Canadian Cancer Trials Group Bulletins


Dr. Frances Shepherd Named to the Order of Canada

Dr. Frances Shepherd Dr. Shepherd, past Chair of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group Lung Committee, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her leadership in improving treatment options and outcomes for individuals with advanced lung cancer.

The Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Congratulations to Dr. Shepherd for this very deserving recognition!!

Frances A. Shepherd received her MD from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is currently a Senior Staff Physician at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where she holds the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research. She is a Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and served as the University Division Director for Medical Oncology from 1997 to 2003. Dr Shepherd has been recognized for her many contributions in the field of lung cancer research, most notably her long-standing international leadership in the development of innovative therapies for this indication. In 2001 she was named the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research, becoming the first holder of this esteemed research position with a primary goal of investigating new treatments for lung cancer. Dr Shepherd served as Chair of the Lung Cancer Site Committee of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group for 19 years and was President of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer from 2003 to 2005 and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology from 2010-14. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, and also is Chair of the EORTC Protocol Review Committee. Dr Shepherd has served as Chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Membership and Publications Committees. She was the recipient of the Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Foundation for Cancer Research Award in 2004; the National Cancer Institute of Canada 0. Harold Warwick Award for Research Excellence in 2006; the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Research Award in 2007; the Ontario Premier?s Summit Award for Research in 2009, and a Boehringer-Ingelheim Innovation Award in 2010. In recognition of her contributions to cancer research and treatment, she received the Order of Ontario in 2007. In 2012, she won the British Thoracic Oncology Group International Award for Contributions to Lung Cancer Research, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Whiteman Award and Visiting Professorship and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Dr Shepherd has designed and led more than 100 clinical trials over the past three decades, and her studies have changed treatment and outcomes for lung cancer patients at a global level. She sits on numerous national and international lung cancer advisory boards, and chairs and/or sits on several data and safety monitoring boards for international lung cancer trials. She has mentored more than 30 post-doctoral research fellows from around the world, many of whom now hold senior academic positions in their home countries. She has authored or co-authored more than 450 peer reviewed publications and 35 book chapters.