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Dr. Natalie Coburn 

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Dr. Natalie Coburn

Dr. Natalie Coburn is an associate scientist and surgical oncologist in the Odette Cancer Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is doing groundbreaking work in the treatment of complex gastrointestinal cancers, including those of the stomach, pancreas and liver. Gastric cancer is the eighth-leading cause of cancer death in Ontario, and surgery is the only remedy. As this story shows, Coburn’s research asks why outcomes in North America are poor and aims to create interventions to improve patient survival. As head of the division of general surgery at Sunnybrook, she leads a team studying the best treatment options for patients with gastric cancer.

Learn more about Dr. Coburn’s research