Dorothy Keefe

Professor of Cancer Medicine
University of Adelaide
Professor Keefe is the Clinical Ambassador for the Transforming Health initiative in SA, Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and a Senior Medical Oncologist at Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre. She is the Past-President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). Dorothy Keefe graduated in Medicine from the University of London in 1986, migrated to Australia and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1996. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1999, for a thesis entitled ‘The effect of cytotoxic chemotherapy on the mucosa of the small intestine’. Professor Keefe’s research interest is in toxicity of cancer treatment, particularly mucositis and how it links to other toxicities. Her laboratory work investigates chemotherapy and radiotherapy-induced whole gut damage, and the efficacy of new agents in prevention and treatment. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in this area. In the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours Professor Keefe received the Public Service Medal for “outstanding service in the areas of Public Health, Medical Research and Oncology”. And in 2014 she received the MASCC Distinguished Service Award for “longstanding, devoted and exemplary service to MASCC”. She has recently completed a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Medical Leadership at Birbeck College, University of London and her thesis was titled “Using Clinical Leadership to Drive Success in Making the ‘Case for Change’ for Healthcare Reform: A Case Study from the South Australian Transforming Health Program.