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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 cancersSoft 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 (CGSO) 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 (TARPSWG) and Global Melanoma Research Network (GMRN) . 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.

  •    Surgical Oncology
  •    Clinical Research
  •    Medical Education


  • 2012 – 2013

    Surgical Oncology Fellowship - Melanoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma

    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

  • 2010 – 2012

    Surgical Oncology Fellowship

    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 2009 – 2014

    Masters of Science, Biomedical Services

    University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Institute of Research of Immunology and Cancerology

  • 2004 – 2009

    General Surgery Residency

    University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 2000 - 2004

    Medical Doctorate

    University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 1995 - 1998

    Bachelors of Science, Occupational Therapy

    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 1994 - 1995

    Bachelors of Science, Physiology (1 year completed)

    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


  • 2017
    Audley Bodurtha Teaching Award
  • 2017
    Leadership Award - Women’s Health Breast Center and Breast Disease Site Group Leadership and Dedication to the Radioactive Seed Localization Program
  • 2015 - 2016
    TOHAMO Grant for Course in Physician Leadership - (1500$)
  • 2013
    Detweiler Traveling Fellowship Award/Grant - From the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (10 500$)
  • 2005
    Leadership Forum Scholarship - From Canadian Medical Association (1000$)

Licenses and Certifications

  • Current     College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • 2012     Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – General Surgical Oncology
  • 2009     Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – General Surgery
  • 2009     American Board of Surgery – General Surgery