Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders MB BS Lond., FRCS England, FRACS
Christobel Saunders is a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth and St John of God Hospitals in Perth, Western Australia. She is Winthrop Professor of Surgical Oncology and Head of Unit, General Surgery at The University of Western Australia; and holds both clinical and research roles in the breast and melanoma cancer field. She is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services nationally as member of the National Lead Clinicians Group and Cancer Australia Advisory Council, Board Member of Cancer Council Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia, and past President of Cancer Council Western Australia. Christobel has been involved in the development of numerous best practice guidelines for both patients and clinicians and her work is embedded in a firm evidence base implementing the latest research.
Christobel has worked in the breast cancer field for over 13 years and in 2010 received the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Patron’s Award for achievement in breast cancer research. Christobel’s research covers a wide diversity of areas including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial research and translational and health services research. She has an exceptional funding track record, having attracted a career total of nearly $23 million in over 55 grants awarded in Australia since 2001. Christobel has published over 90 scientific papers in refereed journals, two books and 18 book chapters. She is a co-author of the book Breast Cancer - a guide for every woman and Breast Cancer: The Facts, which was shortlisted for the BMA Book of the Year in 2010.
Christobel has a passion for health and medical research, patient advocacy and an exceptional clinical track record in the management and treatment of breast cancer.