Professor Peter Choong graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne in 1984. Following this, he undertook surgical training and completed his specialist degree in Orthopaedics in 1991. Professor Choong then pursued a major interest in basic science research by enrolling in a Doctoral research project into the molecular regulation of osteoblast differentiation with Prof. T Jack Martin in 1991. This culminated in the conferring of an MD degree by thesis through the University of Melbourne in 1994. Following this, Professor Choong was appointed as a post-graduate Fellow in Orthopaedic Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, USA (1994-5) and The University Hospital, Lund, Sweden (1993-4, 1995-6) where he advanced his interest in musculoskeletal oncology, and specifically in laboratory and clinical research.
On his return to Melbourne in 1996, Professor Choong was appointed Director and Professor of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is currently also the Chair of the Sarcoma Service at these institutions.
Since returning to Melbourne, Professor Choong has established a clinical and basic science research programme, the latter of which has attracted recurrent Cancer Council funding since 1998, as well as funding from hospital, non-governmental and Society funding. Most recently, Professor Choong was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship (2008) which is the most prestigious research award made by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to a Fellow who in the opinion of the College Council, is making an outstanding contribution to the advancement of surgery, or to fundamental scientific research in the field. In recognition of his national and international standing, Professor Choong is on the Boards of the International Society of Limb Sparing Surgery and the Asio-Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumour Society. He is past Secretary and President of the Australian Sarcoma Group and curren