Director, Sansom Institute for Health Research; Chair of Translational Cancer Research, University of South Australia

Ian Olver graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1976, completed an MD in 1991 on clinical trial methodology and a PhD from Monash University in bioethics in 1997. He trained in medical oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and the University of Maryland Cancer Centre in Baltimore. After serving as Clinical Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre and the first Cancer Council SA Professor of Cancer Care at the University of Adelaide, in May 2006 he was appointed CEO, Cancer Council Australia, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney and is an Honorary Associate, Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He currently serves on the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and the Board of Cancer Australia and chairs the Board of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre. He has published over 190 articles in journals, 19 book chapters has written 2 books and edited three others. In 2008 he was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and in 2011 received an AM for services to oncology.


  • 2014–present
    Chair of Translational Cancer Research, University of South Australia
  • 2006–2014
    CEO, Cancer Council Australia


  • 1976 
    University of Melbourne, MB,BS

Research Areas

  • Cancer Therapy (Excl. Chemotherapy And Radiation Therapy) (111204)
  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)