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Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors (2019) include: 

President: Dr Giuseppe Sasso 

Scientific Committee Chair: Prof Trevor Leong

Full Member Director: Dr Purnima Sundaresan 

Full Member Director: Dr Fiona Hegi-Johnson

Full Member Director:  Prof Annette Haworth

RANZCR FRO Director: Dr Madhavi Chilkuri

Independent Director and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee: Dr Tim Kuypers PhD

Independent Director: Mr Denis Byron

Independent Consumer Representative Director: Mr Rob Ferguson


TROG Constitution

TROG Constitution

Meet some of our board members

 Dr Giuseppe Sasso, President

Giuseppe (Peppe) is TROG President and the Clinical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland District Health Board, Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Working Group of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, and Honorary Academic at the University of Auckland. He’s specialised in the treatment of prostate, head and neck cancers, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy.

Prof Trevor Leong, Scientific Committee Chair

Trevor is Director of Radiation Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is actively involved with clinical research programs and has been a principal investigator in numerous phase I/II/III studies relating to gastrointestinal malignancies. He has been involved with AGITG activities for over 10 years as a trial investigator, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Board member.

Dr Fiona Hegi-Johnson, Full member Director

Fiona is a Radiation Oncologist at the Peter MacCalllum Cancer Centre in Victoria and Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Clinically, she specializes in the treatment of patients with lung, breast and head and neck cancer. Fiona is also Chair of the TROG Lung Subspecialty group. Continue reading...

 A/Prof Purnima SundaresanFull Member Director

Puma is a consultant radiation oncologist at Blacktown and Westmead Hospitals specialising in head and neck, gastrointestinal and haematological malignancies. She is a member of the Radiation Oncology Research Committee of RANZCR, an associate editor on the editorial board of JMIRO, the publications portfolio lead for the TROG Scientific Committee. 

Dr Annette HaworthFull Member Director

Dr Madhavi Chilkuri, RANZCR FRO Director

Madhavi is a radiation oncologist at the Townsville Cancer Centre and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the James Cook University in Queensland. She specialises in the management of head and neck, thoracic and upper gastrointestinal malignancies. She is Dean of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, also serving on the organisation's Board of Directors

Dr Tim Kuypers, Independent Director and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee:

Tim works as a Special Advisor for HoustonKemp Economists and the Principal at Walbrook Partners. He is an experienced and well-respected rail safety expert. Tim contributes his vast understanding of regulation to the TROG Board. 

Mr Denis Byron, Independent Director


Mr Rob Ferguson , Independent Consumer Representative

Rob is a consumer advocate to cancer patients at St Vincent’s Hospital and a Telephone Group Counsellor at Cancer Council NSW.  He was formerly Chair of Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia, President of Muscular Dystrophy NSW, and a director of Colliers International.


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