Dr. Richard de Boer completed his general medical training and then medical oncology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 1997 he undertook a 3-year breast and lung cancer clinical research Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, working with Professor Ian Smith.
He returned to Melbourne in 2000 and since then has been a consultant medical oncologist working in both public and private practice. He is currently a consultant medical oncologist in both the breast and lung cancer units at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
His primary breast cancer interests focus on endocrine therapy and mechanisms of resistance, and treatment-induced bone loss and bone metastases. His lung cancer interests focus on targeted therapies, predictors of response/survival, and small cell lung cancer. He is actively involved in clinical research, and is the principal investigator in both local and international studies. He is a member of the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group, and until recently was the head of the Breast Trials Group of Cancer Trials Australia. He has authored articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, The Breast and British Journal of Cancer.