Redefining our understanding of ovarian cancer

RSC Fellow and UBC professor, Dr. David Huntsman dedicates his work to improving cancer care

Each year, thousands of Canadian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the deadliest of the three major female reproductive-system cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine).

UBC’s Dr. David Huntsman (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) is determined to change the prospects for ovarian cancer patients — and has made significant advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment through his work.

In recognition of his career-spanning achievements, Huntsman was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

View the video below to learn more about his work.


David Huntsman has used pathology and genetic tools to redefine our understanding of ovarian and several rare cancers including hereditary stomach cancer. He proposed, developed, and promulgated the current subtype-specific and biologically informed approach to ovarian cancer research, prevention, and treatment. He has been a leader and mentor within the Canadian cancer research community. His research is highly cited and most importantly has saved lives.
— Citation from the Royal Society of Canada