ABOUT RONNIE BARR
After 40 years as an innovator and leader in the field of pediatric oncology at McMaster University and its affiliated Children’s Hospital, and 35 years as a member of the POGO Board of Directors, including 10 years as President, Dr. Barr has decided to “retire” at the end of June 2018. His accomplishments are many and far-reaching. Too many to name here, a few of his career highlights are:
Helped to establish POGO in 1983, contributing to the direction of the organization and the discipline of pediatric oncology in Ontario
Spearheaded POGO’s engagement in the Central American Pediatric Oncology Research Initiative (CAPRI) to address abandonment of therapy, malnutrition and the quality of treatment in the region
Involved in the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Nairobi, Kenya 1970-72
Led a national task force focused on the development of a Canadian strategy for cancer control in adolescents and young adults
Chaired the International Working Group on Essential Medicines for children with cancer, aligned with the World Health Organization
Dr. Barr has been recognised internationally for his work in cancer control in children by appointment as a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK and receipt of a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, the O. Harold Warwick Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society, and a Clinical Practitioner Award for Academic Leadership from the Pediatric Chairs of Canada.
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) champions childhood cancer care. When a child is battling cancer, we ensure that the child has lifelong access to the best care for the best possible outcomes. We provide that child’s family with financial support to help ease the burden. We commit to his or her ongoing care, knowing that childhood cancer survivors endure medical challenges into adulthood. We advance cancer care for all children with cancer through our pioneering database and research. POGO leads a unique and impactful pediatric cancer network that is a model for Canada, and worldwide.
Proceeds from this event will go to enhance learning opportunities for our healthcare professionals dedicated to the rapidly advancing field of pediatric oncology. This includes:
Ensuring Ontario’s healthcare professionals are at the forefront of progress, providing state-of-the-art care;
Sharing POGO’s knowledge and experience with the international healthcare community;
Providing patients, families and survivors with vital health information; and
Developing medical guidelines to help guide decisions and criteria regarding diagnosis, management, and treatment in specific areas of healthcare.