Oncologist in the Hot Seat

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We have been featuring esteemed oncologists across Canada since 2013. From Nova Scotia, we are very pleased to introduce Dr. Daniel Rayson.

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Mentor of the Month

Dr. Alannah Smrke Nomination Statement:

“I have known Dr Giesbrecht since I was a medical student. Very early on in my training, I watched her have difficult conversations with her patients regarding their diagnoses, but also discuss hope and what an oncologist can do to ameliorate. All these things are now part of my daily practice, and she planted early seeds and supported my interest in oncology.”

“Over the years, she has provided advice on leadership, career development and being a woman in medicine. In her role as the Head of Oncology at the Niagara Health System, I know she has had numerous similar conversations with learners and colleagues. She is a tireless advocate for her community, colleagues and patients. One phrase that I recall her saying is ‘All good things’. Her outlook is positive, and she tries to find the silver lining in any situation. This enthusiasm and positivity is how many of us hope to practice.” “In my perspective, her tireless work in her community and field has only brought good things to those lucky enough to be part of her large circle. She has navigated the Niagara Region through the building of a new cancer centre, and been instrumental in bringing radiation oncology to the region.”

“She provided me with an excellent example of someone with a life full of all of the good things – rewarding job, advocacy, being a mother and partner, and continually being there for her community, patients, learners and colleagues. She is well deserving of recognition for Mentor of the Month.”

Dr. Janice Giesbrecht

Dr. Janice Giesbrecht is the Medical Director of the Walker Family Cancer Centre and the Chief of Oncology at the Niagara Health System. She has been providing cancer care in Niagara for over 20 years.

Dr. Giesbrecht completed her medical degree in 1983. She did her residency in internal medicine at McMaster and additional residency training in medical oncology at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre. She also completed graduate degree in cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital.

She is actively involved in raising funds for the Walker Family Cancer Centre with the Rankin Walk/Run and The Big Move Cancer Ride.

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Upcoming Events

Burnout to Brilliance: A Symposium for Physician Well Being
April 6-9, 2018
Tuscon, Arizona

8th Annual WinC/AlinC General Meeting
April 27, 2018
Toronto, Ontario

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