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Dorothy Keefe (CEO of Cancer Australia)

Dorothy Keefe

CEO of Cancer Australia

Professor Keefe is the CEO of Cancer Australia, and an honorary Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. She has had a long career as a Medical Oncologist, and Professor of Cancer Medicine.Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal toxicity of cancer treatment, Supportive Care in Cancer more broadly, Medical Leadership and Health Reform, and she has published extensively in the Supportive Care literature. She has a long-standing commitment to the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), and is a past-president. All her work is focused on improving outcomes for patients .

Karen Strickland (Professor of Nursing and Head of School at School of Nursing Midwifery and Public Health, University of Canberra)

Karen Strickland

Professor of Nursing and Head of School at School of Nursing Midwifery and Public Health, University of Canberra

Karen is Professor of Nursing and Head of School in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Public Health where she provides leadership and vision for nursing and midwifery education research. Karen held the appointment of Clinical Chair in Nursing at ACT Government Health Directorate from October 2017 to September 2019, In this clinical academic leadership role she provided research leadership and vision for nursing research within the university and ACT Health, developing both research and research active staff.

Karen is currently an Executive Board member of the Council of Dean of Nursing and Midwifery of Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the European Academy of nursing Science.

Muhammad Choudhry (Staff Specialist, Geriatric Medicine at The Canberra Hospital)

Muhammad Choudhry

Staff Specialist, Geriatric Medicine at The Canberra Hospital

Dr Choudhry is a geriatrician at Canberra hospital. He has been at the forefront of developing the geriatric oncology service in collaboration with oncology department. His special interests include the impact of comprehensive geriatric assessment on treatment pathways in geriatric cancer patients.

Etienne Brain (Department of Clinical Research & Medical Oncology at Institut Curie (Hôpital René Huguenin))

Etienne Brain

Department of Clinical Research & Medical Oncology at Institut Curie (Hôpital René Huguenin)

Etienne GC Brain, MD PhD, has been working since 1998 as a medical oncologist at the Hôpital René Huguenin (Saint-Cloud, France), which is now part of the academic centre Institut Curie. He obtained both his MD and PhD from University Paris V René Descartes, the latter after leading works in preclinical and clinical pharmacology on alkylating agents and liver metabolism in Boston (Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston University) and Saint Cloud (Centre René Huguenin). He was the Deputy Director for Research at Centre René Huguenin from 2008-2009, until the merge with Institut Curie happened in 2010. This latter has made the “multisites institution” Institut Curie one of the largest hospital dedicated to cancer management in Europe, with special focus on breast cancer (~ 3,000 new cases yearly), employing 2,000 care-givers and 1,000 researchers. Etienne Brain is currently in charge of the settlement of the new Department of Clinical Research of Institut Curie in Saint-Cloud. He is the chairman of the committee for the evaluation of clinical research of the Institut Curie.

Michael Chapman (Medical Director of Palliative Care at The Canberra Hospital)

Michael Chapman

Medical Director of Palliative Care at The Canberra Hospital

Michael is a geriatrician and palliative medicine physician who is medical director of palliative care at Canberra Hospital. He is currently seeking his PhD in a project entitled “The ethics of decision making at the end of life: The experience of decision making for persons with dementia and their carers.” His other active academic interests include mindfulness as self-care, the integration of specialist palliative service into aged care, and the role of frailty in prognostication for older persons. Michael is a lecturer at ANU medical school and on faculty for the Professionalism and Leadership stream. Michael is the secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine and is a founding editor of Palliverse (www.Palliverse.com) an online community aiming extend the region’s dialogue around issues of death and dying.

Karis, Kin-Fong Cheng (Professor at Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies,  NUS)

Karis, Kin-Fong Cheng

Professor at Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, NUS

Karis Cheng is a Professor at the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. She has practiced clinical oncology nursing with training in haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for many years. Her research interests include cancer therapy-related complication and symptom management, patient-reported outcomes, and supportive cancer care.

She has successfully completed a number of research studies, and published extensively in the areas of symptom management and supportive care, quality of life, and psychometric evaluation. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and serves on various editorial/advisory boards of the international referred oncology journals.

