Dr. Frances Shepherd wins the Addario Lectureship Award

2017-08-08  |  Recognition |  Posted by: Jessica Lopatka

On July 20th, it was announced, with a display in Times Square in Manhattan, that Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Dr. Frances Shepherd was awarded the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s 2017 Addario Lectureship Award. This recognizes her leadership in improving treatment options and helping people with advanced lung cancer live longer.

Dr. Shepherd was the first woman and the first Canadian to receive the Award, and was honoured at the 18th International Lung Cancer Congress held July 27-29 in Huntington Beach, California.

On the same day, it was also announced that Dr. Shepherd will be honoured with an award from the European Society for Medical Oncology’s (ESMO), the leading professional organization for medical oncology which represents oncology professionals from over 130 countries around the world. At the ceremony held in Madrid, Spain coming up in September, the ESMO will present her with the Women for Oncology Award for the tremendous support she provides to her fellow female oncologists.

“I am thrilled and honoured, and see it as a culmination of my very gratifying and rewarding career in medical oncology over the past 30 years,” Dr. Shepherd told ESMO. “During this time, I have seen women make enormous advances in medicine in general, and medical oncology in particular.”

Dr. Shepherd holds the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has gained many distinguished awards over the years in recognition of her outstanding work. Just last year, Dr. Shepherd was acknowledged by being named an Officer of the Order of Canada for improving treatment options and outcomes for individuals with advanced lung cancer.

The announcement of Dr. Shepherd's award at Times Square

The announcement of Dr. Shepherd's award at Times Square