Professor Mary Gospodarowicz

University Professors 2017
Faculty of Medicine
Research Interests: Radiation oncology


Mary Gospodarowicz is Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, the Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at the University Health Network, and the Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario. She is past Chair of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She holds specialty certifications in internal medicine, radiation oncology, and medical oncology and her clinical practice involves lymphomas and genitourinary cancers. Author of over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, her research focused on clinical trials evaluating radiation therapy in lymphomas and GU cancers, image-guided precision radiotherapy, and cancer survivorship. Her current interests include global cancer control, global access to radiotherapy, and quality cancer care.

Mary is an active member of various provincial, national and international committees such as the Canadian Committee on Cancer Staging, which she chaired from 1992 to 1995, and the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists (CARO) of which she was President from 2001 to 2003. She is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Extranodal Lymphoma Site Group.

Professor Gospodarowicz is Past-President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). She participated in the work of the Global Task Force on Cancer Care and Control of Harvard Global Equity Initiative and the HGEI-Lancet Commission on Global Access to Pain Control & Palliative Care. Under the auspices of UICC and Lancet Oncology, the Global Task Force on Radiotherapy produced a seminal report on ‘Expanding the global access to radiotherapy” that provided evidence for the demand, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of radiotherapy.

She is the Associate Editor of Cancer Biology and Medicine and the Journal of Global Oncology and a longstanding member of ASCO, a Fellow of the American Society in Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists in the United Kingdom, and Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Radiologists in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. She is an honorary member of the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), the Scientific Association of Swiss Radiation Oncology (SASRO), and the German Society for Radio-oncology (DEGRO).

She is a recipient of numerous awards: the Gordon Richards Lectureship from the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists, the May Cohen Award for Women Mentors from the Canadian Medical Association, the Janeway Medal from the American Radium Society, the ESTRO Lifetime Achievement Award, the ASTRO Gold Medal, the Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conquer Cancer Foundation, the Women in Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, and the Harold O. Warwick Prize for outstanding achievements in cancer control research from the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2015, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.