Dr Catherine Han
Dr Catherine Han is a New Zealand trained Medical Oncologist with a special interest in gastro-intestinal, breast and brain cancers. She also has a great interest in cancer molecular profiling and genomics, personalised cancer treatments, and neurological complications of cancer drugs.
She completed her medical degree at the University of Otago in 2002 and qualified as a Medical Oncology Specialist in 2011.
In 2011 she was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Clinical Research Training Fellowship. With the support of this prestigious award, she was able to pursue a PhD degree and a period of clinical research training. During the same period, she worked as a part-time Consultant Medical Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital.
She is a recipient of several prizes and scholarships. Her cancer research work on Oxaliplatin-induced neurotoxicity has resulted in the overall Excellence in Health Research top award for the Auckland District Health Board for 2014, and the Fred Fastier Trust prize for the best oral presentation at the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) 2013 annual meeting. She was also awarded a Cancer Society Research Training Scholarship and a Genesis Oncology Trust Murray Jackson Clinical Fellowship. Recently she was awarded the Sir Owen Glenn Clinical Research Fellowship and will be working as a part-time senior clinical research fellow in the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre where she will be involved in the clinical trials of new molecularly targeted anti-cancer drugs, and clinical research projects concerning cancer genomics.
While she has a strong medical background, Catherine provides the highest standard of care with compassion, friendliness and clear communication.
Catherine is the mother of two girls and her husband is a Consultant Pathologist at Middlemore Hospital. She loves music, especially operas and musicals. She is also fluent in Korean and is able to consult in Korean.