Scientific Advisory Committee

Lynch Syndrome Australia is grateful for the support and guidance provided by the following members of the Scientific Advisory Committee. These members represent experts across the many fields that are involved with the hereditary cancer condition.

Professor Finlay Macrae - International Researcher

Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne Head, Colorectal medicine and genetics, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Chair, Hereditary Bowel Cancer Group, The Cancer Council of Victoria, Secretary, International Society of Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT), Steering Committee member, US National Institutes of Health Colon Cancer Family Register, International vice chairman, CAPP organisation

Professor Finlay Macrae has had a career long clinical research engagement with familial gastrointestinal cancer including Lynch Syndrome. He is international vice chair of the CAPP trials which has defined the place of aspirin in Lynch Syndrome, how the Australian lead for the dose finding CAPP3 study. He is Secretary of the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours. He has helped managed The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s 30 year Bowel Cancer Surveillance Service which focuses on familial colorectal cancer. On Australia Day 2016, he was awarded the Order of Australia, recognising his contribution to gastroenterology, genomic disorders and the Human Variome Project. He is in public and private practice in Melbourne.

Professor Andreas Obermair - Gynaecological Oncologist

Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, University of Queensland, Gynaecological oncologist & cancer surgeon, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane Women’s Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital.

Professor Andreas Obermair is a gynaecological oncologist in Brisbane, Queensland spezialising in surgery for with uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancer and complex pelvic gynaecological surgery. From his work as a clinician Andreas receives inspiration for research, concentrating on making surgical treatments for patients with gynaecological cancer gentler and kinder, improving survival and identifying women at risk for gynaecological cancer. Andreas established the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research based at The University of Queensland and he co-founded the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation to fund gynaecological cancer research.

Dr Diana Rubel - Dermatologist

Consultant dermatologist, Woden Dermatology, Canberra, Visiting medical officer, The Canberra Hospital, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dermatology, Australian National University.

Dr Diana Rubel is a consultant dermatologist in private practice at Woden Dermatology, Canberra, VMO at The Canberra Hospital, and Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University (ANU). She completed her undergraduate medical degree (1988) and postgraduate Diploma in Paediatrics (1992) at University of NSW, her Masters of Medicine (specialising in cutaneous immunology) at Sydney University (1995) and completed her Postgraduate Specialist training in Dermatology (Australasian College of Dermatologists’ fellowship) in 1998. She has over 15 years’ experience at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Darlinghurst, Sydney, and has been a Staff Specialist at the Sydney Childrens Hospital for 10 years.

Her goal is to excel in patient care and service to her patients, her referring doctors, and her staff. She is passionate about consistently delivering high quality care to all patients, and has developed special interests in skin cancer management, paediatric dermatology, acne, psoriasis, cosmetic dermatology, and clinical trials.

Dr Daniel Buchanan - Researcher

Senior Research Fellow – University of Melbourne

Dr Buchanan has a PhD in molecular genetics and 20 years of laboratory experience in genetic and epigenetic testing and analysis. He is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Colorectal Oncogenomics Group appointed via the Research at Melbourne University Accelerator Program (R@MAP). His current research interests focus on 1) Improving diagnostic approaches and variant classification for Lynch syndrome, 2) Identifying biologically and clinically relevant subtypes of colorectal neoplasia through tumour profiling and integration of genetic, epigenetic, somatic mutations and histopathological features, and 3) Identifying novel genetic susceptibility loci for familial colorectal cancer and colonic polyposis syndromes through next generation sequencing and GWAS approaches.

A/Prof David Hewett - Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologist – MBBS(Hons Qld) MSc PhD FRACP, Academic Lead – Medical leadership program, The University of Queensland, Deputy Director (Endoscopy), Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital

A/Prof David G. Hewett is Associate Professor at The University of Queensland School of Medicine, Deputy Director (Endoscopy) at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital and Clinical Lead (Gastroenterology) at Redland Hospital in Brisbane. He is in private practice at Brisbane Colonoscopy. 

A/Prof Hewett is a gastroenterologist, therapeutic colonoscopist and health services researcher. His clinical interests and expertise are in colorectal cancer screening, polyposis/familial cancer syndromes, and the technical performance of colonoscopy, including detection, advanced imaging and resection. His research focuses on improving the effectiveness of colonoscopy, and he has published widely on new colonoscopic techniques, technologies and methods of training.

Dr Kathy Tucker - Geneticist

Director, Hereditary Cancer Clinic Service, Prince of Wales and St George Private Hospitals, NSW Health (South East Sydney Local Health District)

Kathy Tucker is the founder of cancer genetics in Australia.  When she established the Hereditary cancer Service at Prince of Wales it was the first clinic in Australia in 1994.

She has a major role in teaching and mentoring. She has an interest in a wide variety of cancer genetic topics. She is passionate about preventing cancers in Lynch Syndrome families.

She has pioneered the use of telemedicine in cancer genetics

Sian Greening - Genetic Counsellor

Genetic Counsellor – NSW Health (Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District)

Sian is originally from New Zealand and is married with four children. She worked for a number of years as a palliative care nurse, and was asked by many families if cancer was hereditary or not. This sparked her interest and she switched to study genetic counselling. In 2005 she was employed to start a Hereditary Cancer genetic counselling service for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Health District. After realising the barriers that many people face when changing their health for the better, she obtained her masters degree in Clinical Science (lifestyle medicine). She has been involved in numerous quality improvement and research projects, and is currently co-chair of the nation cancer genetics reference group, EviQ. she is particularly interested in removing the barriers that families with lynch syndrome face on the road to diagnosis, spreading the news around the family and undertaking the recommended screening. 

Karen Eaton

Cancer Nurse – Nurse Unit Manager, Palliative & Supportive Care, Greenwich Hospital, Sydney

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