2018 Award Recipients

2018 Arthur M. Sutherland Award and Memorial Lecture Recipient

Professor Richard Fielding, BA (Hons), Dip Clin Psych, PhD (Hong Kong)

Richard Fielding graduated in Psychology & Zoology from the University of London in 1974, completed his clinical psychology training in Manchester establishing one of the first cardiac rehabilitation programmes and support groups for women with breast cancer in the UK. After finishing a PhD from the University of Sheffield in medical psychology, he moved east, joining HKU as Assistant Professor in Medical Psychology in 1982. His research interests include social aspects of cancer and optimization of care for patients with chronic illness. He retired from full-time academia in 2017 but remains Honourary Professor of Medical Psychology in Public Health. He was formerly Head of the Behavioural Sciences Unit, and Director of CePORT, the Centre for Psycho-Oncology Research & Training, and of the Health Behaviour Research Group in the School of Public Health at HKU. Professor Fielding is on the Editorial Boards of the journals Psycho-Oncology, Health Psychology and Public Health, amongst others and has authored over 220 peer-reviewed papers, books and chapters. He is a recipient of the BMA Medical Book of the Year Award for his text on Clinical Communication Skills and has served in various board and committee positions of the International Psycho-Oncology Society, and is a founder member of the Asia-Pacific Psycho-Oncology Network. He is currently co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 2018 World Congress of Psycho-Oncology.

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2018 Bernard Fox Memorial Award Recipient

Professor Brian Kelly, BMed (Newcastle), PhD, FRANZCP, FAChPM (Australia)

Professor Brian Kelly is Dean of Medicine – Joint Medical Program, Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a longstanding background in clinical research addressing the psychosocial aspects of cancer and palliative care. Prof Kelly has undertaken large scale longitudinal cohort and intervention studies across mental health, palliative and end-of-life care, and psycho-oncology including research to explore ways to improve identification of psychosocial needs, health service models in psycho-oncology and integration of psychosocial care into cancer services. He has a broad interest in the strategies to improve education and support of health professionals in oncology and palliative care, including methods of clinical supervision and support, education in communication skills, and addressing the impact of care on clinicians. He has conducted research focussed on the patterns of psychiatric symptoms and disorder experienced by people with cancer, the doctor-patient relationship in end-of-life care in cancer, and longitudinal studies of bereavement in the cancer context, focussing on family and caregiver outcomes. His experience also extends to research and clinical service development addressing health care needs and services in rural and remote regions, and the psychosocial needs of Indigenous people with cancer. He has extensive experience as a clinician in the field of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with a focus on oncology and palliative care. Prof Kelly has contributed to national and international leadership roles including the Australian Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group and Chair of the IPOS Governance Committee. As Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncology, with the Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Tom Baker Cancer Centre, he has also played a leadership role in the promotion of a unique cross-national collaboration in Psycho-oncology research.

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2018 Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence Recipient

Dr. Lili Tang, MD (China)

Dr. Lili Tang is the Director of the Department of Psycho-Oncology in Peking University Cancer Hospital. She is also the first psychiatrist involving in palliative care and psycho-oncology in Mainland China. In 2005, Dr. Tang went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Tom Baker Cancer center as a visiting scholar. In these two famous Cancer Center, Dr. Tang gained lots of experience and guidance. She provides symptom management and psychotherapy for both outpatients and inpatients. During over last two decades, she and her team have served more than 20000 cancer patients. She edited the first textbook of Psycho-oncology in 2012 and set up curriculum on psycho-oncology for postgraduate students majoring in Clinical oncology in Peking University in 2015. She has been the president of Chinese Psycho-Oncology Society (CPOS) and Beijing Psycho-Oncology Society (BPOS) since 2013. With her effort, CPOS has been developing rapidly and become an academic organization with more than 2000 members. Under her leadership, CPOS helped twenty caner hospitals set up psychosocial services, distributed in 18/34 provinces in China. In 2016, under her advocacy and organization, CPOS published the first Chinese Psychosocial Oncology Therapy Guidelines for Cancer patient in China, which represented a milestone in the development of Chinese psycho-oncology clinical practice. Supported by the funding from Chinese government, Dr. Lili Tang has built international collaboration in Asian, America, Canada and Australia to hold trainings on psycho-oncology, palliative care and doctor-patient communication all over the country and to conduct researches in these fields and her department has been evaluated as the model Unit of Chinese standardized training of psychosocial service and doctor-patient communication in cancer patients (2015.12-2020.12).

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2018 Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award Recipient

Dr. Fiona Schulte, PhD (Canada)

Fiona Schulte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also a registered psychologist in the Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Fiona is Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and a member of a number of national and international committees focused on improving the care of pediatric and adolescent cancer patients, survivors and their families. Fiona’s research is broadly interested in enhancing the patient and family experience for patients diagnosed with cancer and improving the psychosocial late effects of childhood cancer survivors. She has been recognized for her research by receiving an International Society of Pediatric Oncology Young Investigator Award and Calgary’s Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40.

