IPOS Past President Dr. Barry Bultz – named Daniel Family Leadership Chair in Psychosocial Oncology
Patrick Daniel has been a strong supporter of excellence in cancer care and, in particular, the area of psychosocial oncology. During his tenure as CEO of Enbridge, Inc. that organization made what was then their largest ever donation to establish the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology.
Mr. Daniel has retired from Enbridge and he and his family have now established the Daniel Family Foundation. Through this Foundation, Patrick and his family have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in psychosocial oncology with a gift to establish the Daniel Family Leadership Chair in Psychosocial Oncology.
The Chair will be held by Dr. Barry Bultz, Professor and Head, Division of Psychosocial Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Director of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC). Dr. Bultz is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute.
Dr. Bultz has established a global reputation in the area of psychosocial oncology with his seminal research in “Distress as the Sixth Vital Sign” and his leadership in achieving International Union for Cancer Control (UICC) recognition of this important area. His research carried on both at TBCC and internationally, has demonstrated that 35-45 per cent of cancer patients experience high levels of distress; these findings have led to innovations in clinical care. The funding from this Chair will be instrumental in supporting ongoing research in this field with the clear vision of alleviating the distress faced by cancer patients and their families.