Christobel Saunders

Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of Western Australia

Christobel Saunders is Winthrop Professor of Surgical Oncology, academic surgeon, cancer researcher and teacher of surgery at the School of Surgery, The University of Western Australia.

W/Professor Saunders has been closely involved in strategic planning and management of health cancer services in Australia for the last decade as Board member and Advisory Council member of Cancer Australia, past President of Cancer Council WA (2009-2013), and locally as author of the WA Health Cancer Services Framework ( and first A/Director State-wide Cancer and Palliative Care Network.

W/Professor Saunders has substantially contributed to many clinical aspects of breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research. W/Professor Saunders is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer.

FRACS (2003), Royal Australian College Surgeons; FRCS (Gen. Surg) (1998), Royal College Surgeons; FRCS (1991),Royal College Surgeons of England; MB BS (Distinction) (1986), University of London.


  • –present
    Professor of Surgical Oncology, University of Western Australia


  • 1986 
    London University, MB BS