The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Director of Neurosurgery Professor Kate Drummond AM has been appointed to the University of Melbourne Academic Board.
The prestigious appointment to the University of Melbourne Academic Board means Professor Drummond is responsible for overseeing academic quality and the maintenance of high standards in teaching, learning and research at the University.
This includes setting policies and monitoring standards for course and subject entry, monitoring selection requirements for scholarships and providing recommendations, advice and reports.
Professor Drummond has had a rich history with the RMH and the University of Melbourne. Since graduating at the University of Sydney and completing training in neurosurgery in both Sydney and Melbourne, she gained a Neurosurgery appointment at the RMH in 1997. Prof Drummond was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine in 2008 from the University of Melbourne for her science research, which she completed in both Melbourne and in Boston (USA). She was named Director of Neurosurgery at RMH in 2017, becoming the first woman to hold this position at the Hospital.
She has continued her research alongside her clinical appointment, writing 110 peer-reviewed papers, 10 book chapters and two clinical practice guidelines. She has received an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence grant, two current NHMRC project grants, two current Cancer Australia grants and numerous previous competitive grants through NHMRC, Cancer Australia and philanthropic groups to a value of over $10,000,000.
She curates the University of Melbourne Central Nervous System Tumour Bank, contributing all tumours removed at RMH for research, and has developed a comprehensive Central Nervous System Tumour database, a database unique in Australia in both size and scope.
Her interest in academia has also extended to an educative role. As Chief Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and a member of the Surgical Education and Training (SET) Board in Neurosurgery, she has the privilege of shaping the training of junior doctors in neurosurgery, and in surgery broadly. She has been awarded “Clinical Educator of the Year” by the Post-Graduate Medical Council of Victoria in 2011 and has supervised three PhDs, one Masters and one Honours Degree with a further two PhDs in progress.
Additionally, she holds the position of Chair of Pangea Global Health Education, a not-for-profit organisation providing educational providing educational opportunities and resources in surgery and critical care to low- and middle-income countries and travels to Africa yearly to coordinate and deliver the program.
Her appointment on the University of Melbourne Academic Board is a reflection of her passion in advancing neuroscience research and education, and an opportunity to provide her extraordinary wealth of academic and clinical experience in furthering the University of Melbourne’s strong reputation.