Icon Cancer Centre Co-Founder and Haematologist, Dr Paul Eliadis has been honoured with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to medicine as a clinical Haematologist and to charitable initiatives. In recognition of this honour, we look back at his career highlights and extensive contribution to the community.
Dr Eliadis has spent his entire career caring for patients and supporting their families through what can often be the most difficult time in their lives. Seeing an opportunity to improve how cancer care could be delivered, in 1988, Dr Eliadis, alongside Drs Ian Bunce and Trevor Olsen founded Haematology and Oncology Clinics of Australia (HOCA) at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. They were true pioneers of private oncology practice in Queensland, establishing HOCA during a time where cancer care was only delivered in the public setting. Leaving the public sphere and utilising their depth of clinical experience and research to develop a personalised approach to care would form the foundations of setting a new standard of care. This saw HOCA expand to four oncology day hospitals delivering world-class care to thousands of cancer and blood disorder patients annually; and becoming what it is today – an international multidisciplinary group all working to improve cancer care globally.
Throughout his career, Dr Eliadis has held several clinical positions including: member of the Wesley Hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee, member of Wesley Hospital Quality Assurance Committee, Visiting Medical Officer in Clinical Haematology and Medical Oncology at Cairns Private Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University. He is also a fellow of Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia and member on several industry groups including: Haematology Society of Australia, American Society for Haematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, European Society for Medical Oncology, Australasian Society for Blood Transfusion and Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.
Alongside his commitment to healthcare and paramount contribution to the evolution of private oncology and cancer research, Dr Eliadis has continued to enrich the arts and give back in spades.