Invited Speakers

International Invited Speakers


Howard A. Rowley, MDRowley

Professor (Tenure), Department of Radiology
Joseph F. Sackett Professor of Radiology
Chair, MRI Safety Committee
University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, USA

Dr Howard A. Rowley is a Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery; Chief of Neurological MRI; and the Joseph F. Sackett Professor of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He obtained his MA and MD degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and multi-specialty training at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board-certified and active in the disciplines of neurology, radiology, and neuroradiology. Dr. Rowley is internationally recognized for his contributions to stroke trials, dementia research, and advanced imaging techniques. He is first past president of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR). Dr. Rowley has received multiple outstanding speaker awards for his lectures and webcasts covering a wide range of neuroradiology topics. 

Claude Sirlin, MDSirlin Photo

Professor of Radiology, UC San Diego Health
Co-Director of the Cancer Imaging Program at Moores Cancer Center
Chair of the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System Committee for the American College of Radiology
Co-Director of the Radiologist Clinician-Scientist Training Program
San Diego, USA 

Claude B. Sirlin, MD, is an NIH-funded clinician scientist who specializes in liver imaging, metabolic imaging and imaging of hepatobiliary cancers. Dr. Sirlin founded and directs UC San Diego Health’s Liver Imaging Group, which actively collaborates with hepatologists, surgeons, pathologists and statisticians to advance screening, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of individuals with liver disease. He is also the chair of the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System Committee for the American College of Radiology and co-director of the Clinician-Scientist Radiology Residency Program in his university. As Professor and Vice Chair of Translational Research in the Department of Radiology, Dr. Sirlin mentors medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Over the last 16 years, he has supervised more than 150 trainees in clinical imaging research. He has published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles and is a reviewer for multiple radiology journals.

Kirsten GormlyGormly

Consultant Radiologist
Dr Jones & Partners
Chair, Abdominal Radiology Group of Australia and New Zealand (ARGANZ)
Adelaide, Australia

Dr Kirsten Gormly is a consultant radiologist at Dr Jones and Partners Medical Imaging, South Australia. She has special interests in oncology imaging and pelvic MRI including rectal cancer, prostate cancer, female urology and benign and malignant gynaecological conditions. She completed a fellowship year at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London was trained in rectal MRI by Prof Gina Brown while working at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. She is involved in teaching and research and promotes collaboration between radiologists and other speciality groups.



Radiation Oncology

Farzan Siddiqui MD, PhDSiddiqui

Vice-Chair, Radiation Oncology
Director, Head and Neck Radiation Oncology
Department of Radiation Oncology
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, USA  

Clinical Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Dr Siddiqui is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist specializing in the treatment of Head and Neck cancers. Along with the Medical Physics division at the Henry Ford Hospital, he has been very actively involved with their "adaptive radiation therapy" group and serves as the clinical lead on all such projects within the department.Dr Siddiqui did his first residency in Radiation Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. His post-graduate thesis was on the use of brachytherapy for the treatment of head and neck cancers and its role in minimizing xerostomia. His PhD at Colorado State University was in the use of hyperthermia and interleukin-12 gene therapy delivered using an adenoviral vector. Dr Siddiqui’s second residency in Radiation Oncology was at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. Upon graduation he joined the faculty at Ohio State University as the Director of Head and Neck Radiation Oncology. In 2012, he moved back to Henry Ford Health System as the Vice-Chair of Radiation Oncology and Director of Head and Neck Radiation Therapy. In this role he has been intimately involved with the development and establishment of a multi-disciplinary head and neck cancer team including ENT surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, speech-language pathologists, dieticians, neuroradiologists, psychologists and other integral members of the team.

At a national level, Dr Siddiqui serves on the Educational Committee and Scientific Committee for the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). He was the vice-chair of the ASTRO annual meeting abstract review committee for 3 years (2012-2014) and is the Chair for the next 3 years (2015-2017). He is also a member of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel for Head and Neck cancers. Dr Siddiqui has authored and co-authored 5 guidelines papers as part of this effort, and also co-authored papers on adaptive radiation therapy for head and neck cancers.

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National Invited Speakers


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Dr Jonathan Coates is a partner at Claro, a specialist health sector law firm. Jonathan has specialised in health law and the health sector since the 1990s. He has a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics (distinction) from King’s College, London. He has a PhD in health law – with his thesis looking at the regulation of medical practitioners. For a number of years Jonathan was a litigation partner at Buddle Findlay, a national law firm. He left Buddle Findlay to set up Claro in 2012. Jonathan advises public and private sector health clients, insurers, regulators, and professional colleges and associations on a wide range of issues.


Anthony Hill


Health and Disability Commissioner

The main role of the Health and Disability Commissioner is to ensure that the rights of consumers are upheld. This includes making sure that complaints about health or disability services providers are taken care of fairly and efficiently. Anthony Hill, Health and Disability Commissioner, began his term in July 2010. Mr Hill is committed to a consumer centred and engaged system, that is integrated in its care, focussed on safety and quality, and which encourages communication and learning. Mr Hill came to the HDC after six years as a Deputy Director-General of Health. During that time he had oversight of the funding and performance of the District Health Boards (then $12b), and a range of health crown entities, including Pharmac, the New Zealand Blood Service, and the HDC. His regulatory functions included Medsafe, the National Radiation Laboratory, and HealthCert. He has in-depth experience of the health and disability sectors, and began his 15-year tenure with the Ministry of Health as Chief Legal Advisor. Mr Hill has practised law in both private and public sectors. He holds Bachelors Degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Canterbury and Master of Laws from the University of Virginia.

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Rachael van der Griend

Canterbury Health Labs

Dr Rachael van der Griend is bipartisan, having trained in both New Zealand and Australia. After an initial misguided career in surgery she switched to Pathology, and gained her FRCPA in 2009. She is now pathologist at Canterbury Health Labs in Christchurch, New Zealand, with special interests in gynae-oncology, cytology and autopsy.


Radiation Oncology

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Sarah is a General Physician with a Special Interest in Geriatrics. She qualified from The University of Birmingham Medical School in the UK in 1997. She then completed her specialist training in the UK before becoming a Consultant in North London. For family (and lifestyle) reasons she moved to Hamilton New Zealand after the birth of her second child in 2012. She is currently a Geriatrician at Waikato DHB and the Clinical Unit Leader for the service. Her particular areas of interest are acute medical care for the older population and frailty. She is a strong advocate for the patient and the individualisation of patient care dependent on need and wishes.


Alexandra McCarthyMcCarthy

Head, School of Nursing
University of Auckland

Professor Alexandra McCarthy was appointed Head, School of Nursing, at University of Auckland in April 2017. A Co-director of the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program based at the Menzies Institute, Griffith University, she also holds adjunct Professor roles at Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology, and is Visiting Fellow at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. Prior to her relocation to Auckland Professor McCarthy was jointly appointed as the inaugural Chair of Cancer Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital and School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology. She has extensive practical experience in acute cancer care, which informs her strong international profile in cancer research. McCarthy’s research has two streams. The first focuses upon health promotion and risk reduction in long-term survivors of cancer. The second focuses on the assessment and management of the toxicities of acute cancer treatments, with an emphasis on the older cancer patient.