Robert Thomas

Professor Robert Thomas OAM

MS MBBS FRACS FRCS Deputy Chairperson
Alliance position: Special Advisor on Health, University of Melbourne and Victorian Government, Chair, Cancer Australia’s Advisory Council, Chair, National Cancer Reference Group

Professor Robert Thomas is Special Advisor on Health, Professorial Fellow University of Melbourne, the Chair of Cancer Australia’s Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the COAG committee, the National Cancer Expert Reference Group

He has been instrumental in cancer reform and designing Victoria’s world leading system of care for cancer patients. During his career, he has been the Director of Surgical Oncology and Interim CEO at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, has published over 100 scientific papers and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to medicine.

Professor Thomas has overseen the development of the Optimal care Pathways designed to improve cancer care and aims to achieve implementation of these Pathways across all jurisdictions in Australia.

As past Chair of the Victorian Cancer Agency and one of the original members of the Agency he worked with government to provide new recurrent funding for cancer research in Victoria. He was instrumental in developing large scale collaborative cancer research programs across Institutions in Victoria.

Professor Thomas was appointed the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in July 2016.