Kwok-Leung Cheung (Professor of Breast Surgery and Medical Education at University of Nottingham)

Kwok-Leung Cheung

Professor of Breast Surgery and Medical Education at University of Nottingham

Kwok-Leung Cheung is a Professor of Breast Surgery and Medical Education at the University of Nottingham, UK. He qualified and trained at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. Upon completion of general surgery training, he conducted clinical and laboratory research at the University of Nottingham, UK, with a Doctor of Medicine (in the area of blood tumour markers) awarded in 2001. He was then appointed as Consultant Breast Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals where he served as Head of Service, Breast Services (2007 - 2010) and Lead Clinician for Breast Cancer (2007 - 2011). He is currently Consultant Breast Surgeon at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

He has obtained surgical fellowship status from Hong Kong, Edinburgh and America. Professor Cheung was selected as one of the 12 International Guest Scholars 2007 of the American College of Surgeons, as a recognition of his strong interests and commitment in teaching and research.

Haryana Dhillon (Associate Professor at University of Sydney)

Haryana Dhillon

Associate Professor at University of Sydney

Haryana is an Associate Professor in Cancer Survivorship and Psycho-Oncology at the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED) University of Sydney. She is a Director of the Cancer Council NSW Board, and former Member of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) and Council. Haryana is the chair of the Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Research Group’s Scientific Advisory Committee and has leadership roles in supportive care and quality of life in the Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group and the ANZ Urogenitary and Prostate Cancer Trials Group.

Haryana co-leads a Cancer Survivorship Research Group based in the University of Sydney. The group is supported on peer-reviewed funding, allowing studies in cancer and cognition, physical activity in cancer populations, sleep disturbance and symptom control. She also maintains an active research interest in health literacy, communication in the cancer setting and patient education.

Divyanshu Dua (Staff Specialist Medical Oncology at The Canberra Hospital)

Divyanshu Dua

Staff Specialist Medical Oncology at The Canberra Hospital

Dr Divyanshu ‘Divy’ Dua is a consultant medical oncologist and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). Dr Dua trained in internal medicine and medical oncology in Australia as part of FRACP before completing a clinical fellowship in drug development, early phase trials and thoracic malignancies at the Guy’s Hospital, London (UK), and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (UK).

Thoracic malignancies – including lung cancer, mesothelioma and thymoma – continue to be of special clinical interest to Dr Dua. He also has particular interest in the treatment of Genitourinary malignancies malignant melanoma, CNS tumours and breast cancer. Dr Dua has also been involved in geriatric oncology services as part of his role as medical oncologist. He has been running the multidisclipnary clinic in Canberra for the past 2.5 years.

Dr Dua has published several articles in peer reviewed international journals. He is actively involved in teaching and research through his current affiliation with the Australian National University, Canberra. Past academic affiliations include the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash Rural school of Medicine in Australia and King’s College London. He is also active in training of the Physician training program.

Holly Holmes (Associate Professor and Division Director of McGovern Medical School, UTHealth)

Holly Holmes

Associate Professor and Division Director of McGovern Medical School, UTHealth

Dr. Holly Holmes is a geriatrician and former pharmacist. She completed a BS in Pharmacy at the University of Texas, Austin, and then received her MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She completed internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at the University of Chicago, where she was subsequently on the geriatrics faculty. She then joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and later took a position as a clinical research faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research and clinical interest focuses on the appropriate use of medications in older patients, particularly those approaching end of life. Her funded research is in pharmacoepidemiology, evaluating claims data for medication use patterns in older patients. She joined the faculty as Director of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in September 2015.

Ravindran Kanesvaran (President at SIOG)

Ravindran Kanesvaran

President at SIOG

Dr Ravindran Kanesvaran is a Consultant in the Department of Medical Oncology of the National Cancer Centre Singapore. He is also an Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and clinical senior lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is actively involved in graduate medical education and is a core faculty member of the Medical Oncology Senior Residency Program and the Singhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program.
He completed his medical oncology speciality training in the National Cancer Centre Singapore. After completion of that training he followed up with a fellowship in genitourinary oncology (GU) and geriatric oncology in Duke Cancer Institute in North Carolina, USA on a Healthcare Manpower Development Program (HMDP) scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Health Singapore. His research interests include GU oncology and geriatric oncology. He has published in a number of well-known peer reviewed journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology and Lancet Oncology.
He has also been awarded a number of awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO GU) Merit Award 2009, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) scholar-in-training Award 2010 and European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) fellowship award 2012. He is currently the President of the Singapore Society of Oncology (SSO) and the Singapore Geriatric Oncology Society. He has been appointed as European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Faculty 2015-2016. He is on the Scientific and Education Committee and the National Representative for Singapore in the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG). He was recently awarded National Representative of the Year SIOG 2014 award.

