Giants of Cancer Care® Program Inductees


Frances A. Shepherd, MD

Princess Margaret Hospital

  • Frances A. Shepherd, MD, is the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research and a senior staff physician at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, and a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
  • Developing and evaluating new and combined modality treatment strategies at the local, national, and international levels for patients with small cell and non–small cell lung cancers.
  • Worked with Emil J. Freireich, MD, to develop the POMP chemotherapy combination of methotrexate, mercaptopurine, vincristine, and prednisone for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • Spearheads development of international phase III studies in collaboration with cooperative groups and institutions throughout North America and Europe.
  • Helped conduct landmark international NCIC BR. 21 trial that confirmed for the first time a survival benefit with an EGFR inhibitor, erlotinib, in patients with non–small cell lung cancer.
  • Chaired National Cancer Institute of Canada’s Clinical Trials Group Lung Cancer Site for 19 years, during which the program earned the highest rankings in 3 external reviews.
  • Recognized with numerous awards, including the Order of Ontario in 2007, and the British Thoracic Oncology Group International Award for Contributions to Lung Cancer and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.
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