Professor Michael Jefford, Director of the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) based at Peter Mac, will soon take the helm of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Survivorship Committee.
ASCO is a peak professional cancer organisation with nearly 45 000 members. The committee provides leadership and oversight of ASCO's cancer survivorship activities across the globe.
This Australian-first appointment recognises Professor Jefford’s international standing in cancer survivorship and his significant contributions around service delivery, research, policy and program development, and to the international literature regarding cancer survivorship.
He will be Chair Elect in 2020/2021 before taking the Chair position for 2021/2022.
Peter Mac Chief Executive Dr Shelley Dolan said the appointment was a fantastic tribute to Professor Jefford’s track record and international leadership in improving the lives of cancer survivors.
“Michael is a leading voice in cancer survivorship globally and we know he will make a massive contribution as the ASCO CSC Chair,” Dr Dolan said.
“From everyone at Peter Mac, we congratulate you on this incredible achievement and the difference you are making for cancer survivors.”
Professor Jefford, a consultant medical oncologist at Peter Mac, has a major clinical focus on the management of people with gastrointestinal cancers.
Most of his research has a cancer survivorship focus, aiming to better understand issues affecting survivors and developing and implementing strategies to minimise post-treatment consequences.
His work also focuses on the development of improved models of care, and work to better understand and minimise disparities in cancer survivorship outcomes.
In addition, he is an investigator on several cancer therapeutic and psychosocial studies.
“It’s a great honour to be the first person from outside of the United States to chair the CSC, and to follow, in the role, terrific leaders in survivorship” Prof Jefford said
“I look forward to working with the committee and continuing the incredibly important work being done to improve the lives of cancer survivors across the globe.”
Prof Jefford’s appointment coincides with the tenth birthday of the ACSC which has been providing information and support to survivors and carers, education and training for health professionals and cancer survivorship leadership and guidance since 2010.
Prof Jefford also chairs the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Cancer Survivorship Committee.