Dr. Frances Shepherd is named Officer of the Order of Canada

designation in 2016 for her work in lung cancer researchDr. Frances Shepherd, one of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s top medical oncologists, was recently named Officer of the Order of Canada and honoured along with 69 other exceptional and high-achieving Canadians.

Dr. Shepherd was recognized for her leadership in improving treatment options and outcomes for individuals with advanced lung cancer. 
Dr. Shepherd has previously been awarded the O. Harold Warwick prize for her contributions to cancer control in Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Premier's Summit Award for Medical Research, the British Thoracic Oncology Group International Award for Contributions to Lung Cancer, and the Claude Jacquillat Award from the International Congress on Anti-Cancer treatment. She has been an investigator in more than 100 clinical trials and co-authored dozens of medical journal articles.  Perhaps a unique achievement—in 2005, she was the lead or senior author of three articles published over a three week period in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

In her research capacity, Dr. Shepherd has established high quality lung tumor banks to support important laboratory experiments and long-term studies. 

Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Medical Director for The Princess Margaret, describes her colleague and friend this way.  “Frances is foremost a fabulous clinician and a talented researcher with a long list of accomplishments. She has been a tireless champion of lung cancer research and treatment and has transformed the lung cancer group at The Princess Margaret / UHN and created an internationally recognized program. In addition to her contributions in Toronto, Frances, for many years, chaired the Canadian Clinical Trials Group Lung Cancer Committee. She continues to be a wonderful mentor for her colleagues and a role model for all physicians.”

In reporting the appointments for the Order of Canada, The Toronto Star reported that more than 30 post-doctoral research fellows from around the globe consider Dr. Shepherd to be a mentor.