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Dr. Gary  Rodin - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Gary Rodin Dr. Gary  Rodin

Head, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Leading the way in palliative and supportive care





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Dr. Gary Rodin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and holds the University of Toronto/University Health Network Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. He is a Senior Scientist in the Ontario Cancer Institute and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Rodin leads a research team focused on the investigation and treatment of the psychological consequences of metastatic and advanced disease. He has recently completed a unique five year longitudinal study (The Will to Live study) of the predictors of depression and demoralization in patients with metastatic cancer.

Industry Expertise (7)

Health and Wellness Training and Development Research Health Care - Services Health Care - Providers Health Care - Facilities Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (6)

Psychosocial Oncology Palliative Care Behavioural Research End-Of-Life Care Hospital Care Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients and Families

Accomplishments (1)

Lifetime Achievement Award (professional)


Awarded by the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO).

Affiliations (6)

  • University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science : Member, Graduate Faculty and Executive Committee
  • University of Toronto, Institute for Life Course and Aging : Head, Master's and Doctoral Studies Program in Palliative and Supporting Care
  • Toronto General Research Institute​ : Head and Senior Scientist, Behavioural Sciences and Health Research Division
  • Kensington Hospice : Academic Director
  • University of Toronto, Department of Psychology : Adjunct Professor
  • Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care : Executive Member and Senior Scientist

Media Appearances (4)

New Global Institute in Toronto Will Boost Research on Life-Threatening Disease and Palliative Care

UHN  online


A new institute at University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (U of T) will drive research into a controversial and neglected area of medicine: care for patients with life-threatening or terminal disease. The Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) brings together a diverse group of experts from across Toronto and around the world. It will generate research to underpin public policy and health systems, and to help clinicians deliver more effective and culturally sensitive care. The institute will also educate a new generation of experts and researchers, as well as the public, on issues in palliative and end-of-life care...

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Remaining CALM

Parkhurst Exchange  online


Patients with advanced cancer face complex physical, emotional and existential challenges. While those clearly at the end of life seek to face death with comfort, dignity and meaning, those who have a longer time for survival must deal with those issues while also remaining engaged in life, dealing with a complex healthcare system, making treatment decisions that have profound implications and managing relationships that have gone through tremendous changes. Psycho-oncologist Gary Rodin at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto has called this state “double-awareness” and he suggests that the demands of it can lead to states of depression and demoralization...

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Dr. Gary Rodin looks back on the life of oncologist Dr. Robert Buckman

CityNews Toronto  online


Dr. Gary Rodin joins Avery Haines to discuss the life and career of prominent oncologist Dr. Robert Buckman...

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Choosing to go gently into that good night

The Globe and Mail  online


The last thing Benjamin ever thought he'd have to do is help his father die. But after a cancer diagnosis in the prime of life, his father gathered his wife, 20-year-old Benjamin and his older brother around the kitchen table in their Toronto home to discuss exactly that. "We faced his death together, as a challenge," recalls Benjamin, who asked that his surname not be used to protect the privacy of his grieving mother. "When he knew the end was near, he asked that something good come out of it and that his body be used to help others...

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Event Appearances (1)

From the Practical to the Profound: Psychological Disturbances and Interventions with Advanced Disease

Meet the Expert Series  Colonge, Germany


Articles (5)

Hidden morbidity in Cancer: Spouse Caregivers Journal of Clinical Oncology


This study assesses psychological distress among advanced cancer patients and their spouse caregivers, while examining the relative contribution of caregiving burden and relational variables (attachment orientation and marital satisfaction) to depressive symptoms in the spouse caregivers...

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Disordered eating attitudes and behaviours in teenaged girls: a school based stufy Canadian Medical Association Journal


Background: Disordered eating attitudes and behaviours are common in older teens and young women in Western countries. Recent evidence suggests that the prevalence of these disorders is rising and that the age of onset has fallen. In the present study, disturbed ...

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Eating disorders in adolescent females with and without type 1 diabetes: cross sectional study The British Medical Journal


Objective: determine the prevalence of eating disorders in adolescent females with type 1 diabetes mellitus compared with that in their non-diabetic peers...

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Disordered Eating Behavior and Microvascular Complications in Young Women with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus The New England Journal of Medicine


Background Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and eating disorders are relatively common among young women in North America. Their coexistence could lead to poor metabolic control and an increased risk of the microvascular complications of IDDM...

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Depression in the medically ill: an overview Journal of the American Psychiatric Association


Depressive symptoms and syndromes are common in the medically ill, although they are frequently unrecognized and untreated. The authors review the epidemiology, differential diagnosis, clinical presentations, and response to treatment of this clinical problem. They ...

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