Dr Rachel Dear

IMG_5109bw-crop-smallMBBS (Hons 1) PhD FRACP
Staff specialist in Medical Oncology, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre

Conjoint lecturer UNSW and Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney


Dr Rachel Dear is a medical oncologist at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst with interests in the diagnosis and management of breast and lung cancers, and neuro-oncology.

Rachel’s employment includes a fractional appointment as a staff specialist in medical oncology, as well as part-time senior lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She participates in the on call roster for all medical oncology patients, and takes part in the undergraduate, basic physician and advanced trainee education programs.


Rachel Dear was awarded MBBS (first class honours) from the University of New South Wales in 2001 and subsequently undertook junior medical officer and basic physician’s training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst. This was followed by advanced medical oncology training at Westmead Hospital.  From 2008-2012 she completed a PhD titled “The potential of clinical trial registries to inform cancer care in Australia” from the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. During her PhD she held a NSW Cancer Institute Research Scholar Award from 2009-2012. She has worked as a medical oncologist at the Mater Hospital, North Sydney from 2012-2014, where her clinical work focused on breast cancer. In her role as Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Rachel has completed a Cochrane Systematic Review looking at the role of chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer, and she is currently conducting a study examining the control arm of randomized breast cancer trials.

Rachel has been the coordinating investigator for several investigator-initiated Australian studies from 2008-2011. She completed the Australia and Asia-Pacific Clinical Oncology Research Development (ACORD) workshop in 2010, a Cochrane protocol development workshop in 2008, and was awarded the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) Best of the Best Primary Care and Health Sciences poster and presentation in 2011. Rachel holds a number of memberships to professional bodies including COSA, MOGA, ANZBCTG, ALTG, and PoCOG.

Contact information
Phone: +61 2 9355 5655
Fax: +61 2 9355 5602
Email: Rachel.Dear@svha.org.au