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Women’s College physician/scientist tackles women’s cancers on global scale in new World Health Organization appointment

August 24, 2015

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg
Dr. Ophira Ginsburg

Congratulations to Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, for being appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) for a one-year term starting this fall. Her appointment takes her to Geneva, Switzerland, where she will work alongside the world’s foremost clinicians and scientists to build policy and programming for women's cancers.

"I'm honoured to be selected for this important new post at WHO,” says Dr. Ginsburg, who will be based at WHO’s Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “It has been a lifelong dream to work on programs that make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. There is real momentum now in the global oncology community, and it’s an exciting time to be involved in advancing policy and advocacy for women's cancers worldwide."

According to WHO, cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide with approximately 1.4 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012. In 2012, breast and cervical cancer took the lives of 522,000 and 266,000 women worldwide, respectively. They are the most common cancers among women, with the majority of deaths occurring in young women in low- and middle-income countries. Extreme poverty, compounded by gender inequity, often limits a woman’s ability to seek care.

“At WCH, our focus on health for women and girls extends beyond the communities we serve in Toronto,” said Marilyn Emery, president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital. “Our clinicians and researchers are focused on finding solutions to the most complex health system issues in Canada and around the world. Dr. Ginsburg’s ongoing work is a shining example of the global importance of equal access to healthcare.”

The announcement of Dr. Ginsburg’s new position received extensive media coverage, from coast to coast, including by Maclean’s, the Toronto Star and CBC’s Metro Morning, among others.

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