Remembering Dr. Michael Bryan Sharpe

2016-07-05  |  Recognition |  Posted by: Paul Alofs

Dr. Michael Bryan Sharpe, Head of Medical Physics at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Radiation Medicine Program, passed away on Wednesday June 22 after a brief but bravely fought battle with esophageal cancer. He was 51 years old.
Dr. Sharpe was a smart, well-respected colleague with an internationally renowned reputation as a Medical Physicist. He joined the team at the Princess Margaret in the Radiation Medicine Program in 2002 and focused his work on using technology to advance radiation therapy. He received his Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics in 1997 from the University of Western Ontario.
Along with his role as the Associate Head of Medical Physics, Dr. Sharpe was also involved in the Faculty of the Techna Institute. He spread his knowledge and passion as an Associate Professor in the Radiation Oncology and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Departments at the University of Toronto where he will be remembered fondly as a mentor to many students. He was a natural teacher and shared his expertise through meaningful work as a mentor. 
Dr. Sharpe’s passion was evident in his hard work. Over the course of his career, Dr. Sharpe authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications. He received the Cancer Care Ontario’s Innovation Award in 2007 and the University Health Network’s Inventor of the Year Award in 2009. In 2015, he became a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in recognition of his many notable contributions to his field of research.
Dr. Sharpe was an avid cyclist and formed a personal tie to the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, participating in every event since 2008. He acted as a team captain and pioneered the RMP Accelerator team.

Earlier this year, Dr. Sharpe was diagnosed with gastric cancer. Though he wasn’t able to complete the ride this year, he still took part in fundraising and had registered for the 10 year anniversary ride in 2017.
A Facebook memorial page, No One Rides Alone: In Loving Memory of Michael Sharpe, has been created as a place for colleagues, friends, family and loved ones to pay tribute to Dr. Sharpe.