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Dr. Dianne Miller to Receive Presidential Medal

Words from the President

When asked to write 500 words to update you about the impact of GOC members, I am once again struck by the amount of valuable work being done by GOC and its partners in women’s health. I can name no fewer than six significant undertakings that are changing how we learn, how we practice and how we help Canadian women in their journey through cancer treatment. It’s going to take a lot more than 500 words to highlight the tremendous progress in 2017. There was a time when it seemed that progress in our specialty happened in the margins. Now, through precision medicine, including genetics, technology, minimally invasive surgery, and most importantly, collaboration , we have stepped into the heart of personalizing the treatment of gynecologic cancers. And the results are taking us to places we were dreaming about just a decade ago. The Communities of Practice (CoP) introduced to GOC by Dr. Fung- Kee-Fung are engaging in some of the most exciting developments in gynecologic cancer. Let me share some of the highlights of the work that this approach to learning, collaborating, and innovating has allowed us to reach – which when taken together represent exciting and significant steps, one could say leaps, forward. The CoP on Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN) Mapping in Endometrial and Cervical Cancer published a position statement in 2017 which depicts how the SLN technique improves identification of women with lymph node metastasis while minimizing the morbidity and burden of extensive lymphadenectomy. GOC believes that SLN is one of the first

It is with great pleasure that we announce that this year GOC will award the Presidential Medal to Dr. Dianne Miller, who heads the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Miller is truly a pioneer in our discipline; she has led and grown the division to become one of the most prominent divisions in Canada and has influenced the worldwide practice of gynecologic oncology. Dianne had the vision to create strong collaborations with scientists and colleagues to advance our understanding of howwe can better classify cancers, and based on that, develop more targeted precise therapies. It is that interest that led to the establishment of the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OVCARE) along with world renowned pathologist and geneticist Dr. David Huntsman, and pathologist Dr. Blake Gilks. Their vision was to bring together a multidisciplinary team that would include researchers, pathologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, gynecologic surgeons, and span multiple institutions. Together with the brilliant young colleagues she appointed,Diannepreparedthegroundandfertilizedthelandforrealprogressto bemade towards improving outcomes. GOC’s CoPs aremaking impressive strides together withDianne, her vision and her team, to impact the environment and improve the health outcomes of women in BC, Canada, and the world. The Presidential Medal Ceremony will take place in Victoria, BC during our AGM. On Friday evening, June 29 th , join us to honour Dr. Dianne Miller – and enjoy dinner at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.



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