David Ball, MB, BS, MD, FRANZCR

Deputy Director of Radiation Oncology & Cancer Imaging, Chair of Lung Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Professor David Ball is Chair of the multidisciplinary Lung Service and Deputy Director of the Division of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Imaging at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

Prof Ball is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, from which he also obtained his MD. He trained in radiation oncology at Peter Mac and obtained his specialist qualification in 1976. Since 1981 Prof Ball has devoted the greater part of his professional career to the problem of lung cancer. He has over 135 publications and his H-index is 27. Prof Ball has given over 200 presentations at national and international meetings.

Prof Ball’s past professional activities include Secretary General of the Sixth World Conference on Lung Cancer held in Melbourne 1991 and President of the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) from 2001 to 2007.

Currently a member of the TNM Staging Committee of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Prof Ball is also the Chair of the Australian Lung Cancer Guidelines Working Party. Prof Ball has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology since 2007, and has served on the editorial boards of Lung Cancer, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Nature Clinical Practice Oncology and Clinical Lung Cancer. With Harvey Pass and Giorgio Scagliotti, he is editing the definitive lung cancer textbook: Thoracic Oncology: the IASLC multidisciplinary approach.

In 2011, DB was presented with the Merit Award of the IASLC and the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. In 2012, he received the Tom Reeve Award for outstanding service to oncology at the annual meeting of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.