The Monash Health Department of Oncology provides more than 1.5 million residents of southern Melbourne with access to world leading cancer treatment over four locations within the Monash Health service:

Moorabbin Hospital: Breast cancer, GI cancer, GU cancer, Lung cancer, Head & Neck cancer, Gynecological cancer, Urologic cancer

Dandenong Hospital: General Oncology, Geriatric Oncology

Casey Hospital: General Oncology

Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP building Level 3). Monash Medical Centre, Clayton: Cancer Clinical Trials

Monash Medical Centre Clayton: Neuro-oncology (Brain Cancer)

Our Services

Cancer patients receive care from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up support. Through collaborative multidisciplinary team framework we provide the Medical Oncology aspect of cancer care, integrating with teams from surgical and radiation oncology and Palliative and Supportive care.

Our Staff

Department Head

Prof. Eva Segelov MBBS (Hons 1) PhD FRACP
Professor/Director of Oncology
Gastrointestinal Cancers Neuroendocrine Tumours

Senior Leadership Team

A/Prof. Arun Azad MBBS FRACP PhD
Head of Oncology Trials
Genitourinary Cancer

A/Prof. Michael Franco MBBS FRACP FAChPM
Head of Oncology Operations and Education
Palliative Medicine, Breast and Gastrointestinal Cancer

A/Prof. Jake Shortt BMedSc MBChB FRACP FRCPA PhD
Head of Translational Research, Haematologist

Dr. Michelle White MBBS GDipPallMed FRACP
Head of Oncology Quality and Safety, Breast Cancer

Senior Medical Staff

Dr. Muhammad Alamgeer MBBS MD MRCP FRACP
Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Peter Briggs MBBS FRACP
Lung Cancer

Dr. Puey Ling Chia MBBS MRCP FRACP
Medical Oncologist (Locum Casey Hospital)

Dr. Daphne Day MBBS (Hons), FRACPBreast, Head and Neck Cancer and Phase 1 trials

Dr. Sophia Frentzas MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCP (UK) PHD MRCP (Med Onc UK) PGDip (Oncology) FRACPGastrointestinal, Breast and Gynaecological Cancer

Dr. Geraldine Goss MBBS FRACP MD MMEDGynaecological Cancer

A/Prof. Marion Harris MBBS FRACP
Director of Familial Cancer, Gastrointestinal and Breast Cancer

Dr. Edmond Kwan MBBS FRACP
Genitourinary Cancer

Palliative Medicine

Dr. Ben Markman MBBS FRACP
Phase 1 Trials, Lung, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Dr. Sagun Parakh BSc MbChB FRACP
Phase 1 Trials, Lung Cancer and Neuro-Oncology (Brain Cancer)

Dr. David Pook BMedSci (Hons) MBBS FRACP MD
Genitourinary Cancer

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava MBBS FRACP
Breast, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Geriatric Oncology

A/Prof. Andrew Strickland MBBS FRACP
Gastrointestinal Cancer

Clinical Trials Fellows

Dr. Siddharth Menon MBBS

Dr. Chun Gan MBBS

Advanced Trainees

Dr. Adithya Balasubramanian

Dr. Caroline Lum

Dr. Gabrielle Lie

Dr. Katie Tham

Clinical Trials Research Staff

Ms. Karen Gillett
Oncology Research Manager

Ms. Merylyn Ryan
Oncology Research Operations Manager

Mrs. Irina Arzhintar
Study Coordinator

Ms. Cheryl-Ann Hawkins
Study Coordinator

Ms. Penny McGuire
Study Coordinator

Ms. Chris Brooks
Study Coordinator

Ms. Louise Davis
Study Coordinator

Ms. Chris Poole
Study Coordinator

Ms. Laima Muceneikas
Study Coordinator

Ms. Lindsay Thompson
Study Coordinator

Ms. Shelley Firth
Study Coordinator

Ms. Lisa Robinson
Study Coordinator

Ms. Kim Brewin
Study Coordinator

Ms. Frances Bishop
Study Coordinator

Ms. Linda Garrett
Study Coordinator

Ms. Isabelle Nehma
Study Coordinator

Ms. Stephanie Kaladis
Study Coordinator

Ms. Joanna Maggs
Ethics Submission Specialist

Ms. Sabah Saad
Ethics Submission Specialist

Sabah Saad
Clinical Trial Assistant

Ms. Lauren Curtain
Clinical Trial Assistant

Ms. Sarah Niazmand
Clinical Trial Assistant

Ms. Dixita Desai
Laboratory Assistant

Nurse Practitioners

Ms. Vicki McLeod

Ms. Gillian Kruss – Metastatic Breast Cancer

Support and Administration Staff

Ms. Annette McClellan
Oncology department Secretary/PA to Professor Segelov.
E: Annette.McClellan@localhost/Joomla_2
P: +61 3 8572 2392

