Dr Nicole McCarthy

Dr Nicole McCarthy


Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine University of Queensland Medical Oncologist

Dr Nicole McCarthy obtained her medical degree through the University of Queensland in 1990. She underwent her internal medicine and medical oncology training in Brisbane and was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1998. To further advance her academic career, Dr McCarthy joined the National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, MD, USA) Medical Oncology Fellowship program from 1998 – 2001. During her fellowship her main interests included clinical trials and translational research investigating new drug treatments for breast cancer, in particular inflammatory breast cancer and anti-angiogenesis agents. She also completed a Masters in Health Sciences in Clinical Research through Duke University and her thesis focused on autologous stem cell transplant and immune reconstitution in patients with metastatic breast cancer.Dr McCarthy has also spent two years in Auckland and was the recipient of the Breast Cancer Research Trust Fellowship Grant. Dr McCarthy returned to Brisbane in January 2006 and has remained focused on clinical trials research. She manages the Breast Cancer Clinical Trials program at the RBWH and is the Chair of the Systemic Therapies Subcommittee of the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group and is also a member of their Scientific Advisory Committee. Her other research interests also include management of gynaecological cancers and she is also a member of the Board of the ANZ Gynaecological Oncology Group and the Granulosa Tumour Foundation.

Dr McCarthy sits on a number of national advisory boards and has a close involvement with several breast cancer consumer groups including the Kim Walter’s Choices Program and the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.

Dr McCarthy’s work has been published in leading journals and she is an investigator on several grants including NHMRC and Queensland Cancer Council. Since September 2009, Dr McCarthy has held a position as Associate Professor in Medicine with the University of Queensland.

Dr McCarthy is currently working at the Icon Cancer Care Wesley day hospital and is also a senior medical oncologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). She is current chairperson of the Icon Cancer Foundation research committee.