Oncologist Dr. Nicole Hodgson will be doing surgery and research at Hamilton Health SciencesÕ Juravinski Cancer Centre and hopes to be a role model for students, in particular young women.
...Dr. Nicole Hodgson, 34, joined Hamilton Health Sciences' Juravinski Cancer Centre as a surgical oncologist in July.Hodgson
will treat all types of cancer patients but has a focus on breast cancer and melanoma.
The Cayuga native just returned to Canada after completing a two-year fellowship at the University of Miami
in surgical oncology.Hodgson, who obtained her undergraduate degree from McMaster and medical degree from the University of Ottawa, secured one of only 36 fellowships in North America given each year by the Society of Surgical Oncologists.She also has a master's degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. Hodgson
wanted to return to Canada, and in particular Hamilton, because she
will have the opportunity to practise medicine in a health-care system she
admires, work with renowned cancer experts, and be involved in epidemiologic research and education.
Patient-centred care in a supportive team environment is a key focus for Hodgson
"I enjoy the fact that I have time to meet with patients, discuss their options and address their concerns in a multidisciplinary environment," she
is one of the few surgeons in the city who will be 90 per cent focused on oncology, he
is interested in collaborating with Dr. Mark Levine, Dr. Tim Whelan, Dr. George Browman (who recently moved to Calgary) and other members of the Breast Cancer Site Group
, surgeons and Clinical Trials Group in Hamilton.
"I'm looking forward to interacting with students when they are at an early stage in their training," said Hodgson