A well-versed Surgical Oncologist, Carolyn Nessim, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS works at The Ottawa Hospital, a public academic university teaching hospital offering tertiary care to 1.2 million adults in Ottawa and across Eastern Ontario.
Her main clinical focus is in the treatment of Melanoma and other skin cancers, Soft Tissue Sarcoma/Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) and Gastric Cancer. She also treats Neurodenocrine Tumors and Advanced Cancer/Carcinomatosis.
She is the regional lead for the Melanoma Communities of Practice within the Ottawa regional cancer program and member of Cancer Care Ontario’s working group for specific guidelines in the treatment of melanoma. She is a collaborator for the Ottawa regional cancer Sarcoma Communities of Practice.
She also serves on staff at the University of Ottawa, as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, teaching medical students and residents and is now the Program Director for the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Ottawa, for subspecialty training in Surgical Oncology.
She is a Clinician Investigator in the cancer therapeutics program at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and has publications in peer-reviewed journals. She sits on the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) and is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group and Global Melanoma Research Network . Her main research focus is in the improvement and assessment of quality indicators and treatment in cancer surgery as well as the investigation of translational biomarkers and immunomarkers in melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma/GIST, which are prognostic and predictive of treatment efficacy.
Dr. Carolyn Nessim conducted her specialized fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia. She is board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Oncology by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and has the honour of being an active member of multiple medical societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.