Susan Neuhaus

Susan Neuhaus

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus CSC MBBS, PhD, FRACS, FAICD

Susan Josephine Neuhaus CSC FRACS (born Susan Evans) is a general surgeon and surgical oncologist with specialty interests in melanoma and sarcoma surgery. She holds dual appointments as Clinical Associate Professor Department of Surgery and Associate Professor Conflict Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr Neuhaus was one of three finalists for the South Australian nomination for Australian of the Year in 2012.

Dr Neuhaus served in both the Australian Army and Australian Army Reserve. Her operational experience included postings as a Regimental Medical Officer in 1993 when she spent 9 months with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia followed four years later by several months as Officer Commanding, Health Capability with the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville. She later served as Clinical Director and surgeon in the multinational NATO hospital in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan in 2009.

Dr Neuhaus was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours for "outstanding achievement in the provision of medical support as the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Health Support Battalion." She retired from the Army in 2010 with the rank of Colonel.

Neuhaus graduated with MB, BS in 1989 from the University of Adelaide. She completed her PhD in 2000 also at the University of Adelaide, into Tumour metastasis and dissemination during laparoscopic surgery. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2003. She received the Lumley Exchange Scholarship in 2004 and worked in the Melanoma and Sarcoma Unit at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

Neuhaus works full time in private surgical practice but continues to be involved in research, teaching and supervision in both roles as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Adelaide and Associate Professor Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her publications include work on sarcoma, melanoma, medical ethics and surgery in war zones, as well as the spread and treatment of cancer and the gender specific health impacts of war service.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Associate Professor Conflict Medicine University of Adelaide
    2005 Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2014 Award Australian Government Office for Women and AICD Board Ready Diversity Scholarship Australian Goverment Office for Women and Australian Institute of Company Directors Australia
    2013 Award Women and Leadership Australia Not for Profit Scholarship Women and Leadership Australia Australia
    2013 Invitation 2013 International Visitor, International Research Symposium on Military Families, Indianapolis USA Purdue University
    2011 Scholarship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Younger Fellows Leadership Exchange Scholarship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    2011 Award Australian Medical Association Award (SA)
    1997 Scholarship Faulding-Olympus/Gastroenterological Society of Australia Postgraduate Scholarship in Endoscopic Research
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2003 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia FRACS
    2000 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    1983 - 1989 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    Australian Institute of Company Directors Australia FAICD
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2004 Lumley Exchange Fellow Royal Australasian College of Surgeons United Kingdom
    Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) Australian Institue of Company Directors Australia
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Impact of Deployment on Respiratory Function of Contemporary Australian Veterans Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Mrs Honey Ighani
    2017 Co-Supervisor Screening and quality of life following diagnosis of sarcoma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Henry McDonough
    2016 Co-Supervisor Optimising Postoperative Radiotherapy for Retroperitoneal Sarcoma - A Novel Approach Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Part Time Mr Richard Charles Smith
    2016 Co-Supervisor Reproductive Health Outcomes in Australian Military Vererans Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Rachelle Warner
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2017 - ongoing Chair Minda Inc Minda Inc Australia
    2014 - ongoing Council Australian Medical Association
    2012 - ongoing Director Cancer Council SA
    2010 - 2015 Chair The Repat Foundation
    2010 - 2013 Director Australasian Sarcoma Study Group
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Chair AMA Health Financing and Economics Committee AMA
    2014 - ongoing Director Audit, Risk Committee Cancer Council SA
    2013 - ongoing Director Rearch Committee Cancer Council SA
    2012 - 2016 Chair National Guidelines Committee Sarcoma Guidelines project ASSG-Cancer Australia
    2009 - 2013 Member South Australian Veterans Health Advisory Council
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2015 - ongoing Ministerial Advisory Group Veterans PTSD Centre of Excellence Department of Health Health services and related Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2010 - ongoing Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Court of Examiners
    2010 - ongoing Co-Patron RSL SA Virtual War Memorial

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