2017 Award Recipients

2017 Arthur M. Sutherland Award and Memorial Lecture Recipient

Professor Matthew Loscalzo, LCSW

Matthew J. Loscalzo is the Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine and Professor in Department of Population Sciences. He is also the Executive Director of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine and the Administrative Director of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at the City of Hope-National Medical Center, Duarte California, USA.

Professor Loscalzo has over 37 years experience in caring for cancer patients and their families. He is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the clinical, educational, and research domains of psychosocial aspects of cancer. Professor Loscalzo was the President of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and the Association of Oncology Social Workers. He is highly recognized and sought after for his strategic mentorship of leaders across disciplines. Professor Loscalzo has focused pain and palliative care, the implementation of problem-based screening programs, gender-based medicine and problem solving therapies. Along with James Zabora, ScD, they created the first prospective universal clinical biopsychosocial screening program in the United States.

Professor Loscalzo has held leadership positions at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, the Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center at the University of California at San Diego and is now in his 10 year at City of Hope-National Medical Center. He has created a number of highly integrated interdisciplinary biopsychosocial programs based on a unique staff leadership model.

In 2010, he received the Outstanding Education and Training Award Recipient from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. In October 2014, Professor Loscalzo was recognized for a lifetime achievement award in clinical care with the Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence from the International Psycho-Oncology Society. In August 2015, he received the Jimmie Holland Life Time Leadership Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

He is the PI on two 5 year NIH R25E training grants (teaching health care professionals how to build supportive care programs and biopsychosocial screening programs) and a site PI for a new third R25E to teach advanced cognitive behavioral skills. He is also on the editorial boards or a reviewer for a number of professional journals and has over 75 publications. His clinical interests are gender-based medicine, strengths-based approaches to psychotherapies, problem-based distress screening and the creation of supportive care programs.

2017 Bernard Fox Memorial Award Recipient

Dr. Gary Rodin, MD

Gary Rodin is the University of Toronto/University Health Network Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and Head of the Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Rodin is also the Director of the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He leads a clinical and research program on the psychosocial dimensions of advanced and terminal disease and on the development and evaluation of novel interventions to improve the quality of life and the quality of dying and death in this population. These integrated psychosocial and palliative interventions include Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM), a supportive-expressive psychotherapeutic treatment for patients with metastatic cancer and their caregivers, and an integrated emotion and symptom-focused intervention for individuals diagnosed with life-threatening hematological malignancies . Through GIPPEC, a University of Toronto Interdisciplinary Institute based at Princess Margaret, Dr. Rodin has established international partnerships in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to contribute to global access to palliative and supportive care for patients and families facing advanced disease and the end of life. He has published widely in these areas and is recognized internationally for his efforts to improve the rigor of research and the effectiveness and availability of psychosocial and palliative interventions.

2017 Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence Recipient

Chun-Kai Fang, MD, MSc, PhD

I am the first psychiatrist to involve palliative medicine and psycho-oncology in Taiwan. Since 1998, I involved clinical services of hospice palliative care in MacKay Hospice and Palliative Care Center as a psychiatric consultant. Since 2006, I began to attend the annual conferences of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) every year. Under the encouragement of senior professionals in the IPOS, I funded the Taiwan Psycho-Oncology Society (TPOS) on October 25, 2009, and became the first TPOS president. Via deep communication with Taiwanese government, I and my colleagues began to provide nationwide education programs, clinical service systems, and researches of psycho-oncology since 2010. After our effort, psycho-oncology services had been an important necessary part of cancer care in Taiwan since 2013. In 2017, under authorized by Taiwanese government, I am the program investigator of the 3-year nationwide psycho-oncology program to build the standardized psycho-oncology services, training courses for certification, and clinical guideline.

2017 Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award Recipient

Dr. Michelle Peate

Dr. Michelle Peate is the Program Leader for the Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research Unit (emPoWeR) Unit based at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and a National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Early Career Fellow. In her current role she is overseeing a number of research projects in psycho-oncology. Her main goals involve the development of resources for people who need them, and their evaluation through prospective, multi-centre studies. Her research portfolio has involved the development and implementation of a number of patient resources, including a fertility-related decision aid for young women with early breast cancer (now available from the Breast Cancer Network Australia) and a booklet on breast cancer and early menopause (available from the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre). Her work in this area is both nationally and internationally recognised. Current projects include the development of an online fertility-related decision aid for young women with early breast cancer with low health literacy and an online fertility-related decision aid for parents of children with cancer. She is also developing an online fertility ‘calculator’ for young women with breast cancer. To keep up to date on her progress with these studies you can follow her on twitter @DrPeate.

2017 President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions to IPOS Recipient

Dr Andreas Ullrich MD, MPH

Dr Andreas Ullrich MD, MPH, is Adviser to the Assistant Director General Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH cluster) with the World Health Organization (WHO) at WHO Headquarters Geneva.