Ms. Julie Kavanagh
Oncology Research Administration Assistant
E: Julie.Kavanagh@localhost/Joomla_2

Translational Research Staff

Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Group

Prof. Eva Segelov MBBS (Hons 1) PhD FRACP
Group Leader

Dr. Maja Green PhD, MSc,BSc (Hons)
Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Daphne Day MBBS (Hons), FRACPPhD Student

Mr. Cameron Naidu MBBSHonours Student

Prostate Cancer Therapeutics Research Group

A/Prof. Arun Azad MBBS FRACP PhD
Group Leader

Dr. Sarah To PhD BSc (Hons)
NHMRC CJ MArtin Post Doctoral Fellow

Ms Patrica Bukczynska BSc
Senior Research Assistant

Ms. Maria Docanto BSc (Hons)
Senior Research Assistant

Ms. Heidi Fettke BSc (Hons)
PhD Student

Dr. Edmond Kwan MBBS FRACP
PhD Student

Dr. Mark Waltham PhD BSc (Hons)
Research Scientist

Ms. Nicole Ng
Project Officer

Blood Cancer Therapeutics Research Group

A/Prof. Jake Shortt BMedSc MBChB FRACP FRCPA PhD
Group Leader

Dr Gareth Gregory MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP FRCPA

Dr. Mark Waltham PhD BSc (Hons)
Research Scientist

Dr. Zahra Sabouri-Thompson MD PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Ms Belinda Maher BSc (Hons)
Research Assistant

Department Publications


Singh S, Moody L, Lui N, Fischer H, Austin P, Chan D, Segelov EPatterns of recurrence after curative resection for gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumours: a population based study identifying timing of relapse and relation to surveillance imaging. JAMA Oncology. Accepted for publication Dec 27 2017. Senior author

Sarah Q. To, Edmond M. Kwan, Heidi C. Fettke, Andrew Mant, Maria M. Docanto, Luciano Martelotto, Patricia Bukczynska, Nicole Ng, Lisa-Jane K. Graham, Phillip Parente, Carmel Pezaro, Kate Mahon, Lisa Horvath, Tilman Todenho¨fer, Arun A. Azad. Expression of Androgen Receptor Splice Variant 7 or 9 in WholeBlood Does Not Predict Response to Androgen-Axis–targeting Agents in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Eur Urol 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2018.01.007. [Epub ahead of print]


Roy AC, Wattchow D, Astill D, Singh S, Pendlebury S, Gormly K, Segelov E.  Uncommon Anal Neoplasms. Surgical oncology clinics of North America. anal cancer edition Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America 26 2017 Jan 31;26(1):143-61.invited chapter editor and Senior author, Impact factor 2

Annala M, Nappi L, Azad A , Mo F, Fazli L, Chi KN, Wyatt AW.  Molecular Dissection of Complete Response to Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Inhibition in Type II Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma. Clinical genitourinary cancer. 2017 Feb 1;15(1):e145-50.

Wein L, Rowe C, Brady B, Handolias D, Lipton L, Pook D , Stanley R, Haines I. Prevalence of systemic anticancer therapy for patients within the last 30 days of life: experience in a private hospital oncology group. Internal medicine journal. 2017 Mar 1;47(3):280-3.

Srivastava R .  The Interpreter. N Engl J Med. 2017 Mar 2;376:812-3

Sandler CX, Goldstein D, Horsfield S, Bennett BK, Friedlander M, Bastick PA, Lewis CR, Segelov E , Boyle FM, Chin MT, Webber K.
Randomized evaluation of cognitive-behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy for post-cancer fatigue. Journal of pain and symptom management. 2017 May 11.

Chan DL, Segelov E, Wong RS, Smith A, Herbertson RA, Li BT, Tebbutt N, Price T, Pavlakis N. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors for metastatic colorectal cancer. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2017 Jun 27;6:CD007047.

Strosberg JR, Halfdanarson TR, Bellizzi AM, Chan JA, Dillon JS, Heaney AP, Kunz PL, O’Dorisio TM, Salem R, Segelov E, Howe JR, Pommier RF, Brendtro K, Bashir MA, Singh S, Soulen MC, Tang L, Zacks JS, Yao JC, Bergsland EK.  The North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Consensus Guidelines for Surveillance and Medical Management of Midgut Neuroendocrine Tumors. 2017 Jul 1;46(6):707-14.

