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 Allison Roach Alumna Award

Frances SHEPHERD’64
Principal Edith Read saw special qualities in Frances Shepherd at an early age and placed her immediately into Grade 1, so that she would skip the kindergarten years altogether. Some 13 years later, as Head Girl, Frances graduated from Branksome as an Ontario Scholar, receiving awards for French, Leadership and “Best All-Round Girl”; such was the course Frances was on.
In 1970, Frances received her medical degree from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is a Senior Staff Physician at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where she holds the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research. She is Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and served as the University Division Director for Medical Oncology from 1997 to 2003.
In addition to investigating new treatments for lung cancer, Frances has designed and led more than 100 clinical trials over the past three decades. Her studies have changed treatments and outcomes for late-stage lung cancer patients at a global level. She sits on numerous national and international lung cancer advisory boards and chairs or serves on several data and safety monitoring boards for international lung cancer trials. She has authored or co-authored more than 380 peer-reviewed publications and 35 book chapters.
Frances has selflessly given back to the community through her voluntary membership and leadership of many international boards. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer. She also chairs the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Protocol Review committee.
Over the years, Frances has received myriad awards, including the Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Foundation for Cancer Research Award in 2004; the O. Harold Warwick Award for Research Excellence in 2006; the Order of Ontario in 2007; the Ontario Premier’s Summit Award for Research in 2009; and a Boehringer-Ingelheim Innovation Award in 2010. She is now educating young cancer researchers of the future who, in turn, are also winning research awards.
Frances is married to Dr. Firouz Khamsi. Their daughter, Kathryn, practises International Law in Paris, and their son, James, holds a Master of Architecture and teaches at the University of Toronto. 


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