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Prof Michael Barton

Scientia Professor, Cancer Research Theme Principal

Michael Barton OAM is Scientia Professor of Radiation Oncology at UNSW, and Research Director of the Collaboration for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CCORE). He is the Principal of the Cancer Research Theme of the Faculty of Medicine UNSW.

He has chaired reviews of cancer services throughout Australia and overseas including; the Victorian Cancer Services Framework Report, the Papua New Guinea Cancer Services Report, the Review of Cancer Services in New South Wales in 2004, the feasibility study of radiotherapy in the Northern Territory and a review of cancer services in Western Australia. He chaired the expert advisory committee examining the feasibility of establishing a radiotherapy service in North West Tasmania.

He has worked for United Nations agencies on radiotherapy projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He chaired the WHO technical document on risk profiling radiotherapy.The benchmarks for radiotherapy service delivery that CCORE developed have now been adopted throughout Australia, Europe and Great Britain. Recently a similar benchmark has been developed to benchmark and plan chemotherapy services.

Michael Barton began the Basic Sciences of Oncology Course in NSW which he later developed into the Applied Sciences of Oncology Course for the International Atomic Energy Agency. This course has been downloaded over 2500 times by oncology trainees around the world.

Michael Barton was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia in June 2007 for his service to medicine, particularly radiation oncology, through a range of clinical, research, education and professional development roles. In 2012, he received the Medical Oncology Group of Australia-Novartis Oncology Cancer Achievement Award. He received the Health Service Research Award from Research Australia in 2016.


B1 - Book Chapter

  • Barton MB; Yap ML 2015, Radiotherapy, in Tropical Hemato-Oncology, Springer, , ISBN 3319182579
  • Barton MB; Lehman M 2013, Counterpoint on Glioma, in Patient Surveillance After Cancer Treatment, Humana Press, , ISBN 9781603279680
  • Lehman M; Barton M 2013, Glioma of the central nervous system surveillance counterpoint: Australia, in Patient Surveillance After Cancer Treatment, Humana Press, , ISBN 9781603279680
  • Barton MB; Delaney GP; Noble D 2011, Radiotherapy: using risk profiling to identify errors and close calls in the process of care., in The value of close calls in improving patient safety, Joint Commission resources, , ISBN 9781599404158
  • Barton MB; Delaney GP 2010, The optimal provision of cancer treatment services, in Cancer Control, Oxford University Press, , ISBN 9780199550173

C1 - Journal Article

E1 - Conference Abstract

  • Rodin D, Hanna TP, Burger E, Zubizarreta E, Yap ML, Barton MB, Atun R, Knaul F, Van Dyk J, Lievens Y, Gospodarowicz M, Jaffray DA, Milosevic M 2016, Global Access to Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer: The Cost of Inaction, 58th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-for-Radiation-Oncology, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, vol. 96, no. 2
  • Do V, Ng W, Jacob S, Delaney G, Barton M 2015, An estimation of population-based survival benefit of first-line chemotherapy for urological cancer, European Cancer Congress, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, vol. 51, p. S510
  • Atun R, Jaffray D, Barton M, Baumann M, Vikram B, Bray F, Hanna T, Knaul F, Lievens Y, O'Sullivan B, Rodin D, Van Dyke J, Rosenblatt E, Yap M, Zubizarreta E, Gospodarowicz M 2015, Responding to the cancer crisis: Expanding global access to radiotherapy - a Lancet Oncology Commission, European Cancer Congress, ELSEVIER SCI LTD, vol. 51, pp. S707-S708


  • 2014 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) Rouse Travelling Fellowship; .


  • 2018 The Australian MRI-Linac Program: Transforming the Science and Clinical Practice of Cancer Radiotherapy Paul Keall; Michael Bernard Barton; Stuart Crozier; University of Sydney.
  • 2017 X-Ray Detectors for Tomorrows Radiotherapy Michael Bernard Barton; Phil Vial; Gary Paul Liney; Zsenka Kuncic; Paul Keall; Gang-Ding Peng; Peter Metcalfe; Peter Greer; Lois Holloway; Samuel Blake; Cancer Institute NSW.
  • 2014 Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT) De Souza, PL*; Barton, MB*; Lee, S; Girgis, A*; Delaney, GP*; Bokey, L; Ranson, M; Kienzle, N*; Jones, G; Cancer Institute NSW.
  • 2013 The Australian MRI-Linac Program: Improving cancer treatment through real-time image guided adaptive radiotherapy Keall, P; Barton, MB*; Crozier, S; University of Sydney.
  • 2010 Modelling multiple radiotherapy treatment episodes for benchmarking and service planning Barton, MB*; Hudson, HM; Delaney, GP*; Department of Health.