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Mentor of the Month

Dr. Anil Joy

A little bit about Dr. Joy:

Dr. Anil Abraham Joy obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors with Distinction, Specialization in Pharmacology) and Medical Doctorate (Honors with Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a specialist in Internal Medicine with sub-specialty certification in Medical Oncology. Dr. Joy was promoted to the rank of full academic Professor of Oncology (Division of Medical Oncology) at the University of Alberta in 2016. He has been a staff Medical Oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute, in Edmonton, Alberta since 2003.

His primary clinical care interests include Breast and Thoracic malignancies. He is actively involved in patient care, clinical research, medical education, cancer survivorship/advocacy and global oncology/regional disparity issues. He has previously served in various roles for the Medical Council of Canada, as a grant reviewer to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Prairies /NWT) and National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and continues to serve as a reviewer to various organizations and oncology journals.

Mentor – an experienced and trusted advisor:

"When I first started as a staff medical oncologist, Dr. Joy was designated as my mentor. It was a good fit as we were similar in many ways - education, upbringing and philosophy to name a few. We bonded very quickly to the point that I now consider him not only my mentor, but my close friend. Where I see him excel is that although he is very detail oriented, the specifics do not overwhelm him - he is able to maintain great focus and perspective. He also challenges me to consider my own perspective and opinions, but does so in a non-judgmental and supportive manner. This results in great discussion and what ultimately translates into positive reflection and growth.

His guidance is not just with respect to my career but with life outside of work as well. Our discussions range far beyond cancer and cancer treatment and his emphasis on maintaining a "life balance" has been integral in keeping me grounded. The humility and dedication with which he serves his patients and provides for his family are exemplary. His approach to work and life have been influential in making me a better physician, father, son, sibling and husband. Dr. Joy is the epitome of a true mentor and I am thankful to have benefited from his guidance so early in my career."
- Dr. Naveen Basappa, MD, FRCPC

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Oncologist in the Hot Seat

Have a burning question related to work-life balance, leadership, mentorship, or career development?

We have been featuring esteemed oncologists across Canada since 2013. From Newfoundland, we are very pleased to introduce Dr. Joy McCarthy.

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Dr. McCarthy

A little bit about Dr. McCarthy:

Dr. Joy McCarthy is a Medical Oncologist and Division Chief of Medical Oncology with the Cancer Care Program of Eastern Health in St. John’s, NL. She is a Clinical Associate Professor within the Discipline of Oncology, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. McCarthy completed her Medical Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996 and her certifications in Internal Medicine in 2000 and Medical Oncology in 2001. Dr. McCarthy is a member of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, CAMO, ASCO, ESMO, CCTG, Cancer Care Program’s Leadership Team and Clinical Trials Committee. Her areas of interest include breast, genitourinary and head and neck cancer. She is a busy mom of three and an avid runner.

Journal Articles

The Emerging Role of Professional Social Media Use in Oncology

By Mina S. Dendrak, Don S. Dizon, Patricia F. Anderson, et al.

"Integrating social media into oncology can potentially improve patient care and increase trust in the profession. It can also be used to enhance provider education, create opportunities for academic or professional advancement and disseminate new clinical research insights."

New Articles

1 in 2 Canadians will get Cancer: Cancer Society

By Mina S. Dendrak, Don S. Dizon, Patricia F. Anderson, et al.

"Currently, every year we're seeing an increase in the number of cancer cases in Canada," said the Cancer Society's epidemiologist, Leah Smith. "So between now and 2030, for example, we expect to continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of cancers diagnosed in Canada."


Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death, and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years

By Michael J. Collins

Dr. Michael J. Collins looks back at the hardships and triumphs experienced during his journey through surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic.

“One of the best, funniest medical memoirs I have ever read. Hot Lights, Cold Steel is at once darkly humorous and truly compassionate. Not since House of God has there been such a ferociously funny look at the world of hospital medicine.” — Michael Palmer, New York Times


The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn’t. Now what?

Dr. Brian Goldman discusses how language barriers can affect patient-care, the important role of professional medical interpreters in providing treatment, and how Google Translate may be changing the landscape.

Upcoming Events

Toronto: Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists Annual Scientific Meeting
September 13-16, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
November 1-4, 2017
Registration opens June! Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Cancer Research Conference
November 5-7, 2017
Early Bird Registration now open! Vancouver, British Columbia

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