Celebrating The Princess Margaret’s female leaders on International Women’s Day

08/03/2018  |  Faces of The Princess Margaret |  Posted by: PMCF

It’s apropos that we kicked off this year’s International Women’s Day with a morning round at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre led by its Medical Director and global cancer leader, Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz. 

Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world. The theme in 2018 is - 'Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.'

Here at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, we are fortunate to have a number of women in leadership roles in areas such as research, science as well as in the clinic and in surgery. Leaders such as Dr. Gospodarowicz have been monumental in advancing cancer care for Canadians and for other patients around the world.  

Dr. Gospodarowicz was the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute’s O. Harold Warwick Prize, the first radiation oncologist to have received this honour. 

We are also lucky to have Dr. Gelareh Zadeh. She is a leader in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field and will be speaking about how to close the gap for women in these fields at an event, co-presented by University Health Network (UHN), Mar. 8 at JLABS (661 University Avenue, Suite 1300, MaRS Centre, West Tower) in Toronto.

Dr. Zadeh is the Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology at UHN and neurosurgeon-scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Among her many titles, she holds the Wilkins Family Chair in Brain Tumor Research and is the co-director of the Elizabeth Raab Neurofibromatosis Program and Director of the UHN brain tumor biobank.

Dr. Zadeh was also awarded a 2017 Research Grant Award from the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Another strong female leader at The Princess Margaret is Dr. Fei-Fei Liu. She is the Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and a 2017 winner of the Basic / Translational Science Abstract Award from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Women make significant contributions to healthcare daily and we wish to celebrate all the female leaders at The Princess Margaret and around the world who are helping to make a difference.