After completing his surgical training at Mater Hospital in Brisbane, Chris undertook surgical fellowships at the Nottingham Breast Unit in the United Kingdom and the Mayo Clinic in the United States of America. On his return to Australia, Chris took up a position as senior lecturer with The University of Queensland and completed a PhD in breast cancer risk quantification.
Chris continues to work in public and private medicine at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, as well as continuing his research and teaching with the University of Queensland. He is on the Council of the Royal Australasian College of surgeons and is actively involved on shaping policy and content for surgeons Professional Standards, Education and Training in Australia and New Zealand. The RACS shares the Foundations aspirations to help produce a well distributed, culturally competent workforce, with extra reference to Indigenous Health.
Chris was attracted to this work through his personal experience of his sister’s treatment and subsequent death from breast cancer 20 years later, and believes that we should be able to deliver the same level of care to all breast cancer patients – urban or rural, public or private, irrespective of Ethnicity, State or Country of origin.