Dr Umbreen Hafeez
Medical Oncologist
Personal Profile: 

I am a consultant medical oncologist. My special areas of interest are genitourinary cancers and breast cancer. Genitourinary cancers include prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancer. However, I also have expertise in managing other types of cancers and in palliative care. I am appointed to the Austin Hospital as a medical oncologist. I am also a professional practice tutor for University of Melbourne medical students.


I have completed foundation years of training at Rotherham General Hospital in South Yorkshire, followed by core medical training at Whittington Hospital in North London. In 2008, I became a member of The Royal College of Physicians in London, United Kingdom. I started my oncology training at Kent Oncology Centre and completed Post Graduate Certificate in Oncology from The Institute of Cancer Research in London, United Kingdom. After moving to Australia, I trained at Canberra Hospital and Austin Hospital. I was awarded the Fellowship of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2017.


I have a strong involvement in cancer research and completing PhD with the Tumour Targeting Laboratory at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute. My research focuses on developing and characterizing novel anti-ErbB3 antibodies to combat cancer. With my research, I envision making a significant difference in the lives of people battling cancer.  I am also passionate about patient-centered care and committed to promoting and enhancing high-quality care, strengthening research skills and access, and advocating health equity. I am a clinical trial investigator for multiple genitourinary cancer clinical trials at the Austin Hospital. Some of these trials may be suitable for patients I see in private rooms.


I consult with private patients at 66 Darebin Street, Heidelberg, who are usually treated at Warringal Private Hospital. I work with a collaborative team of cancer specialists, including surgeons, radiation oncologists, cancer nurses and other allied health specialists.


I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position that allows me to help and comfort others.  I am delighted when I see my patients happy and satisfied faces. I feel my role is fulfilled when my interventions allow patients to live the life they desire with their loved ones.


Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, bushwalking, and hiking.