Professor Ian Olver is a medical oncologist, bioethicist and researcher. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at the University of Adelaide. He is a former Director, University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute where he headed a psycho-oncology research team. He was previously CEO of Cancer Council Australia and Clinical Director of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Center.
Professor Olver is immediate past President of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer and chaired the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC for the past 6 years. His expertise is recognized internationally, including speaking engagements in Africa, Europe, and Asia.
He has published 302 journal papers, 28 book chapters, 4 books, and edited 4 books including MASCC Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship 1st and 2nd editions. In 2008 he was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and in 2014 the Gold Medal of Cancer Council Australia for distinguished service in cancer.
Professor Olver was awarded the prestigious Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 “For service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations.”