From 1965 to 1990, I was the team leader for research into the use of ultrasound for imaging the breast, and for establishing the diagnostic criteria to differentiate between benign breast conditions and the detection of early breast cancers. This research was undertaken in Sydney at the Ultrasonics Institute, which was a part of the Commonwealth Department of Health, and later became part of the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics. The clinical evaluation was performed in conjunction with the Department of Surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital, and the research played a major factor role in the establishment of breast ultrasound in Australia and internationally. More than 75 scientific articles and book chapters were published as result of the research.
In 1990, I established the International Breast Ultrasound School (IBUS) in Switzerland, and become the Founding President. I took on the role of Chief Exexutive Officer, and from 1990 to the present time have been responsible for directing and administrating the school’s activities in developing and delivering high quality international training courses with a faculty of nearly forty international breast disease experts. More than 100 courses have been held to over 10,000 participants in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America (http://www.ibus.org).
I am a research scientist, and began my career with the Ultrasonics Institure in Sydney. I graduated from the University of Sydney (BSc, BE), and the University of New South Wales (PhD), and was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery - Honoris Causa (Hon MD) from the University of Ferrara in Italy. I have published more than 75 articles and book chapters, and have co-edited two books on ultrasonic breast imaging.
I am the Founding President of the International Breast Ultrasound School (IBUS), and since its formation the school has provided more than 100 courses to over 10,000 registrants in different locations around the world. The courses are based on lectures, interactive sessions, and practical “hands-on” workshops covering a wide range of topics on breast imaging modalities and image-guided interventional procedures.
My fellowships and life memberships are as follows:
Honorary Associate Member, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Fellow, Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine
Life Member, Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
Life Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
In 2009, I was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) “for services to medicine through the development of diagnostic ultrasound equipment, particularly in the field of breast disease and education programs for health professionals”.
In 2012, I was awarded the title of Adjunct Professor in the Discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney.
I am frequently invited to present lectures at meetings and courses, and in the last five years have lectured on a number of occasions in Athens (Greece), Ferrara (Italy), Chicago (USA), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Istanbul (Turkey).