Chan D, Segelov E, Ferone D, Albertelli M, Pavlakis N,  Singh S.  Escalated dose somatostatin analogues for anti-proliferative effect in GEP-NETS: A systematic review. Endocrine 2017 Jul 19:1-0. contributing author, Impact factor 3.1

Kwan EM, Beck S, Amir E, Jewett MA, Sturgeon JFG, Anson-Cartwright L, Chung PWM, Warde PR, Moore MJ, Bedar PL, Tran B. (in press).  Impact of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor on bleomycin-induced pneumonitis in chemotherapy-treated germ cell tumours. Clin Genitourin Cancer. doi: 10.1016/j.clgc.2017.08.012

Segelov E, Lordick F, Goldstein D, ChantrillL, Croagh D, Lawrence B, Arnold D, Chau I, Obermannova R, Price T.  Current challenges in optimizing systemic therapy for patients with pancreatic cancer: Expert perspectives from the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group with invited international faculty. Expert Review in Anticancer Therapy. Published online Sept 5 2017 First author, Impact factor 2

Chan DLH, Segelov E, Wong RSH, Smith A, Herbertson RA, Li B, Tebbutt N, Price T, Pavlakis N.  Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors for metastatic colorectal cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017 Issue 6, Art: CD007047.Contributing author, impact factor 6.1

Lam M, Tran B, Beck S, Tie J, Herath D, Whittle J, Kwan EM, Fox S, Fellowes A, Ananda S, Lipton L, Gibbs P, Rosenthal M, Desai J. (in press). Precision medicine using a clinician-directed, tailored approach to molecular profiling. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12787

Chan D, Segelov E, Singh S.Update on the use of everolimus in the management of metastatic neuroendocrine tumors of gastrointestinal origin. Invited article; Therapeutic advances in gastroenterology; 2017: 10 (1) 132-141. One of three contributing authors, Impact factor 5 doi:10.1177/1756283X16674660

Templeton, D. J. , Roberts, J. M. , Poynten, I. M. , Law, C , Hillman, R. J. , Farnsworth, A., Fairley, C. K., Tabrizi, S. N. , Grulich, A. E. , Jin, F. , Acraman, B. , Carr, A.,or: Carroll, S., Cooper, D. , Cornall, A. , Crampton, L. , Fairley, K. , Feeney, L. , Fraissard, E. , Howard, K. & 21 others Law, M., Machalek, D. A., McCaffery, K., McGrath, P. Mellor, R., Norris, R., O’Dwyer, M., Pendlebury, S., Petoumenos, K., Phillips, S., Poynten, I. M., Prestage, G., Richards, A., Schema, L., Seeds, D., Segelov E , Templeton, D., Thurloe, J. K., Tong, W. W. Y., Varma, R.
On behalf of the SPANC Study Team Prevalence and predictors of unsatisfactory anal cytology tests in a cohort of gay and bisexual men in Sydney, Australia: Baseline findings from the Study of the Prevention of Anal Cancer (SPANC). 2017 European Journal of Cancer Prevention. 26, 3, p. 212-216

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Department Abstracts


Segelov E, Williams D, Chia J, Sieber O. COX2 and HLA immunohistochemical (IHC) staining in colorectal tumour samples from patients participating in the ASCOLT clinical trial of adjuvant aspirin therapy. Presented at ASCO GI 2018.

Clarke S, Burge M,  Feeney K, Jones K, Gibbs P, Molloy M,Marx G, Price T, Reece W, Segelov E, Tebbutt N.  Results from an Australian translational study to evaluate the prognostic role of inflammatory markers in patients with mCRC treated with bevacizumab. Presented at ASCO GI 2018


Poon P, Shaw T, Franco M, Runacres F, William L, Yoong J. Successful large volume ‘lymphocentesis’ for refractory lymphoedema in lower and upper limbs. Internal Medicine Journal. 2017 May 1;47(5):607-.

Lee B, Cohen J, Lipton L, Tie J, Javed A, Li , Goldstein D, Cooray P, B Nagrial A, Burge M, Tebbutt N, Nikfarjam M, Harris M, O’Broin-Lennon, Wolfganag C, TomasettiC, Papadopoulos NJ, Kinzler K, Vogelstein B, Gibbs P. Potential role of circulating tumour DNA( ctDNA) in the early diagnosis and post-operative management of localised pancreatic cancer. ASCO GI 2017 Abs 4101

Cubillo A, dean A, Munoz A, Pazo Cid R, Martin M, Mercade T, Lipton L, Harris M, Santasusana J, Gullen C, Tebbutt N, Cooray P, Sohal D, Zalupski M, Kolevska T, Stagg R , Holmgren E, Goldstein D. Yosemite : A 3 arm Double blind randomised Phase 2 study of Gemcitabine , Abraxane amd Placebo versus Gemcitabine , Abraxane and either 1 or 2 truncated courses of Demcizumab .620 PD ESMO 2017

Jong I, Croagh D, Harris M, Bradney M. Biodistribution of implanted phosphorus -32 into unresectable locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma given in combination with gemcitabine +nab-paclitaxel chemotherapy – A single centre experience. World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology Congress 2018 Abstract 1745. Accepted December 2017

Updated June 2018

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