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EzzatShereen Ezzat, M.D., FRCP(C), FACP
Professor of Medicine & Oncology
Head, Endocrine Oncology Site Group
Princess Margaret Hospital,
University Health Network
2005 Award Recipient

Dr. Ezzat for the past 15 years has not only become a valued and highly respected member of the Pituitary Endocrine Community with his many contributions to research, medical literature and knowledge, but also a "Guiding Light" for the Pituitary Network Association. As our "Editor in Chief" for these 15 years, a prolific and most gifted communicator and teacher, he has enriched the lives of patients, world-wide. He has become a friend and sounding board to a large number of patients and PNA staff members, always generous with his time and knowledge. We are honored to know him and proudly proclaim him a "Gentle Giant" for 2005. His past service as President and his current service on our Scientific Advisory Panel are deeply appreciated.

Dr. Ezzat obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, completed his residency training at the Univiversity of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital, and his post-doctoral research training in molecular oncology at Cedars-Sinai-UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

Dr. Ezzat has authored or co-authored more than 180 original research articles and 30 invited review articles, and he has delivered more than 100 invited lectures. He supervises undergraduate, medical, and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. He teaches a number of courses, including physiology, biochemistry, developmental biology, and endocrinology.

Dr. Ezzat serves as an Editorial Board member for a number of journals including Endocrinology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Journal of Endocrinology, Endocrine Practice, and BMJ-Endocrine. He is a regular reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ezzat has been honored with numerous awards. Most recently, he received the 2008 Senior Scientist award from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, the 2006 International Endocrine Society Research Mentor Award, the 2005 Gentle Giant Award, the Pharmacia & Upjohn International Award for Excellence in Published Endocrine Research. He is also the recipient of the Premier's Research Excellence Award, the Novartis Canada Senior Investigator Award, and the Allan Bruce Robertson Young Investigator Award. His work, focusing mainly on the molecular genetics of endocrine cancer, has been funded by the CIHR, the Cancer Research Society, and the Sackler Foundation. He belongs to a number of professional societies, including the Endocrine Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the Pituitary Society, the American College of Physicians, and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Ezzat is equally committed to patient care and education. In 1990, he co-founded the Pituitary Network Association and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Pituitary Tumor Patient Resource Guide, a reference book designed for patients that has received world-wide recognition and is now in its fourth edition. He has filled a similar role with the Thyroid Cancer Survivor (Thyrvor) and the North American Carcinoid Group.

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