Heather Lane (Consultant Geriatrician at Rockingham General Hospital)

Heather Lane

Consultant Geriatrician at Rockingham General Hospital

Heather Lane MBChB, FRACP, PhD is a Consultant Geriatrician and Director of Physician Education at Rockingham General Hospital in Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and a doctorate from the Centre for Palliative Care (University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne).

Heather is a member of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia’s Working Groups for both Geriatric Oncology Research and Guideline Development. She also represents Western Australia as a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Advanced Training Committee for Geriatrician Training, and sits on the Geriatric Medicine Education and Training Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.

Her research interests include Healthcare Communication, Decision Making, Patient Experience, and Geriatric Assessment in Oncology.

Anil Paramadhathil (Director, Geriatric Medicine of The Canberra Hospital)

Anil Paramadhathil

Director, Geriatric Medicine of The Canberra Hospital

Dr Paramadhathil is the Director, Geriatric Medicine, Division of Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care at Canberra Hospital and Health Services. Anil works in both the public and private sectors and has an interest in exploring models of care for better outcomes to elderly patients.

Catherine Paterson (Associate Professor at School of Nursing Midwifery and Public Health, University of Canberra)

Catherine Paterson

Associate Professor at School of Nursing Midwifery and Public Health, University of Canberra

Dr Catherine Paterson is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra. Catherine completed her Ph.D. in 2013 and holds the following educational qualifications from the UK all with Distinctions (BA, MSc, non-medical prescribing, PGCert. LTA, FHEA). Catherine is a registered nurse in Australia (APRHA) and in the UK (NMC). She holds a visiting appointment with ACT Health, Canberra Cancer Hospital and is honorary senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.

Catherine conducts research in all areas of urology, and uro-oncology. She has expertise in conducting systematic reviews, ecological momentary assessment methodology, mixed methods, and complex interventions. She has experience of working in health services research for over 15 years.

Catherine has published widely and supervises HDR students.

Geoffrey Peters (Medical Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital)

Geoffrey Peters

Medical Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital

Dr Geoffrey Peters is a Medical Oncologist at the Canberra Hospital with subspecialty interest in melanoma and thoracic malignancies. He has completed a clinical fellowship in lung cancer and melanoma at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. His main areas of research include immunotherapy, targeted therapies and blood-based biomarkers and quality improvement. He is a clinical lecturer at the Australian National University and Principal Investigator on clinical trials. He is an active member of the Australasian Lung Trials Group and Australian and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group.

Dr Peters has a private session at the National Capital Medical Specialists on Tuesday mornings.

Ganes Pranavan (Staff Specialist at The Canberra Hospital)

Ganes Pranavan

Staff Specialist at The Canberra Hospital

Dr. Ganes Pranavan is a consultant medical oncologist at the Canberra Hospital with subspecialty interest in geriatric oncology, genito-urinary malignancies and neuro-oncology. Dr Pranavan has been working as a staff specialist in The Canberra Hospital since 2009. He is the principal investigator of several clinical trials in the above sub-specialities at The Canberra Hospital.

Dr Pranavan has been actively involved with the geriatric oncology multidisciplinary clinics in the Canberra Hospital since 2017. He serves as a lecturer at the Australian National University and has been involved with core teaching activities of the ANU medical school. He is also an active member of various national and international cancer organisations.

Tanujaa Rajasekaran (Medical Oncologist at National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS))

Tanujaa Rajasekaran

Medical Oncologist at National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)

Dr Tanujaa Rajasekaran is a Consultant in the Department of Medical Oncology of the National Cancer Centre Singapore, sub-specializing in genitourinary, thoracic and head and neck cancers. She graduated from the National University of Singapore and was awarded the Dean’s list during her undergraduate studies.
She completed her medical oncology specialty training in the National Cancer Centre Singapore. Her research interests are in geriatric oncology and genitourinary cancers. She also awarded the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) fellowship grant 2013 for her research in geriatric oncology. She has published in a number of well-known peer reviewed journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology.
She is also actively involved in medical education. She is a core faculty member of the Medical Oncology Senior Residency Program and Clinical Lecturer in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.

Angela Rezo (Radiation Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital)

Angela Rezo

Radiation Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital

Dr Angela Rezo is a radiation oncologist with 20 years of experience who is committed to delivering high quality modern cancer treatment and developing a strong therapeutic relationship with her patients. She is an active member of the breast, brain, and lung cancer multi-disciplinary teams in the ACT, and is a clinical leader for the stereotactic service at the Canberra Hospital. Dr Rezo strives to ensure patients receive individualised treatment recommendations according to the most up-to-date evidence.

