Alan Rodger is an Edinburgh medical graduate who continued his training in that city, initially in surgery and subsequently in clinical oncology. He spent a year of his training in the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston returning in 1981 to take up a post back in Edinburgh as consultant clinical oncologist specialising in breast cancer. He worked with Prof Sir Patrick Forrest and his Breast Unit which was initially at Longmore Hospital. Later Alan, as Clinical Director of the oncology department at the Western General Hospital (WGH), helped to facilitate the move of the Breast Unit from Longmore to the oncology department buildings at WGH.
In 1992 Alan accepted the post of first Professor of Radiation Oncology at
Monash University in Melbourne where he was the foundation Medical
Director of the William Buckland Radiotherapy Department at the Alfred
Hospital. In Australia he was inter alia a member of the boards of the National Breast Cancer Centre, Cancer Council Victoria and the Faculty of Radiation Oncology of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology. For several years he also chaired the board of BreastScreen Victoria.
In 2003 Alan was asked to take up the post of Medical Director of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. During his time as director he oversaw the building and opening of the new cancer centre on the Gartnavel hospitals campus. He was also a member of several Scottish government advisory committees and has continued intermittently to do so since he
retired in 2009. He has been invited to review cancer services for both the Victorian and Scottish governments and in 2020 for a regional cancer service in Victoria.
His research and over 100 journal articles and book chapters have focussed on clinical trials in breast cancer and in radiotherapy as well as evidenced based medicine and guidelines in breast cancer patient care.
He enjoyed being trained by Prof. Dame Lesley Fallowfield to improve his communication skills and has been able to pass on such learning to others on a number of occasions in Australia.
He is a fellow of four medical royal colleges including the Chapter of Palliative
Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.