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Associate/Professor Robert Smee

After obtaining his fellowship in Radiation Oncology in 1981 Professor Smee worked for 2½ years as a Specialist at the Queensland Radium Institute, Royal Brisbane Hospital, then overseas spending 1 year as Clinical Fellow at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Toronto, and a second year at the Royal Marsden Hospital (RMH) in London. He became a Staff Specialist at the Prince Mary Hospital (PMH ), the first Clinical Fellow to be awarded this honour. Upon returning to Australia in 1985, he accepted the position of Staff Specialist in Radiation Oncology at Prince of Wales Hospital, becoming a Senior Staff Specialist in March 1998.  

Currently he holds an academic association of Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of New South Wales. His academic programmes include university-associated research with the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University in Sydney, as well as gaining membership on a number of national and international Scientific Boards and had the privilege of being president (2005) of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society.

Clinical programmes covered are Neuro-Oncology and Head & Neck Cancers, which include Stereotactic Radiosurgery (including IMRS), Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy (including IMRT). The clinical research studies (retrospective & prospective) include the Central Nervous System, CNS Quality Assurance/Evidenced-Based Research and Head & Neck. Two Patient-Response Diary studies have been developed for SRS and FSRT to capture the level of emotional responses and physical symptoms of the patients at periodical time points post treatment, recruiting over 600 patients since 2005 for the SRS study.

Quality of life is extremely important in patients with cancer and a prospective study was initiated with the Department of Psychology, University of NSW which looked at the extent of acute stress in patients with head and neck or lung cancer, and whether it translated into Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. In affiliation with Macquarie University, an NHMRC Brain Tumour Study is currently looking at the impact of ‘brain tumour diagnosis and the effect on mental health functioning and quality of life, as well as the effects on the individual’s primary carers / spouse’.

All of the above work fits into a very full clinical practice.

The Prince of Wales Cancer Centre

Department of Radiation Oncology

Level 2,

High Street

The Prince of Wales Private Hospital

Suite 3, Level 7
Barker Street

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