Professor Allan Spigelman received his surgical training in SESLHD, prior to his move to the UK for sub-speciality training and research into hereditary cancer. He is Professor of Surgery at UNSW St Vincent's Hospital Clinical School, where he was head of the Clinical School for 9 years.
He was the first Director of Clinical Governance appointed in Australia, is Regional editor of International Journal of Health Governance, was a member of the Area Executive Team and Director of Cancer Services, Hunter New England and then at St Vincent's & Mater Health Sydney and Director of the Kinghorn Cancer Centre and is a member of the NSW Medical Board.
He was heavily involved in the development of the Kinghorn Cancer Centre, including philanthropic fund raising. Prior to his return to Australia in 1997, he was Director of the Breast Unit at St Mary's Hospital, London, where he received the Hewlett Packard prize for innovation for establishing a one-stop breast service and was Director of the St Mary's Hospital Day Surgery Unit, where he introduced a 'See and Treat' one stop service.
His clinical interests include cancer genetics, being Founder Director of the Hunter New England Family Cancer Service. He conducts cancer genetics clinics at St Vincent's Hospital and in rural and regional NSW.
He is a former Chair and long standing member of Council of the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT) based in London and is only the second person since 1924 to hold the position of Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the St Mark?s Polyposis Registry, London.