Margaret Fitch

Odette Cancer Centre, Canada


Margaret I. Fitch, RN PhD, Head, Oncology Nursing and Co-Director, Patient and Family Support Program, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Associate Professor, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto Dr. Margaret Fitch’s first position as a Staff Nurse in a respiratory illness unit inspired her to pursue additional study in the respiratory field. Graduating from Dalhousie University with a Baccalaureate in Nursing, Dr. Fitch went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate in Philosophy (Medical Science) degrees at the University of Toronto. Dr. Fitch has been particularly intrigued by psychosocial and behavioral research concerning how people manage and cope with illness. At present, she has several studies underway ranging in topics from supportive care needs of cancer patients, to screening for distress and cancer patient navigation. Dr. Fitch has chaired and served on various Lung Association committees and councils, including the Board of Directors. She chaired the Ontario Respiratory Care Society for four years and was the first chair of its Research and Fellowship Committee. She led the effort to establish a Research Program within the ORCS. Currently, Dr. Fitch is the Immediate Past President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and serves on the Board of Directors for several other professional organizations.

Biography Updated on 20 February 2012

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