Dr. Nadine Caron

Nadine Caron

Dr. Nadine Caron is a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. She is a practicing surgical oncologist who provides cancer care for individuals in rural, remote, and northern British Columbia (BC), many of whom are Indigenous people. Nadine is the sole Indigenous physician within BC Cancer, the only Indigenous academic faculty member in the University of BC’s (UBC) Faculty of Medicine, and a professor at UBC’s Northern Medical Program and Department of Surgery. She is also a senior scientist at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer.

Nadine is the inaugural First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) chairholder in cancer and wellness at UBC. She is also a founding co-director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, and a consultant who helped develop BC’s first-ever indigenous cancer strategy, “Improving Indigenous Cancer Journeys in BC: A Road Map.”

Nadine leads the development of the Northern Biobank Initiative, including a First Nations governed and controlled biobank in partnership with the FNHA that aims to provide safe access to cancer research for First Nations people in northern BC. She is also co-lead investigator on the Silent Genomes project, which aims to address the genomic divide by reducing access barriers to diagnosis of genetic disease in Indigenous children and facilitating a governance framework to inform policy in fields of data sovereignty, genomic research, and Indigenous research processes, among others.

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