London Regional Cancer Program attracts sought-after Radiation Oncologist/Researcher


For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2010

(LONDON, Ontario) – The London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) at London Health Sciences Centre has attracted Dr. David Palma, a radiation oncologist and researcher, in the face of stiff competition from multiple institutions from outside of Ontario.

"We are extremely fortunate to have recruited Dr. Palma, a very promising early- career clinician researcher, to LRCP,” said Brian Orr, Vice President, London Regional Cancer Program. “His expertise will help enhance LRCP’s international reputation in research and patient care.”

Dr. Palma will be providing clinical care for patients with lung and head and neck malignancies, areas of high clinical need for the southwest region of Ontario.

He also brings considerable expertise in ground-breaking imaging techniques, including stereotactic and intensity-modulated radiotherapy techniques. Continuing to focus his research in these areas, Dr. Palma hopes to be able to explore methods of earlier detection and more focused treatment for lung cancers, and apply that research using the LRCP’s bench to bedside model of translational research.

"The LRCP is a world-class, forward-thinking institute with phenomenal staff and patient care,” said Dr. Palma. “It provides me the chance to continue my research and to apply that work directly in the treatment of patients; I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity.”

Born and raised in London, Dr. Palma attended medical school at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of British Columbia. He completed his fellowship at both Harvard University, where he earned a Masters degree in Epidemiology, and at the VU University in Amsterdam, where he will defend his PhD in spring, 2011.

"Dr. Palma is a crucial addition to our group in London and represents a tremendous asset to the Ontario radiation oncology community, “said Glenn Bauman, chair/chief, department of oncology at LRCP. “We are thrilled to welcome him to LRCP.”

Dr. Palma is the author of numerous articles and research studies. He is funded as a Clinician Scientist through the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and began work at LRCP on September 1.

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