Susan Evans

Susan Evans

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr. Evans is a a gynaecologist, pain medicine physician and PhD with special interest in improving the quality of life of girls and women with dysmenorrhoea, chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis.

Dr. Evans studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania, winning the Surgery Prize in her final year. She completed her specialist training in Gynecology in Adelaide in 1996, and during her last 20 years in private practice, Dr Evans personally performed over 100 laparoscopies per year. In 2015 she co-founded the not-for-profit, Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia. In 2017 she founded Alyra Biotech to facilitate the commercial development of novel therapies for pelvic pain. She is co-author of the Periods, Pain and Endometriosis (PPEP-Talk) Schools Program, and a member of the Implementation Committee for Australia’s National Action Plan for Endometriosis

Dr. Evans has a strong commitment to teaching, research and advocacy in pelvic pain. She has authored and co-authored several research papers and books , including ‘Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain’ and the policy document ‘The $6 Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl: The Pelvic Pain Report’.

Her research interests through the University of Adelaide include her personal PhD research resulting in the novel unifying, Toll-Like Receptor-mediated, Immune Theory for dysmenorrhoea, chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis. She is involved in medical student teaching on pelvic pain, and has co-supervised 3 students through to completion of their PhD. She is currently involved in supervising research into the Language of Pelvic Pain, as a mechanism for improved communication between health practitioners and women affected by pain. . Dr Evans has been a Member of the Advisory Board of the Robinson Research Institute since 2015.

Associate Professor Susan Evans, Chair of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia talks through what endometriosis is and what it can mean for those affected. 

Video courtesy of QENDO AU


Other Research Commitments 

Research Institution Start Date End Date Additional Info
PhD Diss.: Investigations into the lived experience and aetiology of dysmenorrhoea and pelvic pain in young women  The University of Adelaide 2013 2020

Principal Supervisor: Prof Paul Rolan.

Co-Supervisor: A/Prof Louise Hull

Stanford ‘SPARK’ Bio-innovation Course University Tokyo 2017 2017  
Biopharma founder Alyra Biotech Pty Ltd 2017 -  
Pelvic Pain Language The University of Adelaide 2018 - Collaboration with Professor Roly Sussex and Ms Ellie Schofield
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2011 - ongoing Honorary Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1986 - ongoing Gynaecologist, Pain Medicine Physician Wellend Health
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award Springboard Enterprises E3 Program for Female Founders Springboard Enterprises (SBE) Australia -
    2015 Research Award Dr Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists & Faculty of Pain Medicine. Australia -
    1984 Award Surgery Prize, Final Year Undergraduate Medicine The University of Tasmania Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1978 - 1984 University of Tasmania Australia MBBS
    Royal Australian & New Zealand College Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) Australia Fellow
    Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA) Australia Fellow
  • Research Interests

Dr Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award, Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation

Federal Government Periods, Pain and Endometriosis (PPEPTalk) Schools Program Grant

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Adelaide Medical School

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