Anupama Roy Chowdhury (Senior Consultant at Changi General Hospital)

Anupama Roy Chowdhury

Senior Consultant at Changi General Hospital

Dr Anupama Roy Chowdhury is a Senior Consultant with Sengkang General Hospital. She received her medical degree from the National University of Singapore in 2002. She completed her specialist training in geriatric medicine in 2010 and went on to do a fellowship in dementia and neurocognitive disorders at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2013. She has a special interest in dementia, geriatric oncology and medical education. She has previously been secretary and then vice-president of Society of Geriatric Medicine Singapore (SGMS).

Christopher Steer (Medical Oncologist at Border Medical Oncology)

Christopher Steer

Medical Oncologist at Border Medical Oncology

Dr Steer is a medical oncologist working at Border Medical Oncology in the recently completed Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre. He developed an interest in the care of older adults with cancer during his 3 year clinical research fellowship at Guy’s Hospital in London. He returned to private practice in Albury in 2003.

Christopher was the inaugural chair of the geriatric oncology interest group of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA). He is actively involved in the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) and was chair of the scientific committee of the annual scientific meeting in Prague in November 2015. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology and the European Journal of Surgical Oncology. Christopher is chair of the geriatric oncology interest group of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC).

Christopher is the current president of the Private Cancer Physicians of Australia (PCPA) and is a member of the MOGA/PCPA cancer drugs working group.

Christopher is a principle investigator at the Border Medical Oncology research unit (BMORU). The BMORU has been recognized for innovation in clinical research particularly in delivering care to a rural/regional population. Christopher has led a pilot project of supportive care in older adults with cancer with funding from Cancer Australia.

Sabari Saha (Geriatrician)

Sabari Saha

Geriatrician

Dr Sabari Saha is a consultant geriatrician at the Canberra Hospital and has been working at the hospital as a staff specialist since 2007. She provides medical input into the multidisciplinary Memory Assessment Clinic run at the hospital. She has an interest in medical education and has been involved in the teaching of various topics in Geriatric Medicine at the Australian National University Medical School.

Farhan Syed (Radiation Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital)

Farhan Syed

Radiation Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital

Dr Farhan Syed is a Radiation Oncologist at Canberra Health Services with special interest in stereotactic radiotherapy, urological and gastrointestinal malignancies. He is the Australian Capital Territory’s Clinical Lead and Steering Committee Member for the Prostate Cancer Outcome Registry – Australia and New Zealand. He is also the Director of Training for accredited radiation oncology registrars at the Canberra Hospital. He is the local principal investigator for multiple local and cooperative clinical trials. He investigates immunomodulatory effects of cancer and radiotherapy in pre-clinical studies at the Irradiation Immunity Interaction Laboratory at John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University.

Kok-Yang Tan (Deputy Chairman of Medical Board (Services Development), Head of Department of  Surgery Senior Consultant at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital)

Kok-Yang Tan

Deputy Chairman of Medical Board (Services Development), Head of Department of Surgery Senior Consultant at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

He specializes in colorectal cancer surgery and laparoscopic colorectal surgery with a special interest in low rectal cancers and sphincter-preserving surgery. He is also trained to perform advanced procedures in colonoscopy.
His research work is well published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals. He is on the International Advisory Board of Digestive Endoscopy and also on the Editorial Boards of European Journal of Surgical Oncology, World Journal of Gastroenterology and World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has also written a number of book chapters on colorectal surgery and published a number of editorials in international surgical journals.
He is the editor of the books "Colorectal Cancer in the Elderly" and “Transdisciplinary Perioperative Care in Colorectal Surgery” published by Springer in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
He is a Member of the Surgical Residency Advisory Committee of Singapore and has also been appointed as National Examiner for General Surgery. He is a member of the Singapore Medical Council Complaints Panel and serves on the Committee of the National Advisory Committee for Cancer. He served as the President of the Society of Colorectal Surgeons of Singapore from 2015 to 2017. He also served as a Board Member of the Chapter of General Surgeons of the College of Surgeons.
His other passion in the field of surgery is the improvement of outcomes in elderly patients. He is the Clinical Director of the Geriatric Surgery Programme of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He is actively involved in projects and clinical research on this challenging group of patients and is a member of the American Geriatrics Society and founded The Geriatric Surgery Society of Singapore in 2017.