Professor John Thompson awarded prestigious 2018 RPA Foundation Research Medal
31 August 2018
Former Executive Director of Melanoma Institute Australia Professor John Thompson has been awarded the prestigious 2018 RPA Foundation Research Medal for his outstanding contribution to melanoma treatment and research.
“I've won some medals in my time but this is undoubtedly the high point,” he said. Professor Thompson's illustrious career included 18 years at the helm of the former Sydney Melanoma Unit and now MIA, changing the face of melanoma treatment around the world. He most recently chaired the Working Group leading the updating of the Melanoma Clinical Care Guidelines.
Professor Thompson is only the second surgeon to take out the award. He was instrumental in the development, description, and refinement of the isolated limb infusion technique for patients with advanced limb cancers. He has made an enormous contribution to advances in melanoma treatment and has influenced breakthrough developments in the melanoma landscape.
For RPA’s Director of Research, Warwick Britton, Professor Thompson has been a game changer.
"His approach has changed the paradigm of management of melanoma surgery.”
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