Gary Rodin

Director of GIPPEC at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto

Dr. Rodin is the Director of the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC) and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  He is a clinician-investigator who has published widely on the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer and other medical illnesses.  Under his leadership, the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret has now achieved an international reputation for its academic and clinical excellence.

Dr. Rodin has authored texts on Depression in the Medically Ill, and on the Psychiatric Aspects of Transplantation and is currently leading research on the psychological impact of advanced and terminal disease in affected patients and their families.

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GIPPEC Symposium on the Access to Palliative and End-of-Life Care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples      Dec 1st, 2016      Louise Lee

The 2nd annual GIPPEC symposium, held on November 15 and 16 in Toronto, focused on improving access to palliative and end-of-life care for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) communities.

Following a traditional smudging ceremony, the symposium kicked off with the keynote speaker, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Chair in Northern and...

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Call for Abstract: Transatlantic collaboration: Enhancing clinical care through palliative care research      Jul 30th, 2016   

In this seminar, researchers will share their experiences of conducting collaborative research within Canada and in both North America and Europe. The seminar will provide great opportunities to connect, share...

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Assisted dying is not Palliative Care      Jul 1st, 2016      Louise Lee

Echoing the view of Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, GIPPEC urges the public not to confuse assisted dying with palliative care.

While it's true that palliative care advocates believe in choices - people need to know their end-of-life options, and they need...

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GIPPEC's Learning Platform Launched      Feb 23rd, 2016      Louise Lee

GIPPEC has launched its educational platform at Currently, it is hosting a training module on conducting the Quality of Death and Dying Questionnaire and the Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Workshop.

More educational modules are underway. Stay tuned! 

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GIPPEC is filming      Jan 31st, 2016      Louise Lee

GIPPEC is working with our partners, Dr. Faith Mwangi Powell and Richard Powell, on a research project, measuring the quality of death and dying in the Kenyan hospices. Here we are filming to create elearning modules for training researchers to administer the questionnaire and collect data for the...

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On Advance Care Planning and Sense of Control      Jan 25th, 2016   

As part of our tribute to David Bowie, we did a series of interviews with Dr. Gary Rodin, asking him questions about terminal illness, creativity, advance care planning, and post-traumatic growth. In this video, he talked about advance care planning and the sense of control in the following. 

Question: Anne...

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On David Bowie, terminal illness, and creative expression      Jan 21st, 2016      Louise Lee

"David Bowie was secretive about his illness and yet his final video, Lazarus, released several days before his death, reveals a strong desire to share his end-of-life experience. Could you unpack this contradiction for us?"

This was the question we asked Dr. Gary Rodin, the GIPPEC director and the head of...

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Dear Cancer: Diary of a five-time cancer survivor (Part 4)      Nov 30th, 2015      Louise Lee

“For 31 years, I have been battling this grueling illness as a child, teenager and young adult. Over the years, cancer has taken my health, my hair, my engery, chunks of my body and, sometimes, even my sanity. But it has also given me a gift – to...

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Exploring Palliative and Humanistic Care in China      Nov 19th, 2015      Louise Lee

On November 6, 2015, Dr. Gary Rodin shared his experiences providing palliative care service and the CALM therapy in an international event exploring the promotion of palliative care and application of humanistic care in China. The event was organized by The China Council for the Promotion...

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Great Turnout for CALM International Advanced Workshop      Jun 8th, 2015      Katrina MacAlpine

“The first casualties of cancer are emotional ones. CALM is one way we can help reduce patients’ fears and help them manage what lies ahead.”  Dr. Gary Rodin, GIPPEC Director

The Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Training Program hosted an advanced CALM workshop in Toronto May 31 –...

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Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully (CALM)

An individualized therapy designed to help patients manage the challenges of living with cancer, reduce distress and promote psychological well-being


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