Dr Ullrich graduated in Medicine from the University of Munich, Germany, got his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry Munich with his innovative study about stress among oncologist and oncology nurses. He then specialised in internal medicine through a clinical career at primary (Munich) secondary (Dresden) and tertiary level of care (University of Berlin). After completion of his medical specialization he studied and graduated in Public Health at the Bielefeld School of Public Health, Germany where he worked as assistant professor in cancer epidemiology.

He joined WHO at Headquarters Geneva in 2001, working on its cancer control program which is aimed at providing global guidance to WHO Member States in cancer control planning and capacity building. He has since has shaped the WHO cancer control strategy with the development of a organization-wide cancer prevention and control technical network which is engaging all relevant WHO programmes at Headquarters and Regional Offices in responding to the needs of cancer control in low-and middle-income countries. The translation of the results of cancer research into public health practice is Dr Ullrich’s focus as liaison officer between WHO and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO’s cancer research institute in Lyon/France. In order to facilitate the dissemination and implementation of WHO’s guidance and tools at national level, Dr Ullrich is leading the developing partnerships with governmental, non-governmental organizations and WHO collaborating centers. One major focus of his collaborative work is to join WHO with professional organizations such as IPOS and others such as ESMO (European Society of Medical Oncology) and SIOP (International Society of Childhood Oncology). Having IPOS as partner of WHO is instrumental to translate global WHO guidance on patient centered care and palliative care into national capacity building efforts.

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Arthur M. Sutherland Award and Memorial Lecture

  • 2018 – Professor Richard Fielding, BA (Hons), Dip Clin Psych, PhD (Hong Kong)
  • 2017 – Professor Matthew Loscalzo
  • 2016 – Dr. Barry Bultz
  • 2015 – Dr William Redd
  • 2014 – Christoffer Johansen
  • 2013 – Maggie Watson
  • 2012 – Luigi Grassi*
  • 2011 – David Spiegel
  • 2009 – William Breitbart
  • 2008 – David Kissane
  • 2007 – Uwe Koch
  • 2006 – Peter Maguire
  • 2004 – Lea Baider
  • 2003 – Jimmie Holland
  • 2000 – Robert Zittoun
  • 1998 – Hiroomi Kawano
  • 1996 – Steven Greer
  • 1993 – Ned Cassem
  • 1991 – Margit von Kerekjarto
  • 1987 – Morton Bard
  • 1984 – Bernard Fox
  • 1982 – Avery Weisman


Bernard Fox Memorial Award

  • 2018 – Professor Brian Kelly, BMed (Newcastle), PhD, FRANZCP, FAChPM (Australia)
  • 2017 – Dr. Gary Rodin
  • 2016 – Kimlin Tam Ashing, Ph.D
  • 2015 – Dr. Susan Okjsberg Dalton
  • 2014 – Julia Rowland
  • 2013 – Hanneke de Haes
  • 2012 – Darius Razavi*
  • 2011 – Christoffer Johansen
  • 2010 – Harvey Max Chochinov
  • 2009 – Phyllis Butow and Ruth McCorkle
  • 2008 – Paul Jacobsen
  • 2007 – Joan Bloom
  • 2006 – Yosuke Uchitomi
  • 2004 – Neil Aaronsen and David Cella
  • 2003 – Lydia Temoshok


  • 2006 – Aruna Tole, Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Care of Patients with Cancer
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Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award

  • 2018 – Dr. Fiona Schulte, PhD (Canada)
  • 2017 – Dr. Michelle Peate
  • 2016 – Dr. Shane Sinclair
  • 2015 – Dr. Katrina L Whittaker
  • 2014 – Sylvie Lambert
  • 2013 – Mariko Asai
  • 2012 – Wendy Lichtenthal and Claire Wakefield
  • 2011 – Nadine Kasparian
  • 2010 – Maiko Fujimori
  • 2009 – Anja Mehnert and Alex Mitchell
  • 2008 – Susan T. Vadaparampil
  • 2007 – Wendy Wing Tak Lam
  • 2006 – Linda Carlson
  • 2004 – Bettina Meiser
  • 2003 – Craig White
  • 1998 – Christoffer Johansen
  • 1996 – Yosuke Uchitomi
  • 1993 – Elizabeth Maunsell


Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence

  • 2018 – Dr. Lili Tang, MD (China)
  • 2017 – Dr. Chun-Kai Fang
  • 2015 – Dr. Andrew Roth
  • 2014 – Matthew Loscalzo
  • 2013 – Andrea Farkas Patenaude
  • 2012 – David Wellisch
  • 2011 – Marguerite Lederberg
  • 2009 – Penelope Hopwood
  • 2008 – Maria Die-Trill


Society Distinguished Life Fellowship Award

  • 2010 – Lea Baider
  • 2008 – Jimmie Holland


President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions to IPOS

  • 2017 – Dr. Andreas Ullrich, WHO – Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster
  • 2014 – Beth Diamond, President’s Community Award for Distinguished Contributions to IPOS

*Funding support for 2012 Sutherland and Fox Awards was generously provided by Cancer Council Queensland.

The IPOS Awards Committee shall select recipients of IPOS awards. If no suitable nominations are received, no awards will be given.

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