Associate Professor Puma Sundaresan
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A/Prof. Puma Sundaresan

A/Prof. Puma Sundaresan
BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRANZCR, PhD, Radiation Oncologist

Languages spoken

English

Overview

Centers

Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology)
Macquarie University Hospital (Oncology)
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Norwest - Coming Soon
Norwest - Coming Soon
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Specialises in

Head & neck cancer
Condition
Condition/Cancer
Condition/Cancer/Head and Neck Cancer
Colorectal cancer
Condition
Condition/Cancer
Condition/Cancer/Colorectal Cancer

Treatments

External beam radiation therapy
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/External Beam Radiation Therapy
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
Palliative radiation therapy
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Palliative Radiation Therapy
Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
Service
Service/Cancer
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology
Service/Cancer/Radiation Oncology/Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)

Special interest in H&N and rectal, skin, lymphoma, head and neck cancer, health services research especially access to radiation therapy treatment

Associate Professor Puma Sundaresan completed her medical training at Flinders University in Adelaide, specialist training in radiation oncology at Westmead and Nepean Hospitals in Sydney and Postgraduate Fellowship in intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery at Sydney Radiosurgery, Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, Sydney in 2009. She was awarded a PhD (University of Sydney) in 2016. Puma worked as the Deputy Director of Radiation Oncology at the Central Coast Cancer Centre and returned to Western Sydney in 2014 to join the Sydney West Radiation Oncology Network (Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals in NSW) where she currently works as a Senior Staff Specialist. She has been providing private consultation service at Norwest Private hospital with private radiation therapy services at Genesiscare Macquarie University Hospital and Norwest.

Puma is an elected Director on the Board of the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), current Chair of the Board of Directors of Head and Neck Cancer Australia which aims to provide advocacy and support for those affected by Head and neck cancer and is a Council Member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. She has served on the scientific committee of TROG (2014 – 2022), Cancer Symptom Trials Group, Management Advisory Board (2018 – 2022) and the Radiation Oncology Research Committee of the RANZCR from 2016 – 2019. She is actively involved with education, assessment, and research supervision (honours and PhD) of students at University of Sydney where she has clinical academic appointment. As a supervisor of training, she is responsible for teaching, mentorship, and supervision of radiation oncology RANZCR specialist trainees. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology and reviewer for multiple international peer reviewed journals. She has convened and presented at various national / international conferences and has authored over 50 peer reviewed journal manuscripts, multiple book chapters and several International, National and local departmental guidelines.

Awards

  • Inaugural Dean’s Fellow in Radiation Oncology  at University of Sydney in 2011
  • RANZCR Withers & Peters Fellowship Prize 2012
  • European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QOL Fellowship (2011)
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Grant 2011
  • NHMRC PhD scholarship (2012)

Professional memberships

  • RANZCR
  • TROG
  • COSA
  • ASTRO
  • ESTRO

Publications

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