McMaster University

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Prof awarded highest honour in her subspecialty

Published: June 22, 2016
Laurie Elit
Laurie Elit

Dr. Laurie Elit, a professor in McMaster’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been awarded the Gynecologic Oncology Canada (GOC) Presidential Medal this past weekend, the highest honour available in Canada in that subspecialty.

Elit, who is also a surgeon specializing in gynecological cancer at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, won the 2016 medal given annually to a member of the GOC who goes above and beyond the normal levels of service and has improved the lives of women living with gynecologic cancer.

"Laurie was an easy pick to be the recipient of the award. She single-handedly has improved the outcomes of people living in impoverished nations where access to good health care is not possible, non-funded and not even a consideration," said Paul Hoskins, president of The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada, in a video highlighting Elit’s success.

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