Associate Professor Kate Drummond, MBBS, MD, FRACS, graduated from the University of Sydney in 1988 and trained in Neurosurgery at Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney and the Austin Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She furthered her training with both clinical and research fellowships in Neuro-Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University in Boston. She has also undertaken basic science research in Neuro-Oncology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and was awarded an MD from the University of Melbourne for this work in 2008. She is currently appointed as a Neurosurgeon and Divisional Director of Neurosciences, Cancer and Infection Medicine at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. She is Director of the Neuro-Oncology Tumour Stream at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Deputy Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre. Her chief research and clinical interests are in the biology and management of brain tumours. Her research has been supported by a number of competitive grants from both Australian and US granting bodies. She has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles, many book chapters, and is frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally.
She is the former chair of the Neuro-Oncology Committee of the Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group for the Cancer Council Victoria and serves on the committee of a number of national cancer and brain tumour groups, including the Neuro-Oncology Committee of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australasia and the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology. She is involved with a number of community groups advocating for patients with brain tumours and their families.
She is Co-Editor of the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and Chief Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She the Deputy Chair (formerly Chair) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Section of Women in Surgery and is a keen educator and mentor of medical students, junior doctors and neurosurgical trainees.