Dr. Steven Narod is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer and is the Director of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at Women’s College Hospital. He is a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and is appointed to the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Narod’s research interests include cancer prevention, detection and management strategies for high-risk women and young women at risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Currently, through funding from the Canadian Cancer Research Society Institute, he directs an international longitudinal study of over 15,000 women who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Through this database, Dr. Narod has been studying various aspects of hereditary cancer leading to improved understanding of several risk factors, and increased knowledge of surgical and chemopreventive strategies for the prevention of cancer. Dr. Narod is also principal investigator on several other grants from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Currently, he is working on numerous projects to evaluate the effect of oophorectomy on markers of health and quantifying endogenous hormones. Other fields of interest include evaluating the impacts of chemoprevention in BRCA1 carriers and various surgical treatments and chemotherapy regimens on survival and outcome of women with hereditary breast cancer and early-onset breast cancer.
Dr. Narod has published over 600 papers and established collaborations with experts in over 30 countries. He is the second most highly cited breast cancer researcher in the world with an h-index of 93. Dr. Narod is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He received an honorary doctorate from the Pomeranian Medical University. His honours include the Queen Elisabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the O Harold Warwick Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society, the FORCE Spirit of Empowerment Award and the Karen Campbell National Award from Ovarian Cancer Canada.