Prof. Ian Olver AM / Oncologist


Professor Ian Olver AM is a medical oncologist researcher and bioethicist, currently a Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He graduated MB, BS from the University of Melbourne in 1976 gaining an MD in 1991 then a PhD from Monash University in bioethics in 1997. He holds Fellowships of the of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, its Chapter of Palliative Medicine and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.  He trained in medical oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and the University of Maryland Cancer Centre in Baltimore. He worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and then as Clinical Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre (where he holds an emeritus appointment) establishing the first oncology clinic in Alice Springs telemedicine link for cancer care between Adelaide and Darwin. From May 2006 to December 2014 he served as CEO, Cancer Council Australia in Sydney. Returning to Adelaide in 2015 his research focus is in supportive care in cancer. He has served as President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. He was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 “For service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.”