Alex Hammond, BSC, MBBCH, ABRT, FRCPC, Med

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Radiation Oncologist, London Regional Cancer Program

Professor, Department of Oncology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, UWO


Dr. Hammond completed a BSc at Rhodes University in South Africa followed by his medical degree at The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa, 1969.

Resident rotations through surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics, anesthetics followed by 2 years spent in family practice in Kimberley, South Africa.

He immigrated to Canada, London Ontario in 1974 and completed his residency at Victoria Hospital followed by fellowship training at the MD Anderson Hospital, University of Texas, Houston.

Returning to London, Specialized techniques in sarcomas, head and neck and gynecology brachytherapy were established.

Three years were spent in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as a Chief, Radiation Oncology, University of Cape Town.  At that time, he obtained much experience in all sites in doing over 100 gynecological brachytherapy procedures per year.

On returning to London in 1983, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology and interests are head and neck, gynecological oncology and brachytherapy, sarcomas, lung cancer and breast cancer.

Dr. Hammond has continued to work clinically and defined interests in head and neck cancer, sarcomas and gynecology with brachytherapy.  The first remote after loading technique in brachytherapy started here followed by HDR brachytherapy.

Research and teaching have been a main stay and a Master’s in Education completed through OISE, University of Toronto.

Dr. Hammond was previous Chief of Radiation Oncology and has a strong interest in undergraduate and postgraduate education and continuing medical education (CME).

The first brachytherapy for lung cancer, esophageal cancer were developed by Dr. Hammond and since continued by that team.

He has also established quality assurance for planning head and neck cancer with 100% of patients reviewed on a weekly basis.  As a Chair of the Head and Neck oncology group, the examination chairs were all replaced through patient generosity, fibro-optic scopes and towers were obtained. All patients are discussed at MDT prior to any management being instituted giving the patients the best overall plan and outcome.

Sarcomas have been an important area of development working along with orthopedic oncologists in Toronto and medical oncology at the LRCP.

Current research interests are head and neck oncology, clinical studies, sarcomas and clinical studies in gynecology.

He belongs to NCIC Canada and is on Head and Neck, sarcomas committees, NRG (RTOG) and on committees on sarcoma and head and neck cancers.

He has had more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Personal interests include family, reading, tennis, golfing, swimming and gardening.

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