Cancer specialist new Chief Medical Officer

20 February 2009

Sydney University cancer specialist Professor Jim Bishop is set to become Australia's new chief medical officer.

Professor Bishop is chief cancer officer and chief executive of the Cancer Institute NSW. He is a professor of cancer medicine at the University of Sydney, a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in haematology.

Professor Bishop's particular research interests are in clinical trials, anti-cancer drug development, new cancer therapies, leukaemia, breast cancer and lung cancer.

Last year, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to medicine. Department of Health and Ageing secretary Jane Halton said the health system would benefit from Professor Bishop's expertise.

"Professor Bishop will play a key, strategic role in developing and administering major health reforms designed to transform Australia's health system to meet the many challenges of the 21st century," she said.

Professor Bishop will take up his position as chief medical officer after Easter.

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