Cancer Leader Receives Top Award



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Dr. Tony Fields, one of Canada's most
outstanding leaders in the cancer field, has been named the 2007 recipient of
one of Canada's most prestigious honours, the R.M. Taylor Medal and Award.
    Sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society and its research partner, the
National Cancer Institute of Canada, the R.M Taylor Medal and Award recognizes
outstanding contributions to the cancer field.
    Throughout his career, Dr. Fields has displayed exemplary leadership in
many areas, including as Director of the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton,
Vice President of Medical Affairs and Community Oncology at the Alberta Cancer
Board and President of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC). He has
been an outstanding role model for young scientists and oncologists alike.
    "Dr. Fields is a highly respected oncologist as well as an extraordinary
leader," says Dr. Barbara Whylie, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society and the
NCIC. "His tireless efforts and accomplishments have had an enormous impact on
the fight against cancer in Canada, and we are delighted that he is the
recipient of this top honour."
    Dr. Fields was an inaugural member of the NCIC's Advisory Committee on
Cancer Control, chair of the committee from 1993 to 1996, and a member of
NCIC's Board of Directors from 1996 to 2005. During his tenure as president of
NCIC, the Institute initiated a major strategic planning initiative, the first
since 1986, charting the course of the organization toward the year 2015.
During his 12 years as head of the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the
centre expanded its activities and doubled in size. Dr. Fields spearheaded the
establishment of 11 community cancer centres in rural Alberta.
    Dr. Fields studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and
worked as a teacher in Barbados before coming to Canada. He attended medical
school at the University of Alberta, and did postgraduate training at the
Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, and St. Michael's Hospital and Princess
Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
    Dr. Fields maintains an active oncology practice at the Cross Cancer
Institute in Edmonton and an active research program - primarily in clinical
studies of gastrointestinal cancer
    The Medal is named for Dr. Robert Taylor, the executive vice-president of
the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada from
1955 to 1977. This medal recognizes his excellent service to both
organizations.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization
whose mission is to eradicate cancer and improve the quality of life of people
living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website
at www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service
at 1 888 939-3333.





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