The Princess Margaret’s Dr. Frances Shepherd receives 2018 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

Dr. Frances Shepherd, a medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, has been recognized with the 2018 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. 

She was honoured with the prestigious award on Mar. 27 "for her global leadership in oncology which has contributed significantly to improving survival outcomes of lung cancer patients worldwide."

Dr. Shepherd also holds the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research at The Princess Margaret and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. 

For more than 30 years, Dr. Shepherd has designed and led clinical trials that have changed treatment and outcomes for patients with small cell and non-small cell lung cancer around the world. 
"Dr. Shepherd's work has transformed the way that we think about lung cancer and the way that the world treats lung cancer," Dr. Bradly Wouters, Executive Vice President, Science and Research, University Health Network, told UHN News. "I am thrilled to hear that she has been recognized with this prestigious award.

"She is extremely deserving and has been a force in Canadian science for decades." 

The award is the latest recognition for Dr. Shepherd, who is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and has received both the Ontario Premier’s Summit Award and a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal. 

The Gairdner Awards were established in 1957 by Toronto stockbroker James Gairdner to recognize scientists who’ve made a major impact on scientific progress and human health. Since the inaugural year, 380 awards have been awarded to scientists from more than 35 countries and 87 of those have gone on to win the Nobel.

For more on Dr. Shepherd’s honour visit UHN News.