Raphael obtained his initial medical degree from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1996 and spent his formative years at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). After working as a volunteer surgical registrar at the major teaching hospital in Kathmandu (Nepal), a term as a relief registrar in radiation oncology at RPH sparked a passion and prompted a change in career direction.
After initial training in radiation oncology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), Raphael completed his training at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. This was followed by a fellowship in image-guided radiotherapy and gynaecology/brachytherapy at the Austin Hospital in Victoria.
Raphael returned to SCGH in 2009 and was appointed head of the Department of Radiation Oncology from 2011 – 2013. He then movedto GenesisCare where he is currently the director of cancer services at Shenton House in Joondalup. He also works as a consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital and at GenesisCare Wembley, and conducts a clinic in Geraldton on a monthly basis.
Heavily involved in his profession, Raphael is a council board member of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), adjust associate professor at the School of Medical and Health Sciences at ECU, assistant professor at the School of Surgery at UWA, and a reviewer for the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology (JMIRO). He is also a member of the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG), the Australia and New Zealand Head and Neck Society (ANZHNS), the Australia and New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG), and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). A keen researcher, Raphael also has numerous research publications, oral presentations and posters to his name.
Raphael is one of only two specialised gynaecological radiation oncologists in Western Australia and is active across multidisciplinary teams. He also has an interest in head and neck, lung, upper gastro-intestinal, colorectal, urological and skin cancers as well as the highly technical aspects of radiotherapy practice, including high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic lung and cranial therapies.