Robert JS Thomas
Robert JS Thomas graduated in Medicine from the University of Melbourne and trained in surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He commenced surgical practice in Melbourne based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he was deeply involved in the teaching of medical students. He then became Professor and Director of Surgical Oncology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He was instrumental in the development of the discipline of Surgical Oncology in Australasia and was responsible for the creation of the Surgical Oncology Group within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He stepped down from this position in December 2009 and now holds the title of Distinguished Fellow within the Division of Surgical Oncology at Peter Mac. His current position is Chief Cancer advisor for the Victorian Government. He is also Chair of the Victorian Cancer Agency with responsibility for the translational research agenda and funding of cancer research in Victoria. Robert Thomas has been heavily involved in the development of cancer reforms within Australia, has been past President of COSA, Chair of the National Committee creating the Colorectal Cancer Guidelines, and was a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on Cancer. He has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. He was honoured by the RACS with “Excellence in Surgery Award”. His recent interests have been the encouragement of the Cancer Reform Agenda in Victoria, including issues such as the introduction of multidisciplinary care and psychosocial support of cancer patients. He is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the ANZ Journal of Surgery and has served as Chair of NHMRC panels. He has ongoing research interests in the molecular pathology of gastrointestinal tumours. His other current research interests relate to health service delivery, outcomes research and quality of cancer care. He has recently been appointed Co-Chairman of a new National Cancer group in Australia, entitled ‘The National Cancer Expert Reference Group- NCERG’. This is a high level group to advise the Federal and State Health Ministers through COAG (Council of Australian Governments) on cancer matters.