OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) announced today that Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz will receive the 2012 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors on Aug. 15 at the association's annual meeting.
"This award is presented to a female physician who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring others," said CMA President Dr. John Haggie. "Dr. Gospodarowicz is an inspirational role model in medicine and her passion and dedication to mentoring colleagues is truly inspiring."
"I feel very humbled by this award," said Dr. Gospodarowicz. "I have been very fortunate to work with wonderful people and learn from them as much as they learned from me. Seeing my trainees succeed in their careers is the most satisfying professional accomplishment. The practice of medicine offers immense opportunities. It is full of challenges and rewards."
A medical graduate of the University of Toronto, Dr. Gospodarowicz earned specialty certifications in internal medicine, radiation oncology and medical oncology, and in 1978 joined the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto. Since 2001, she has been chief of the Radiation Medicine Program. Since 2005, she has also served as the medical director of the Princess Margaret Hospital and regional vice-president of Cancer Care Ontario.
A member of the University of Toronto medical faculty since 1981, she recently completed two terms as professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology. She has an active clinical practice in which she treats patients with lymphomas and genitourinary cancers. She is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and her research interests include clinical trials evaluating radiation therapy in cancer treatment, image-guided precision radiotherapy, and survivorship.
Her numerous roles at the provincial, national and international levels have included president of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, chair of the Canadian Committee on Cancer Staging, and chair of the Union for International Cancer Control's (UICC) TNM project. She is an honorary fellow of the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists, a fellow of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, and honorary member of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She currently serves as the president-elect of the UICC - Union for International Cancer Control, and will assume the position of president of UICC, the largest global cancer non-governmental organization, at the end of August 2012.
Dr. Gospodarowicz is the 12th recipient of the CMA's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. She will receive the award at a ceremony held at the Shorty Brown Arena in Yellowknife, as part of the CMA's 145th annual meeting.
SOURCE: CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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