Ian joined the Mercy Health Board and Quality Committee in September 2016. He has a special interest in medical ethics, palliative care and health equity, as a participant in professional, government, non-government and community work in all three areas.
Ian has more than 30 years' experience as a medical oncologist. He trained in New York and founded the Medical Oncology Treatment Unit at Cabrini Hospital in 1987 and the Melbourne Oncology Group, one of the first private practice specialist oncology referral groups in Australia, in the same year. He remains active in the medical oncology unit at Cabrini, which is now the largest cancer service in Victoria, where he supervises final year medical students and advanced trainees in medical oncology and palliative care and participates in clinical research. He regularly writes articles and reviews for local and international journals.
Ian was previously Head of Palliative Care Unit at Repatriation General Hospital, Visiting Medical Officer in the Departments of Haematology and Medical Oncology, Alfred Hospital, and remains an advisor to medical panels, legal firms and government super funds. He provided the only outpatient medical oncology service at Dandenong and Berwick in the City of Casey, one of Australia's most disadvantaged communities, from 1988 until 2012. He is also active in community health, lecturing to diverse groups on cancer treatments and palliative care topics.
Ian is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Monash University at The Alfred and Cabrini hospitals, where he has particular research interests in treatment of early prostate cancer, palliative care and end-of-life care, alternative therapies for cancer and relations between physicians and industry. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, and is a member of the Ethics subcommittee of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia.