Professor Ian Kunkler is Consultant in Clinical Oncology at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, University of Edinburgh. He qualified in Medicine at Cambridge University and St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. After junior posts in General Medicine at the Nottingham City Hospital, he trained in radiotherapy and oncology at the Western General Hospital, University of Edinburgh. He spent a year in Paris at Institut Gustave Roussy in the Department of Radiation Oncology under the direction of Professor Daniel Chassagne and Dr Alain Gerbaulet. He was appointed Consultant in Clinical Oncology in Sheffield in 1988 and specialised in the treatment of brain tumours, lymphomas, head and neck and breast cancer. He returned to Edinburgh in 1992 where he has been a senior specialist in breast clinical oncology.
His clinical and research interests are in clinical trials of adjuvant radiotherapy, breast cancer in the elderly, image guided radiotherapy and the application of telemedicine in the delivery of breast cancer services.
Professor Kunkler lectures internationally on breast radiation oncology including the St Gallen International Consensus Conference on the primary therapy of breast cancer. He is Chief Investigator of the MRC BIG 2-04 SUPREMO Trial of postmastectomy radiotherapy in intermediate risk breast cancer and the PRIME 2 trial evaluating postoperative radiotherapy in low risk older patients after breast conserving surgery.
He is a member of the Quality Assurance group on radiation oncology of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is a member of the RARECARE project on rare cancers funded by the European Commission.