Dr Svetlana Balyasnikova, MD, PhD
Royal Marsden Hospital, UK
Consultant Cancer Imaging Radiologist specialising in gastrointestinal pathology at The N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, Moscow and The State Scientific Center of Coloproctology, Moscow. Currently Biomedical Research Centre Fellow specialising in Colorectal Cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital with Professor Gina Brown.
Svetlana undertook training in the PET/CT and Diagnostic Imaging departments in the Rigshospitalet, Herlev Hospital, (Denmark) and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital (UK).
Svetlana has a strong research interest in rectal cancer and has lectured at national and international meetings including: ‘The Deferral of surgery trial’, the MINSTREL trial (trial dedicated to staging and MR-based treatment decision making in early rectal cancers), and the IMPRESS trial. She has presented her research at multiple international scientific meetings and has been the recipient of scientific awards at several meetings (ESR 2012, EFR 2013, RSNA 2014, ECC 2014). She is the co-author of the Russian National Clinical Guidelines for management of rectal cancer patients and is working with Professor Brown on the classification of rectal cancer in the new TNM classification.
Dr Balyasnikova has published papers in gastrointestinal cancer imaging in peer-reviewed journals and has undertaken lectures and workshops at national and international meetings for surgeons, radiologists and oncologists in rectal cancer imaging.
She has co-authored (with Professor Brown) several chapters in major educational surgical, oncological and radiological textbooks and reviews of the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.
MD Director, Genitourinary Radiology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA
Alberto Vargas is a diagnostic radiologist with specialist training in oncologic and molecular imaging. His clinical and research activities are centered on the use of advanced modalities such as diffusion-weighted and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron-emission tomography (PET) for the non-invasive diagnosis, staging, treatment response assessment and follow-up of patients with cancer.
Alberto is Director of Genitourinary Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he has a particular interest in studying cancers involving the urinary system (e.g. prostate, bladder, and kidneys) and the female reproductive organs (e.g. uterus and ovaries). Medical imaging is a fast-moving field largely driven by rapid technological advances, and Alberto is committed to exploiting MSKCC's state of the art facilities through cutting-edge research in order to facilitate the rapid incorporation of advances in diagnostic imaging into the day-to-day care of patients with cancer.
Dr Jones & Partners, Adelaide
Department of Radiology
Kirsten trained in Adelaide, South Australia. She spent a fellowship year at the Chelsea and Westminster and Royal Marsden Hospitals in London with an interest in body MRI. She subsequently took a consultant level position at the Royal Marsden Hospital, gaining more experience in oncology CT and pelvic MRI.
Since returning to Adelaide, Kirsten has worked in private practice and at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She now works for Dr Jones and Partners, leading the radiology rooms at the Tennyson Centre – a private oncology day hospital. She is involved in clinical meetings and sub-specialises in oncology CT and pelvic MRI.
Kirsten advocates the use of standardised reports following a TNM format for oncology CT. She has published in peer review journals, is editor of the text book “Radiology in Surgical practice” and assistant editor of “Oncologic Imaging: essentials of reporting common cancers”. She has been an invited speaker at several conferences and teaching sessions around Australia and helped organise the ARGANZ rectal MRI workshop with Dr Gina Brown in Melbourne in 2010. Kirsten gained sub-specialty training in oncology radiology at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Deputy Director of Imaging
Department of Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne
Associate Professor Stefan Heinze is Deputy Director of Imaging at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. One of his areas of interest is Urogenital imaging. He learnt prostate MRI with professor Hedvig Hricak at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as part of a Body Imaging Fellowship; prior to this he gained experience in prostate US and TRUS guided prostate biopsy at St. George's Hospital in London.
He subsequently established the prostate MRI service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is involved in teaching prostate imaging. He is published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented widely at local and national meetings on prostate imaging.
Director of CT
Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne
Associate Professor Damien Stella is Director of CT at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). He trained in radiology at the Austin Hospital (Melbourne, Australia), followed by fellowships in MRI (Austin Hospital) and Body Imaging (UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, USA). He has undertaken sabbatical visiting fellowships with A/Prof Claude Sirlin at UCSD (2007) and Dr Gina Brown at Royal Marsden (2012). He has authored 49 publications and one book chapter, His clinical and research interests encompass many aspects of abdominal CT and MR imaging.
Clinical Director of Radiology
Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne
Andrew has been the Clinical Director of Radiology at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, since 2003 establishing the Women’s and Neonatal 3T MRI service and pioneered MR guided Focused Ultrasound ablation of uterine fibroids in Australia.
He obtained his medical degree at Melbourne University and completed Radiology training at the Western Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital followed by a fellowship at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and is a founding partner of Future Medical Imaging Group.
Andrew has a keen interest in pursuing new technologies and techniques, particularly under MRI guidance. He was the first doctor in Australia to perform MRI guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS or MRg-HIFU) ablation of uterine fibroids now having expanded into adenomyosis, bone metastases and desmoid tumours.This breakthrough technology has revolutionised the treatment of fibroids by offering a non-invasive day procedure, as an alternative to surgery.
He is currently supervising the training and credentialing of other specialists in Focused Ultrasound at the Royal Women's Hospital and training of Radiology fellows in Women’s and Neonatal Imaging.
Andrew has published peer reviewed articles on MRgFUS of uterine fibroids, MRI of Endometrial Cancer and Cervical Adenoma malignum.
Clinical Director of Radiology
Associate Professor Damien Stella is Director of CT at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). He trained in radiology at the Austin Hospital (Melbourne, Australia), followed by fellowships in MRI (Austin Hospital) and Body Imaging (UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, USA). He has undertaken sabbatical visiting fellowships with A/Prof Claude Sirlin at UCSD (2007) and Dr Gina Brown at Royal Marsden (2012). He has authored 49 publications and one book chapter, His clinical and research interests encompass many aspects of abdominal CT and MR imagi
Mater Private Hospital, Mater Adult Hospitals, Wesley Hospital
Peter Swindle is a urologist who specialises
solely in prostate cancer. His expertise lies in
robotic prostatectomy and he has a special
interest in MRI of the prostate.
He trained in Queensland and subsequently
completed a Masters of Surgery at the University
of Sydney on magnetic resonance of the prostate.
He then undertook a 2 year subspecialty Fellowship
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in
New York focusing on prostate cancer and undertook
2 years research on MRI of the prostate. He also
completed an American Brachytherapy Fellowship at
the Seattle Prostate Institute.
He has a research appointment at the Mater Medical Research
Institute as well as clinical appointments at the Mater Private Hospital,
Mater Adults Hospital, Greenslopes Private Hospital and the Wesley Hospital.
Royal Womens’ Hospital and
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Clair Shadbolt obtained her medical degree from
Otago University in Dunedin and general radiology
training at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand before
spending her final year of training in London at the
Hammersmith and Royal Marsden Hospitals. She also
gained experience at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Clair commenced two years of MRI Fellowship in the USA, in 2000 at the
University of California, Irvine, in Musculoskeletal and Neuro MRI, followed by
an Oncology/Body MRI fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in
New York City working with Hedvig Hricak an international expert in GYN and
On her return Clair worked at the Alfred Hospital reporting rectal MRI and
is currently at The Women’s Hospital undertaking MRI in both benign and
malignant GYN diseases and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne
continuing her interest in Body/Oncology and Breast MRI.
Clair has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented
papers / posters at both local and international radiology meetings.
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