Meet the Board

Board Members
The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

The TSANZ Board consists of highly experienced and knowledgeable leaders in their areas of specialisation. In consultation with members of the Society, the Board plays a pivotal role in determining the strategic directions for the Society, and ensuring compliance to governance best practises. It is also the responsibility of the Board to represent the best interests of the Society amd to guide the Society to accomplish its mission.

The Board holds a Board Meeting once every two months at the TSANZ Office in Sydney where key areas, issues and opportunities are discussed and resolved.

If have any questions or wish to contact any of our Board Members, please send an email to info@thoracic.org.au with the name of the Board Member you wish to contact in the subject line, or click on their name.

Our current TSANZ Board Members are:

Professor John Upham
MBBS (Hons), PhD
President

Professor John Upham is a clinical scientist and respiratory physician with longstanding research interests in the immunological basis of airway inflammation, and the development of novel approaches to treatment. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has been cited over 5400 times and has an 'H index' of 39. The majority of his publications are in the higher impact journals in the field.

He is a previous recipient of an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, and the Young Investigator Award, Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ). He has been a long term recipient of funding from the NHMRC,inclduing Practitioner Fellowships, Program & Project Grants, a Development Grant and a CRE for Indigenous Lung Health.

After specialist training in Brisbane, John completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia, and spent 2 years in Canada, before moving back to Perth in 1998. In 2007, he moved to Brisbane to take up a position as Professor of Respiratory Medicine. He is based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Translational Research Institute, and is the academic head of the Discipline of Medicine within PA/Southside School of Medicine, University of Queensland, and the Chair of Metro South Research.

Professor Anne Holland
PT, BAppSc, PhD
President Elect

Professor Anne Holland is Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of Respiratory Research at Alfred Health and Monash University, Melbourne. She leads a research program investigating non-drug treatments for respiratory disease, with >340 publications cited more than 19 000 times. Anne has led development of clinical practice guidelines for TSANZ, European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society. In 2021 Anne was awarded the TSANZ Society Medal for advancing the practice of respiratory medicine.
Anne brings respiratory-specific corporate governance expertise as a recent Board Director for both the TSANZ (2015-2019) and the American Thoracic Society (2019-2021). As TSANZ president, Anne would build on increased community awareness of respiratory health during the COVID-19 pandemic to advocate for best respiratory care, enhanced funding for respiratory research, and support for the professional needs of all our members. Anne believes that the diversity of our membership is a TSANZ strength and has a strong commitment to inclusivity.

Professor Gary Anderson
BSc(Hons), MCA, MFA, PhD, FThorSoc, FERS, ATSF
Board Secretary

Professor Anderson is Director of the Lung Health Research Centre and Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics School of Biomedical Sciences in Faculty Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. His research specialises in combining molecular genetic disease models with clinical translations studies to find new modes of treatment for serious lung diseases, mostly severe asthma, COPD and its comorbidities, IPF and lung cancer. He is widely published and originated the endotype concept of asthma. He is a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (FERS), American Thoracic Society (ATSF) and TSANZ (FThorSoc) and the 2006 recipient of the TSANZ Research Medal.

Dr. James Fingleton
BM, PhD, FRACP
New Zealand Branch President

Dr. James Fingleton is a respiratory physician at Wellington Hospital, with a sub-specialist interest in asthma. He is current Chief Investigator of the TSANZ NZ National Asthma Audit.
Dr Fingleton also serves as Medical Director of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand and teaches as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Dr. Tracy Leong

MBBS (Hons), FRACP, MPH, PhD, CCPU
Australian Branch President

Dr. Tracy Leong is a clinician scientist as the Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Austin Health and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. She is the current Victorian branch President and recent past Convenor of the Lung Cancer Special Interest Group. Her specific interests are in the use of bronchoscopic techniques for translational lung cancer research, national lung cancer screening; and national lung cancer data and tissue banking. She currently serves on committees for Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Oncology Group of Australasia.

Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud
PhD, MSPPM
Chair of the Research Subcommittee

Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud is an Associate Research Professor, NHMRC Fellow and lead of the Translational Medicine and Technology Group within the University of South Australia. She is also an Associate Professor with the University of Adelaide and Research Fellow with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. A/Prof Carson-Chahhoud is experienced in conducting randomised controlled trials, qualitative research and systematic reviews. Her broad research interests include: translational health research; evidence-based medicine; applications of novel technologies such as augmented reality; holographic technology and virtual reality; asthma; COPD; Aboriginal health; tobacco avoidance; and public policy.

Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood
BMedSci, MBBS, MEpi, PhD, FRACP
Chair of the Registries and Clinical Trials Subcommittee

Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood is a respiratory physician at the Alfred Hospital and clinician-researcher at Monash University. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Respiratory Medicine, Epidemiology, Palliative Care and Leadership. Natasha has been a TSANZ Board Director since 2020, responsible for Australian Branches and Chair of the Registries & Clinical Trials Committee. She is a member of the TSANZ Diversity & Inclusion Working Party; the Safe Levels of Staffing Working Party and convenor for the COPD SIG. She is past president of the Victorian TSANZ branch, having served on the committee for 6 years, and previously convened the TSANZ Symptom Support and Palliative Care SIG. She also currently serves on committees for the Lung Foundation Australia and is a taskforce member for multiple national and international respiratory guidelines.

A/Prof Yet H Khor
MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Chair of the Clinical Care and Resources Subcommittee

Associate Professor Yet Khor is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at Monash University, as well as a respiratory and sleep physician at Austin Health, with keen interests in interstitial lung disease and oxygen therapy. Yet has been involved in TSANZ activities since 2015 as Victoria branch executive and secretary. She co-chairs the TSANZ Clinical Care and Resources Sub-Committee since 2021. In addition, Yet is the Convenor for the OLIV SIG and the co-deputy chair of the Methodologist Working Group. She has also been active in international respiratory societies, as a member of the American Thoracic Society Clinical Problems Assembly Program Committee and the early-career editor for the Interstitial Lung Disease Section of European Respiratory Journal.

Dr. Sukhwinder Sohal
BSc, MSc, MS, PhD, FAPSR
Chair of the Education and Training Subcommittee

Dr Sukhwinder Sohal is Head of the Respiratory Translational Research Group and Senior Lecturer at School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston. His research group investigates cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying chronic lung diseases such as COPD, lung cancer, AsthmaCOPD Overlap Syndrome (ACOS), asthma, pulmonary hypertension, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). His lab is also home to investigations looking at effects of electronic smoking devices on lung health such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn devices. Dr Sohal has served in different roles such as convenor for the COPD SIG, member of the TSANZ Education and Training SubCommittee and Research Sub-Committee. He also serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of LAM Australia Research Alliance. He is a member of the Clinical Problems Programme Committee for the American Thoracic Society. Dr Sohal serves on the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology. In 2016, for his contributions to chronic lung disease, he was elected Fellow of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (FAPSR).

A/Prof Shannon Simpson
BMedSci (hons), PhD
Chair of the TSANZSRS Organising Committee

Associate Professor Shannon Simpson is co-head of the Children’s Lung Health team at Telethon Kids Institute and an academic at Curtin University. She leads a multi-faceted research program spanning from clinical cohort studies and interventional clinical trials to laboratory-based exploratory science, with the broad aim of improving the lung health for survivors of preterm
birth. A/Prof Simpson is supported in this endeavour by strong community
engagement and involvement, as well as wide reaching collaborative research and clinical networks into the future.

Professor Hubertus PA Jersmann
MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACP, FThorSoc, AMA(M)
Chair of the Professional Standards Subcommitee

Dr. Stuart Jones
MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Treasurer

Dr. Stuart Jones is a full-time clinical respiratory and sleep physician. He works at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, as Clinical Head of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine and has a particular interest in home ventilation. Over the years he has been highly involved in physician training and was the Director of Physician Education at Middlemore Hospital for eight years. He is currently also Medical Director of the New Zealand Asthma and Respiratory Foundation. He has a research background with an interest in airways diseases and is currently involved in local research projects in bronchiectasis and asthma.

Dr. Graham Hall
BAppSci PhD CRFS FANZSRS FERS
Chief Executive Officer

Company Secretary

Dr. Graham Hall is an internationally recognised respiratory physiologist and was a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University and held an adjunct position at the Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia. Graham completed his PhD at the Telethon Kids Institute in late 1999 before working in the University Children's Hospitals in Zurich and Bern in Switzerland.

Graham brings great experience and knowledge, including an impressive 20 years working in lung health. He has worked as the Deputy Director and Co-Head of Children’s Lung Health at one of the largest and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, Telethon Kids Institute. Over the course of his career, Graham has established an international reputation in paediatric respiratory science and has contributed to both research and policy development.

With his passion for making a difference in the respiratory health space, Graham inspires colleagues and is a natural leader. His ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and his commitment to supporting the professional development of all those engaged in respiratory health ensure that under Graham’s leadership, TSANZ will continue to be responsive to servicing the educational, professional community, advocacy and other needs of its members.