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Doctor says international award is a ‘wonderful shock’

Cancer expert: Chris Fosker (Photograph supplied)

A cancer specialist has been recognised for “outstanding” work in Bermuda by an overseas institution.

Chris Fosker, medical director at the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, received the 2022 Alumni Award from the University of Toronto's Department of Radiation Oncology.

The award committee stated that they were “vastly impressed by Dr Fosker's impact on global health, especially regarding his leadership in establishing and continuous support of the first radiation unit in Bermuda”.

The oncologist, who moved to Bermuda in 2015, and joined the BCHC full time last month after treating patients at the centre since 2017, said that the international recognition came as a “wonderful shock”.

He said: “The burden of cancer continues to challenge us all. Being at the centre full-time allows me to focus on areas of change within cancer care that will be impactful and sustainable for all.

“It was a wonderful shock to find out about the award.

“It’s always humbling to receive an award that is about our team.”

Dr Fosker studied at the Toronto institution’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre between 2011-12, where he said he had an “amazing experience”.

He added: “I was there as an academic fellow, learning a huge amount about research.

“Upon reflection, I took away the importance of setting people up to succeed.

“The fellowship is designed to empower and support their fellows to be their best by creating a supportive environment built around success.

“When I look at what has allowed us to be successful at the centre, it’s those foundations.

“We appreciate that the most important aspect of our care is our team and our patients, and we work tirelessly to make sure everyone is allowed to do their best.

“Having that leadership role recognised by an independent overseas institution is extremely rewarding.”

Dr Fosker is also involved in helping to develop a national cancer control plan for Bermuda.

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Published February 23, 2023 at 7:34 am (Updated February 23, 2023 at 7:34 am)

Doctor says international award is a ‘wonderful shock’

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