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

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 Bruce Thompson
BAppSc, CRFS, FANZSRS, PhD
Past President and Chair of the Professional Standards Subcommittee

Professor Thompson is Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests centre on the structure and function of the small airways in a range of respiratory conditions. He has been an active member of numerous joint ATS/ERS task forces in relation to pulmonary function testing including the Global Lung Initiative and is currently co-chair of the ATS/ERS taskforce writing the Interpretation of Lung Function Tests document. His contribution to respiratory research and laboratory measurement has been recognised by being awarded the ANZSRS research medal (Fellowship), Fellow of the TSANZ (FThorSoc) and Fellow of the APSR.

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. Elaine Yap
MBChB, FRACP
New Zealand Branch President

Dr Elaine Yap is a Respiratory physician at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, NZ. She enjoys working in the field of interventional pulmonology. Elaine is passionate about education in pulmonary procedures and is active in bronchoscopy and pleural training & assessment programs which complement the conventional apprenticeship model of learning.

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

A/Prof 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
Australian Branch Director

A/Prof Smallwood has research interests in breathlessness, severe chronic lung disease, models of care and palliative care. She established and leads the Royal Melbourne Hospital Advanced Lung Disease Service, which offers specialist integrated respiratory and palliative care.

Dr. Ingrid Laing
BSc, PhD
Chair of the Clinical Care and Resources Subcommittee

Dr Laing is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute. Dr Laing leads research in the areas of childhood wheeze and asthma, genetics of complex diseases and respiratory virology. Her experience has also included coordinating cohort studies and clinical trials. Dr Laing has served the TSANZ in several capacities within the Western Australia Branch and with two TSANZ ASM local organising committees.

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

Dr 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).

Dr. Andrew Tai
MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Chair of the TSANZSRS Organising Committee

Dr Tai is the Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. He is also the cystic fibrosis centre director, head of clinical trials and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. Dr Tai has served in many roles including Convenor of the Paediatric SIG, member of the TSANZ Education and Training Sub-Committee, convenor for the TSANZ Advanced Trainee Course, Specialty Training Committee (STC) of the RACP, Clinical Committee of the ASA, Medical and Scientific Committee Chair of the Asthma Foundation of South Australia. He has been a recipient of the TSANZ Allen and Hanbury Paediatric Career Development Award as well as the Best Paediatric Abstract at the American Thoracic Society for his PhD study exploring the long-term outcome of childhood asthma into adult life. His research interests lie in the fields of clinical and epidemiology of asthma and use of iHealth technology for translational care. Dr Tai will be providing oversight for the TSANZ ASM moving forwards and is keen to see all SIGs go from strength to strength into the future.

Associate Professor Shannon Simpson

Deputy Chair of the TSANZSRS Organising Committee

Associate Professor Deborah Yates
MBBChir, MD, MSc, Dip Occ Med, AFOM, FRACP, FRCP
Chair of the Occupational & Environmental Lung Diseases Working Party and Deputy Chair of the Professional Standards Subcommitee

A/Prof Deborah Yates is a Senior Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor, UNSW. Her clinical and research expertise includes obstructive lung disorders, occupational lung diseases (particularly asbestos-related disorders and pneumoconiosis), and rare lung diseases including LAM. She also has a longstanding interest in exhaled breath analysis including fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) and volatile organic compound breath profiling. She has always been firmly committed to medical education and post-graduate training, and to the participation of women and minority groups throughout the full spectrum of medical activities. She also serves on the RACP STC and the RACP Adult Medicine Division Committee and Executive Committee.

Dr. Stuart Jones
MBChB, PhD, FRACP
Treasurer

Dr 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

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.

Ms. Nicole Hatten
BBus (Acc&Fin), ASA, CPA
Company Secretary

Nicole brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of finance-based roles to TSANZ. Starting her career in a chartered accounting firm in Sydney, Nicole worked alongside small businesses to perform outsourced accounting functions before her next role took her to Melbourne, where she completed a graduate program at a large national organisation. Upon returning to Sydney, Nicole worked within financial services before commencing at TSANZ. Nicole has a degree in Business (majoring in Finance and Accounting) and has also recently finished her CPA in 2020.

Nicole started at TSANZ in 2016 and has worked extensively within the business in different roles, providing her with wide knowledge of branch events, continuing education and laboratory accreditation. Nicole’s prior experience and passion for both small detail and big picture viewpoints ensures she is well equipped to deal with different issues an organisation may face. Nicole is member-focused and prides herself on providing a high standard of quality in her position of Finance & Business Development Manager and Company Secretary on the Board.