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FALL 2018

Dr. Dianne Miller – Well Deserved Recipient of the GOC Presidential Medal Award

Words from the President It is with great honor that I assume the role of President of The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada. As I do so, I first want to recognize the significant contributions of Dr. Walter Gotlieb who has led our Society so ably over the past two years. During his tenure Walter broadened the horizons of our Society and led significant growth, with the result that our influence in the oncology community far exceeds what may typically be expected of a medical society of our size and stature. Walter gave insight on how he approached his tenure as president during his presidential address. Originally from Belgium, Walter shared his experiences of living in a country with two vibrant cultures, and how common goals were achieved when they came together. (Read Walter’s address www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ lP2d3Kf36Q). Walter understood that reaching the GOC welcomes its 20 th President, Dr. James Bentley

BY DR. WALTER GOTLIEB

It is at the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel on June 29, 2018 that I had the pleasure of bestowing upon Dr. Dianne Miller, the legendary Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology at University of British Columbia, the GOC Presidential Medal. Dianne was born in Princeton, BC and because her father was in the mining industry, the family moved around to several BC towns during her youth. She graduated UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology, her MD a few years later, and then interned atTorontoWestern Hospital. Her internship was followed by a two

In 1990, Dianne was very fortunate to be sponsored by colleagues at UBC and the BC Cancer Agency for a McLaughlin Fellowship to pursue a fellowship in gynecologic oncology in Toronto, and when she completed her fellowship, she came back to work in BC. Her friends and colleagues have the highest esteem for Dianne, as nicely summarized by Dr. Gavin Stuart: “First she is PASSIONATE . Whether it is scuba diving in the Maldives, canoeing in the Northwest Territories or advocating for patients affected by gynecologic cancer, she is passionate. Secondly, Dianne is incredibly LOYAL as a person. Once Dianne “has your back”, you are“in”. She will go to extremes to support her

and a half years in Yellowknife, NWT where Dianne worked as a family doctor, before going on to completing a certification in

obstetrics & gynaecology at UBC. It was around that time, during a rotation at the BC Cancer Agency that she caught the cancer “bug”, noticing the evidence-based medicine happening, long before it gained popularity.

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