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Dr Ronald D Barr
O. Harold Warwick Prize recipient in 2009
Dr Ronald D. Barr is a pediatric cancer specialist known nationally and internationally for his work in the field of pediatric oncology, and as co-author and author of seven books and more than 250 scientific articles.
His main professional interests are international health, particularly cancer in childhood; late effects of cancer treatment, especially on nutritional status; and measurement of health-status and health-related quality of life.
He is one of the editors of the first definitive document on the incidence, survival and mortality of 15 to 29 year-olds with malignant disease. He also co-edited the first textbook on cancer in adolescents and young adults.
Dr Barr received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow. He then joined the faculty of medicine at the University of Nairobi to help establish the first medical school in Kenya. He joined the faculty of the University of Aberdeen before moving to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, as a visiting scientist.
Since 1977 he has been at McMaster University and is currently professor of pediatrics, pathology and medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
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