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New President for Cancer Society

New President for Cancer Society

Russell McIlroy,
President of the Cancer Society of New
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Media release
28 August 2006

New President for Cancer Society

Prominent Auckland surgeon Russell McIlroy has been elected President of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

Mr McIlroy has had a distinguished medical career including a long association with Auckland Hospital, where he held the positions of clinical director urologist and clinical leader surgery. He was president of the Urological Society of Australasia in 2002, and has played a prominent role in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and numerous other New Zealand and international medical organisations.

He was an executive member of the Auckland Division of the Cancer Society from 1985, and was president from 2000 till 2006. He was instrumental in a successful fundraising campaign that led to the establishment of a joint venture between the society’s Cancer Research Laboratory and Auckland University for the ongoing development of drugs, some of which are being undertaken with the assistance of multi national companies.

He was also involved in the introduction of the Relay for Life fundraising event and putting the financial affairs of the Auckland division on a sound financial position.


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