Discipline of Oncology

Message from the Chair

As Chair, I am pleased to welcome you to our Discipline of Oncology
website. Here you will find information about our people, our teaching and learning activities, our research interests and our social accountability initiatives within the Faculty of Medicine.   

Our discipline includes 24 full-time and part-time faculty members, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and general practitioners in oncology.  We are mainly located within the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and also have faculty at distributed sites across Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  We have several cross-appointed faculty members from other disciplines and faculties.  Our GSK Research Chair in Oncology has enabled successful collaborations within our university and beyond.

We are very passionate about teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate learners.  Many of our faculty members have significant educational leadership roles.  We are committed to excellence in teaching across the educational continuum. We have a strong presence in continuing professional development locally, provincially and nationally.  We are committed to educating our patients, families and the public.

We have a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited sub-specialist training program in medical oncology.  We are a small program that offers a diverse range of clinical experiences, longitudinal clinics and the ability to learn within a multidisciplinary cancer care team.  Many of our graduates been successful in completing fellowship programs and are employed as medical oncologists across our country. 

We also have a large number of learners from other postgraduate medical education training programs including internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology and surgery who choose to learn with our oncology faculty through elective and selective clinical rotations. 

Our faculty is involved in a wide range of research activities including clinical trials, genetics, biomedical sciences, psychological oncology and medical education scholarship.  We are proud of our various research grants, extensive publications and commitment to research mentorship.

Several of our faculty members have significant leadership roles within the Faculty of Medicine and our Regional Health Authorities.  We promote leadership development.  In addition, we have a strong focus on social accountability, providing care to Indigenous population and global health. 

If you have any questions about our discipline please email oncologyadmin@mun.ca

Thank you for your interest in the Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University.

Kara Laing, MD, FRCPC, CCPE