Dr Rachel Dear

Conjoint Senior Lecturer


Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Rachel Dear was awarded her medical degree (first class honours) from the UNSW in 2001 and undertook junior medical officer and basic physician’s training at St Vincent’s Hospital which she completed in 2005. This was followed by advanced medical oncology training at Westmead Hospital. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2008. In 2012 Rachel was awarded a PhD titled “The potential of clinical trial registries to inform cancer care in Australia” from the University of Sydney. A major focus of her PhD was optimizing doctor-patient communication. During her PhD she held a NSW Cancer Institute Research Scholar Award from 2009-2012. From 2012 to 2013 she worked at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney before starting her current role as a Staff Specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital in 2014. She is also a Conjoint Lecturer at UNSW, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She has extensive experience as an investigator of a number of national and international breast cancer clinical trials.

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  • Journal articles | 2020
    Gibson E; Stapleton F; Dear R; Wolffsohn J; Golebiowski B, 2020, 'Dry eye signs and symptoms in aromastase inhibitor treatment and the relationship with pain', The Ocular Surface, 18, pp. 108 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtos.2019.10.008

  • 2011: Clinical Oncological Society Award (COSA) for the Best of the Best Primary Care and Health Sciences poster and presentation

  • 2010-2011: The University of Sydney PhD scholarship in patient-doctor communication (medical oncology)

  • 2009-2011: Cancer Institute NSW Research Scholar Award

  • 2010: COSA Travel Award

  • 2009: Henry Pollack Research Entry Scholarship, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

  • 2009: Psycho-oncology co-operative research group (PoCoG) pilot study grant

  • 2009: The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Scholarship

  • 2008: Australian Postgraduate Award

  • 2008: Glasko Smith Kline Travel Award to the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) Annual Scientific Meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand

PhD awarded 2012 "The potential of clinical trial registries to inform cancer care in Australia"

Principal investigator for multiple national and international lung cancer clinical trials 2014-2017

Principal investigator for breast cancer clinical trials 2017-2018

Co-supervisor of PhD student from UNSW School of Optometry, PhD submitted August 2018