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2016. She is a Daffodil Fellow at The Daffodil Centre, University of Sydney, a joint venture with Cancer Council NSW. Her work focuses on the implementation of evidence into practice, specifically in breast cancer and melanoma, using qualitative and mixed methods. In addition to being a consumer representative for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) Seat-At-The-Table program she chairs the BCNA Metastatic Breast Cancer Advisory Group and is a member of the Board Directors for the ABC Global Alliance.
- Cameron Snell
Cameron Snell, Australia
- Andrew Spillane
Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology
Andrew Spillane is Professor of Surgical Oncology at The University of Sydney, Northern Clinical School. He specialises in the surgical management of breast cancer and melanoma. Andrew is a senior VMO surgeon at the Mater North Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospitals.
Andrew is a member of the BCT Board and Scientific Advisory Committee. He is past President of BreastSurgANZ and a board member / Deputy Chair of Melanoma and Skin Cancer (MASC) Trials (formerly the ANZMTG). Andrew is Breast sub-editor for the ANZ Journal of Surgery, and founding co-director of the University of Sydney’s Graduate Certificate in Advanced Breast Surgery.
- Jodi Steel
Jodi Steel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She is a member of BCNA’s Consumer Representative (CR) Program, Seat at the Table. As a BCNA CR, she is currently providing consumer input on a project developing an Arabic breast reconstruction decision aid.
In 2019, prior to becoming a BCNA CR, she was patient advisor on a University of Wollongong project to develop an online resource for preparation and initial recovery from breast reconstruction. Prior to her diagnosis, she worked for over 20 years in the translation and commercialisation of basic and applied Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research.
- Kirsty Stuart
A/Prof Kirsty Stuart is a Senior Staff Specialist Radiation Oncologist at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and Department of Radiation Oncology Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead Hospital, sub-specialising in breast cancer since 2005; she completed her PhD in DCIS and Early Breast Cancer Management in 2015, The University of Sydney. She holds a number of positions supporting both breast cancer research, education and clinical practice.
Since 2016, A/Prof Stuart has been on the Cochrane Breast Cancer Group Editorial International Panel. She is on the Breast Cancer Committee for EviQ, Cancer Institute NSW, and is Chair of the Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Working Group.
- Alastair Thompson
Professor Alastair Thompson trained and practiced as a clinician-scientist focused on multidisciplinary patient care alongside translational “bench to bedside” studies and innovative clinical trials in cancer. He initiated and led a successful breast cancer laboratory program and provided leadership for a cancer center in Dundee, United Kingdom (UK). He chaired the UK national breast cancer trials portfolio of 120 studies led the national breast cancer tissue bank and engaged in a range of pivotal roles in key drug, radiation therapy and surgical trials involving the UK, Europe, the United States and Australia. Since moving to the US in 2014, he has focused on improving treatment for breast cancer patients with innovative surgical techniques and clinical trials.
Thompson is an active member of SSO, ASBrS, ASCO and AACR. With successful peer reviewed funding from US government and international charitable sources spanning laboratory to clinical studies, successful supervision of 24 postgraduate students to date and over 400 publications in the highest impact factor clinical and scientific journals. His key mission remains improving care for those with cancer.
- Elysia Thornton-Benko
Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko is a Specialist General Practitioner/Family Physician who cares for all age groups, genders and medical conditions including preventative health and wellness. She is also a Research Fellow with the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney.
Elysia has a special interest and expertise in Cancer Survivorship. Prior to entering General Practice, Elysia worked for various hospital oncology units including 2 years in Radiation Oncology specialty training and 6 months as a community palliative care registrar. Elysia currently works in a consulting, research and advisory capacity on a variety of national and local cancer and cancer survivorship projects and executive committees. Elysia feels strongly about the need for integration of primary care throughout the cancer trajectory by the establishment of more standardised frameworks and pathways. She is an advocate for cohesive collaborative care between all involved health professionals. This will ultimately lead to delivering optimal care to cancer patients, survivors and their families, with enhanced support and improved quality of life.
- Dean Trotter
Dean Trotter is the head of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery unit at the Women’s Hospital, Melbourne and clinical lead of the breast reconstruction service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He completed a fellowship in microsurgery at the St Andrew’s Centre in the UK in 2009-10 and has performed over 850 breast reconstructions in both public and private practice since his return to Melbourne in 2011. Dean has a sub-speciality interest in breast reconstruction following risk-reduction mastectomy.
- Owen A. Ung
Professor Owen A. Ung MBBS FRACS FAICD
Owen Ung is a breast and endocrine surgeon and Director of the Metro North Comprehensive Breast Cancer Institute. He is a committed clinician, educator and researcher.
Professor of Surgery, University of Queensland
Visiting specialist – the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Wesley Private and St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Federal Counciller for the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) – Director Medical Insurance Australia (MIGA) – President Elect and executive member of Breast Surgery International (BSI) of the international Surgical Society (ISS).
Owen has obtained extensive administrative and management experience through his various clinical leadership roles and is active on numerous State and National Committees.
