Professor Kelly-Anne Phillips is a Consultant Medical Oncologist in the Breast Service and the Founder of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Management Clinic at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She also holds an academic appointment as Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Her focus is on reducing the burden of breast cancer for women and their families by advancing and implementing knowledge in breast cancer genetics and treatment. Her clinical practice and research are devoted to the treatment of breast cancer and the management of women with a strong family history of the disease. Professor Phillips is recognised internationally as an expert in breast cancer genetics and prevention research and practice. She has received awards for excellence in cancer prevention, women’s health and clinical trials research.
Professor Phillips has published over 130 research papers in international journals and has been the lead investigator on research grants worth over a total of $8.5m. She led the development of iPrevent, a tool to help women understand their personal breast cancer risk and to act on it. She has also led the kConFab Follow-Up Study since 2001, amassing longitudinal data from over 5,000 participants which has been used to better understand how to reduce breast cancer risk. She has been national and international lead for several global breast cancer studies that have improved breast cancer treatments, and has been on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Breast Cancer Trials since 2005.
Professor Phillips is committed to ensuring high quality research findings are translated into policy and clinical practice. Her research and advocacy have been instrumental in improving equity of access in Australia to drugs for cancer prevention and prevention of chemotherapy-induced menopause.
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