Associate Professor Kotasek undertook medical training at the University of Adelaide and graduated in 1980. He commenced training in haematology and oncology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and then spent three years as a Fellow at the University of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. Following his return from the US in 1988, he was appointed as Consultant Medical Oncologist at TQEH. In 1995 he was one of the co-founders of Adelaide Cancer Centre and has worked there full-time since 1998.
A/Prof Kotasek has published over 120 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, serves on a number of oncology advisory boards and has served on the executive committee of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia between 1999 and 2002.
He is involved in the clinical teaching of undergraduate medical students who rotate through the centre during their clinical attachments in their fourth and fifth years. A/Prof Kotasek was appointed as Honorary Director of the Burnside Hospital’s Brian Fricker Cancer Centre in February 2004, where he consults one day per week. He is also a Visiting Medical Oncologist for Icon Cancer Centre Adelaide.
A/Prof Kotasek’s clinical interests are in treating all solid tumours, in particular lung cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, GIST, genitourinary malignancies, breast cancer and upper gastrointestinal malignancies. He is also Co-Director of Ashford Cancer Centre Research and has a longstanding interest in the conduct of Phase I-III clinical trials, particularly new drug therapies.