Mr Adrian Cosenza is the Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association. He is also the current CEO of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), having joined AOA in July 2010. Over the past nine years, Adrian has led the modernisation of AOA into a vibrant and respected leader in the field of orthopaedics. Today, the AOA is in its sixth year of a major global benchmarked transformation of its orthopaedic surgical and education program as well as addressing leading aspirations in research, ethics and professionalism.
Adrian is an experienced CEO and seasoned director, having served in an executive capacity in three industries including medical education, technology and banking and finance. He is the current CEO of AOA Research Foundation, the first national CEO CookOff Brand Ambassador for OzHarvest, current Chair of the Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration in the Healthcare sector, and is the Australasian Ambassador for the International Medical Education Leaders Forum serving on the Global Planning committee. Adrian has served on the Board of 14 companies covering four industries in four different international jurisdictions. He has three degrees including a Master of Business Administration from the global-leading IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Masters of Commerce. He is also Fellow of three professional bodies covering governance, financial services and accounting.
Adrian’s passion is to create an environment for people to perform to the best of their abilities and assist organisations in achieving excellent outcomes.
Dr Denise Caruso is the CEO of ANZSA for the last seven years.
She holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she was a National Institutes of Health (USA) Fellow in Tumour Immunology and has been at the forefront of immunotherapy for solid tumours research.
Prior to commencing her graduate studies, Dr Denise held research roles at Harvard Medical School, Boston and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. Her previous role was as Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Children’s Cancer Center at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, where she conducted immunotherapy clinical trials and basic science research.
Dr Denise is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
A/Prof Jayesh Desai is an academically-focused Medical Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre/Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).
He Co-Chairs the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma service at Peter Mac, and acts as the Research and Education lead for the VCCC in sarcoma.
A/Prof Jayesh has been intimately involved in ANZSA since its inception, having co-founded the ASSG, and acted as its inaugural Deputy-Chair, and then Chair.
He has extensive experience in developing new drugs for cancers, with a particular focus on sarcoma, and is Head of Early Drug Development Trials at Peter Mac and co-heads the Precision Medicine/genomics program at the VCCC, enabling these activities.
He has served on several key national/international committees, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and World Sarcoma Network. A/Prof Jayesh completed his Medical Oncology training in Melbourne in 2002. He completed a translational research fellowship in sarcoma at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA.
Mr David Gyorki is a specialist surgical oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Hospital with a particular interest in the management of patients with soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma. Mr Gyorki is an active member of the Transatlantic and Australasian Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group and is actively involved in a large registry of patients with this cancer to better understand the disease and the best way to optimise treatment.
Mr Gyorki is also involved in translational research in tumour immunology and is particularly interested in understanding the role of novel immunotherapy agents to reduce the risk of recurrence for patients having surgery for cancer.
Prof Angela Hong MBBS, MMed, PhD, FRANZCR is a Professor at Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney. She is a radiation oncologist and has been a member of the Multidisciplinary Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/Chris O’Brien Lifehouse for the past 15 years.
As a clinician scientist, her research focuses on developing innovative radiation therapy technique and combination treatments to improve the outcome for patients with sarcoma.
Prof Angela is the co-Chair of ANZSA’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Mr Geoff McKinnon is a retired electrical engineer and company director who joined the ASSG Board in November 2013. Geoff was a co-founder of the consulting engineering company GPA Engineering Pty Ltd and served it as a director for 24 years and managing director for 13 years before retiring in 2011.
Geoff is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (Retd) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (Retd). Geoff is currently the chairman of the philanthropic group GPA Andrew Ursini Charitable Fund, the chairperson of the ANZSA Consumer Advisory Panel and has recently retired from the board of Parkinsons SA.
A/Prof Marianne Phillips is a Consultant Paediatrician and Adolescent Oncologist and Palliative Care Specialist at the Perth Children’s Hospital. Originally from the UK, A/Prof Marianne has a significant interest and clinical acumen in the management of sarcomas and is the lead clinician for the Western Australian paediatric and adolescent solid tumour and palliative oncology services.
She is a member of the Western Australian Cancer & Palliative Care Network sarcoma tumour collaborative, member of the Australia & New Zealand Children’s Haematology & Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) solid tumour committee, institutional principal investigator for the international collaborative group Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and a member of the international Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS).
A/Prof Marianne was instrumental in establishing the first specific adolescent oncology inpatient facilities in Australia to address the recognised specific, separate needs of adolescent oncology patients.
A/Prof Peter Steadman is an orthopaedic surgeon with special interests in upper and lower limb general orthopaedics, arthroplasty and bone sarcoma. Since becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1995, he became an A/Prof at University of Queensland in 2008 and has been a specialist practicing in both public and private hospitals. He was also a Federal Director of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) governing board and national Treasurer.
A/Prof Peter was the founding member of the Australian Sarcoma Group before it merged with the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group to form ANZSA, in which he now serves as a Board member. He is also ANZSA’s Orthopaedic Chair in Australia.