Prof Kailash Narayan

Radiation Oncologist
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Prof Kailash Narayan is an internationally recognised radiation oncologist and gynaecological cancer specialist, committed to providing exceptional, personalised care to his patients. Known for his innovative thinking, clear communication and compassionate manner, patients from across Australia and the Asia Pacific regularly seek his opinion.


Prof Kailash Narayan is an experienced radiation oncologist consulting at Icon Cancer Centre Freemasons, bringing over 34 years’ experience in the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancers. Following completion of his medical training in 1973 and a post graduate degree (MD) in biophysics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he obtained a PhD in experimental pathology at John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University in 1981. Prof Narayan commenced specialist radiation oncology training at Auckland Hospital in 1982, before joining Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC) in 1984.

In 1987, Prof Narayan became a head & neck cancer consultant at PMCC before being appointed as Head of Radiation Gynaecology Oncology (1996-2019). During this role, he designed and maintained a clinical database of peer reviewed publications investigating treatment outcomes of gynaecological cancers. These clinical observations, in collaboration with medical and gynaecological oncologists, helped the formulation of uniform treatment policies of gynaecological cancers in Victoria. The studies also became the basis of several clinical studies, including a very successful international study for the treatment of cervix cancer.

Prof Narayan maintains a strong interest in education, research and clinical trials, actively engaging in medical education and mentorship of radiation oncology trainees and regularly reviewing scientific papers for national and international medical journals. In 2003, he was appointed as clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne before appointment as Professor in 2017.

Prof Narayan is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to his patients and is actively involved in key studies and trials investigating radiation therapy treatments for gynaecological cancers. Along with clinical, radiology and molecular imaging colleagues, he has investigated the use of MRI and PET in staging and treatment of gynaecological cancers, leading to numerous publications in international journals describing the improved results. Prof Narayan has pioneered and developed image-based ultrasound guided conformal brachytherapy of cervical cancer in collaboration with the brachytherapy team at PMCC, resulting in better tumour

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AGCF) Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROICON)
  • Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncologists (ASGO)
  • Cervix Cancer Research Network (CCRN) site inspector – subsidiary of International Gynaecological Cancer Society (IGCS)
  • Journal of Gynaecologic Oncology Editorial Board Member
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)

Special Interests

Prof Kailash Narayan only accepts referrals for:
  • Gynaecological cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Icon Locations

Epworth Freemasons View centre


  • Does the mobilization of circulating tumour cells during cancer therapy cause metastasis? A. Martin, R.L. Anderson, K. Narayan & M.P. MacManus. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 2017. 14(1):32-44. doi:10.1038/nrclinonc.2016.128

  • Ultrasound guided conformal brachytherapy of cervix cancer: Survival, patterns of failure, and late complications. Narayan, S. van Dyk, D. Bernshaw, P. Khaw, L. Mileshkin, & S. Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan. Journal of Gynecologic Oncology, 2014. 25(3):206-13.

  • Prognostic significance of lymphovascular space invasion and nodal involvement in intermediate-and high-risk endometrial cancer patients treated with curative intent using surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy. Narayan, P. Khaw, D. Bernshaw, L. Mileshkin, & S. Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 2012. 22(2):260-266.

  • A phase iii trial of adjuvant chemotherapy following chemoradiation as primary treatment for locally advanced cervical cancer compared to chemoradiation alone: The outback trial. L. Mileshkin, Narayan, K.N. Moore, D. Rischin, E.L. Trimble, M.R. Stockler, M. King, I. Kolodziej & M. Friedlander. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2012.

  • A comparison of MRI and PET scanning in surgically staged loco-regionally advanced cervical cancer: potential impact on treatment. K. Narayan, R.J. Hicks, T. Jobling, D. Bernshaw, A.F. McKenzie. International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, 2001. 11(4):263-271.