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For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2010

New Paediatric Oncologist/Haematologist joins Children’s Hospital

(LONDON, Ontario) – Today, at an event to acknowledge Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Paul Gibson, paediatric oncologist/hematologist, was introduced as the newest member of the children’s oncology program at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.

"The recruitment of Dr. Gibson fulfills our goal of having a full complement of paediatric oncologists at Children’s Hospital,” says Dr. Lawrence Jardine, Department Head, Paediatric Oncology/Heamatology Program. “His passion for clinical care and his expertise will greatly enhance our ability to treat children requiring cancer care. We are very proud to have someone of his calibre choose to be a part of Children’s Hospital. “

Of the over four hundred children diagnosed with cancer ever year in Ontario, approximately one in six are treated in London at Children’s Hospital.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is recognized every September to raise public awareness about the disease, its effects on children and their families, and the advancements made in cancer treatment and cure rates. Children's Hospital plays a pivotal role in the care and treatment of children with cancer, as a full tertiary service provider from diagnosis to survivorship.

Says Dr. Gibson, “This is a very exciting opportunity as it allows me to fulfill my goals of treating paediatric patients in an excellent facility, to work with an outstanding multi-disciplinary team treating cancer and blood disorders in children and to continue my collaborative research efforts in the fields of paediatric solid tumours and medical information technology."

The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, also attended the event and spoke about the importance of community partners in treating children with cancer. “In addition to the exceptional care provided by Children’s Hospital, the numerous community groups and agencies which partner with the hospital are also to be commended for the crucial role they play in the provision of care and support of children and their families throughout their cancer journey.”

The paediatric oncology team is the largest multidisciplinary team at Children’s Hospital and gratefully acknowledges the important roles played by the Children’s Health Foundation, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), Canadian Cancer Society, Childcan, The Brain Tumor Foundation, Camp Trillium, and many other organizations that support paediatric oncology patients and their families in southwestern Ontario.

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Backgrounder

Dr. Paul Gibson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Paul Gibson

Dr. Gibson is a paediatric oncologist/haematologist.

Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Dr. Gibson’s interest in paediatrics began at a young age, with 10 summers spent working as a camp counselor at camps for kids with various special needs.

Dr. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Guelph, (undergraduate and Masters) and completed his medical degree at Queen’s University. During his time at Queen’s, he was awarded a Cancer Care Ontario sponsored Ivan Smith Studentship in Paediatric Oncology and spent eight weeks working at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Gibson completed his Paediatric Residency at the B.C. Children's Hospital (Vancouver). In summer 2007, he began his fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) in Paediatric Hematology and Oncology. While at Sick Kids, Dr. Gibson served as Chief Fellow and developed clinical and research interests in sarcoma, neuroblastoma and medical information technology.

During the past year, Dr. Gibson has worked at the Hospital for Sick Children as an attending staff in the Solid Tumour Program, while providing occasional locum coverage at Children's Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.

In September 2010, Dr. Gibson joined the Paediatric Oncology/Haematology program at Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, as a paediatric oncologist/haematologist.

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