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Who's who in the Cancer Centre for Children

Senior clinical staff biographies

Head, Cancer Centre for Children

Dr Luciano Dalla-Pozza

Dr Luciano Dalla-Pozza is Department Head and a Senior Staff Specialist of the Oncology Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

A member of the Children’s Medical Research Institute Board, Luciano is also an active member of numerous subspecialty societies focused on the care of children and adolescents with cancer including the Australian and New Zealand Children's Cancer Study Group, the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group, the Children's Oncology Group (USA), and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.

Luciano’s interest and work has centred on the management of acute leukaemia in children and adolescents, the development of clinical trials in paediatric oncology and the development of basic research opportunities.

Luciano is the Study Chairperson of the ANZCHOG Acute lymphoblastic Leukaemia Study 8 Clinical trial and Co-chair of the Leukaemia-Lymphoma Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Children's Haematology-Oncology Group.

Paediatric Oncologists

Professor Stewart Kellie

Professor Stewart Kellie is a paediatric oncologist and neuro-oncologist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Clinical Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney.

He is also an advisor to the Australian Federal Government on the registration of prescription medicines, particularly in the fields of oncology and paediatrics for the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

In addition, Stewart was the chairman of the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee and the NHMRC Clinical Trials Ethics Committee from 2001-2004, and Chairman of the 16th International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology hosted in Singapore in early July 2014.

He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine for his thesis titled “Advances in Paediatric Neuro-Oncology” in 2005 from the University of Sydney.

With an ongoing interest in paediatric neuro-oncology, Stewart’s research currently addresses barriers to expanding the range and complexity of paediatric neuro-oncology services in developing nations in the Asian region, including training medical specialists from South Asia and South-East Asia.

I think the biggest change that I have seen in my professional career has been the incorporation of research – particularly clinical trials - into the frontline treatment of children - Prof Stewart Kellie

Professor Peter Shaw

Professor Peter Shaw is a senior clinician who established and leads the Paediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Team at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. The development of such a team has allowed resources to be directed towards many different aspects that can improve the outcome of paediatric BMT recipients.

Dr Geoffrey McCowage

Dr Geoffrey McCowage is a Paediatric Oncologist at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and a member of Sydney Cell and Gene Therapy. He is a Principal Investigator for clinical trials within the Children's Oncology Group and has a particular clinical interest in neuro-oncology and sarcomas of bone and soft tissue. Geoff leads the clinical and translational research of the Cancer Gene Therapy group at the Kids Research Institute.

Staff specialists

Dr Steven Keogh

Dr Melissa Gabriel


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