- Frank A. Vicini
Dr. Frank A. Vicini has held multiple academic appointments and has been involved in numerous clinical studies involving breast and prostate cancer. He has designed, developed and completed numerous phase I/II and III NIH/NCI clinical trials to evaluate new and improved techniques to treat patients with Stage I and II breast cancer. Dr. Vicini has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles and presented his research at national and international meetings. He is a visiting professor in both the United States and Europe, authored multiple chapters in textbooks and is on the editorial board of several oncology journals. In addition, he is listed as one of the few oncologists in “Best Oncology Doctors in America.” Dr. Vicini was recently named 21st Century Oncology’s National Principal Investigator.
- Melanie Walker
Melanie Walker is a specialist breast surgeon in private and public practice in Melbourne.
She is the current President of BreastSurgANZ, a founding member of the Society and has held various roles on Council and the Executive Council since the Society’s inception.
After graduating from Monash University in 1996 and training in general surgery at the Alfred Hospital, she undertook a further three years of training in breast surgery in the UK, including an Oncoplastic Fellowship year at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow, where she developed her special interest in oncoplastic breast surgery and breast ultrasound. Melanie is committed to ensuring standards in the training and credentialing of breast surgeons.
- Sanjay Warrier
Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier is a dedicated and compassionate Consultant Breast Oncology and Oncoplastic Surgeon at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Royal Prince Alfred and Mater Hospitals. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at BreastScreen NSW.
He completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of New South Wales in 2002 with post fellowship training specialising in breast oncology and oncoplastic surgery within Prince of Wales and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital networks.
In 2013, Sanjay’s work on Hedgehog signaling, in collaboration with Garvan Institute, won the Patron’s Prize at RPAH for best scientific oral presentation.
He is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney with the Royal Prince Alfred Institute of Academic Surgery and is the lead researcher at the Institute with the goal to improve patient outcomes through the application of the latest research and innovative technology available both in Australia and around the world.
In 2017 Sanjay was the pioneer surgeon in Australia of the SPY Elite System in his theatres. This technology is the most advanced fluorescent imaging system in the world to accurately identify healthy blood flow around remaining tissue, assisting with the decisions for immediate breast reconstructive surgery following breast-gland removal.
A/Prof Warrier is the Course Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator of the Oncoplastic Masters Course at the University of Sydney.
Sanjay is a Board member of the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation, a role that he is honoured to hold.
He is the current Chairman of Post-Fellowship Training for BreastSurgANZ, a role that involves training of future breast surgeons in Australia and New Zealand, and the current Site Director of Surgical Training at RPAH.
Sanjay is passionate about patient care, teaching, research and in the past year has presented at various national and international conferences.
- Shane White
Shane White After completing his medical oncology training in Melbourne, Shane worked at the Christie Hospital in Manchester UK and completed a Doctorate in Medicine in 1999.
He is the former director of medical oncology at the Northern Hospital and a current staff specialist at the Austin Hospital, with interests in breast and lung cancer.
Shane is a principal investigator of breast and lung cancer research studies at the Austin and a member of the Breast Cancer Trials Group (BCTG).
- Nicholas Wilcken
Associate Professor Nicholas Wilcken MB BS, PhD, FRACP,
Nicholas Wilcken is Director of Medical Oncology at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead, Senior Staff Specialist at Nepean Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia.
Medical oncology training was at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, followed by a PhD in breast cancer cell cycle control at the Garvan Institute, Sydney.
His clinical interests are in breast cancer and colo-rectal cancer. Research interests include translational oncology, systematic reviews and breast cancer clinical trials.
He is currently the Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Breast Cancer Group and Chair of the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group, Scientific Advisory Committee. He has been an invited expert panel member for the last two St Gallen Early Breast Cancer Consensus Conferences in Switzerland and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group, based in Oxford, UK.
- Belinda Yeo
Dr Belinda Yeo(FRACP, MD, MBBS, BA)
Belinda Yeo is jointly appointed to the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, as a Medical Oncologist and to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute as a Clinician Scientist with a specific interest in breast cancer. She trained in Sydney before joining the Breast Unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital, London as a Clinical and Research Fellow. She completed a Master’s Degree at The University of London and The Institute of Cancer Research in novel genomic and non-molecular breast cancer risk assays. She is co-lead of the VCCC Research and Education Stream for Breast Cancer, she is a clinical trial investigator and continues her translational research investigating improving personalization and minimising toxicities for patients with breast cancer.
- Nick Zdenkowski
Dr. Nick Zdenkowski is a medical oncologist with a predominant breast cancer focus in his multidisciplinary clinical practices at Lake Macquarie and Maitland Private Hospitals in NSW Australia. He is a conjoint senior lecturer with the University of Newcastle and works as a medical advisor to Breast Cancer Trials, Australia’s collaborative breast cancer research group, across their trials program. His research interest is in neoadjuvant systemic therapy for breast cancer, and in shared decision-making for cancer patients. His PhD thesis led to the development of a decision aid for the neoadjuvant population.
- Steven David