Professor Tracey O'Brien, Starlight Board MemberA/Professor Tracey O'Brien is a passionate physician leader with 20 years' experience in childhood cancer and proven success in driving national and international excellence in patient-centre care and translational research.

As Director of The Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital she delivers an in-depth knowledge of the health system and research landscape.

A/Professor O'Brien leads one of the largest paediatric cancer programs in Australia, with a strong national and international reputation for early phase clinical trials, precision medicine, blood and marrow transplantation, cellular and immune therapies, adolescent cancer, behavioural science and survivorship research.

She has been a leader in winning government, University and philanthropic support to build Australia’s first Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre and has a leading role in the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, Australia's largest national child cancer translational research program ever undertaken, resulting in the delivery of state-of-the-art precision medicine program for all Australian children with high-risk cancer. A/Professor O'Brien also leads the Transplant and Cellular Therapies Program at Sydney Children's Hospital and serves in leadership positions on many International and National health initiatives.

In addition to her medical qualifications, A/Professor O'Brien also holds a Masters in Health Law and an MBA, giving her a unique set of skills to lead large cross-functional teams, work under pressure and drive innovative change in health systems.

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As a children's cancer doctor, I have seen first hand, the power of what Starlight brings to children and families. I was motivated to join the national board because I believe strongly that the impact that the Starlight organisation makes to the lives of children in need is invaluable.
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A/Professor Tracey O'Brien


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