Ivo A. Olivotto, MD, FRCPC
Head, Radiation Oncology
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
is currently (since 2013) the Professor and Head of the Division of Radiation Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre
and University of Calgary
He trained in Medicine (1981) and then Radiation Oncology (1986) at the University of British Columbia (BC) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Between 1987 and 2013 he practiced as a Radiation Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver and Victoria including roles as the Chair of the province-wide Breast Tumor Group, founder and leader of the Breast Cancer Outcomes Unit, Medical Leader of the Screening Mammography Program, and the Professor and Head of the Division of Radiation Oncology at UBC and the Head of the provincial Radiation Therapy Program for the BC Cancer Agency.
clinical practice and research career have focused on improving care and treatment for patients with breast cancer with a particular emphasis on outcomes evaluation, the impact of treatment guidelines and technical innovations in breast cancer radiation therapy.
He has had a leadership role provincially and nationally in randomized clinical trials in early-stage breast cancer evaluating the role of radiation therapy including Shorter Fractionation (Olivotto et al, Radiother Oncol 1996), RT-avoidance after Breast Conserving Surgery (Fyles et al, NEJM 2004), Post-Mastectomy RT (Ragaz et al, NEJM 1997 and Ragaz, Olivotto et al, JNCI 2005), Breast IMRT (Pignol, Olivotto et al, JCO 2008), Nodal RT after BCS (Whelan, Olivotto et al, JCO ASCO LBA1003 2011), and Partial Breast RT (Olivotto et al, JCO 2013).
has lectured and taught extensively and is the author of over 170 peer-reviewed publications.
He considers his most impactful work however, to be a book written for women with newly diagnosed breast cancer, Breast Cancer: All you need to know to take an active role in your treatment, now in its 5th edition for which he is the lead author.