Dr Ian Irving graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. He became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2000 and of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia in 2001.
Dr Irving has previously been appointed in the public system as the director of haematology and bone marrow transplantation at the Townsville Hospital. From 2006 – 2013, he was the clinical director of the Institute of Cancer, during which time he was responsible for consolidating and expanding tertiary level cancer care in North Queensland.
His expertise covers a very broad range of haematological disorders, including bone marrow transplantation (autologous and allogeneic), acute leukaemia, lymphoma, obstetric haematology, general haematology, disorders of iron metabolism and laboratory haematology. This expertise comes from his extensive training and consultant posts in Brisbane, Perth and overseas in the positions of haematologist at Sullivan Nicolaides and St John of God Pathology, consultant haematologist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, transplant physician (locum) at St James Hospital Dublin, consultant haematologist at National Maternity Hospital (Dublin), and haematologist at PathCentre WA. Although retaining broad haematological knowledge, Dr Irving has a special clinical interest in lymphoma, myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative disorders.
He has sat on national and international committees and advisory boards, focusing on haematological disorders such as chronic myeloid leukaemia, myelofibrosis, myelodysplasia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation. Dr Irving is a strong advocate for clinical trial research, participating in phase I/II and III multicentre clinical trials. Dr Irving has many leadership qualities in addition to his clinical skills, having performed senior administrative roles in haematology and cancer. He currently consults at Icon Cancer Centre Wesley and is Medical Director of Icon Group.