“Oncology is a challenging, rapidly evolving speciality. I aim to bring the latest advances to my patients as quickly as possible, to enable them to achieve the best possible results from treatment.”
Andrew trained initially in Liverpool in the UK and obtained his membership of the College of Physicians (UK) in 1998. After immigrating to Australia, he continued his training in internal medicine and palliative care at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1993.
On returning to Perth, Andrew established the palliative care service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) and St John of God Hospital (SJOG) Subiaco, and was appointed professor of palliative medicine by the University of Western Australia.
In 2001, having recognised a gap in healthcare information, Andrew established a quality health information website, www.myvmc.com, as a resource for patients, their families and allied health professionals. Together with a host of IT initiative awards, his efforts were recognized by the 2004 Prime Minister’s Award for excellence in community business partnerships for Western Australia. Through this website, Andrew was able to sponsor a scholarship for two medical students to attend a cancer elective in Lund (Sweden) for a number of years.
Driven by his passion to help patients with life-threatening illnesses, Andrew furthered his training in medical oncology and began working full-time as a medical oncologist in 2006, initially at SCGH and SJOG. He is currently the head of the Department of Medical Oncology at SJOG Subiaco and, at GenesisCare in Joondalup, provides patients in Perth’s northern suburbs access to care closer to home.
Andrew is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA), the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG).
While providing treatment across all adult solid tumours, Andrew’s key areas of interest are upper gastrointestinal and gynaecological tumours. He has published articles on symptom control, novel therapies for ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and the molecular profiling of solid tumours. He regularly participates in international clinical trials and continues to be a major contributor to pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer studies.
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Andrew is a bit of a Top Gun! He has a private pilot licence and regularly flies to Geraldton for his oncology clinic. He is also a trained sniper, having won champion at arms at Bisley (UK) in 1985 for the 1500m open site target and machine gun competition with a GPMG that fires 17.5 rounds per second. He practised jujitsu for 22 years, and retired from the sport in 2008. When he’s not flying for work or for pleasure, you’ll find him following in the steps of his father, Ken, a chef, cooking up a feast in the kitchen, or enjoying a bit of scuba diving.
Andrew has a good smattering of French, Cantonese, Italian and Spanish and welcomes patients from culturally diverse backgrounds.