Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz
Medical Director, Cancer Program
Princess Margaret Hospital/UHN

Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz
Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz

 


“What we want,” says Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, “is to give people tomorrow’s care. We’re not satisfied with what’s done today. We’re not trying to predict the future here, we’re creating the future.”

For Princess Margaret Hospital’s Medical Director, creating the future is a battle fought on many fronts. “We need to work on three fronts,” she explains. “Number one, to prevent cancer so fewer patients get cancer. Number two, cure more cancers, treat it better. And number three, prevent side effects, or treat side effects to repair the damage. And then throughout all this, to support the person. We are all people.”

Dr. Gospodarowicz always keeps her eye on her goals and ambitions for the hospital, whether she’s working on disseminating the knowledge acquired at PMH in order to raise the standards of care both here and elsewhere, or simply making sure that no cancer is left behind. “I shouldn’t have a priority. Because if my priority is breast cancer, and you happen to have bladder cancer, then what? You’re not the popular disease du jour? My job as a medical director, and our job as a comprehensive cancer program, is that no patients get lost and fall between the cracks. And no area of cancer is abandoned. Our ambition is to learn something from every patient who is treated here.”

Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz is the Medical Director of the Cancer Program at Princess Margaret Hospital and University Health Network and the Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario. She is also the Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto and Chief of the Radiation Medicine Program at Princess Margaret Hospital.
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