Gary Rodin


Director, GIPPEC

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto

Gary Rodin is the Joint University of Toronto/University Health Network Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and is Head of the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in 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.

Related Information

Registration open for graduate course in supportive and palliative care      Jul 19th, 2017      Louise Lee

The “Multidisciplinary Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care Research” course will be running again this fall.

For details about the courses and registration information, visit our education page.

Or read testimonials from students last year.

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Building a Global Network for CALM Therapy      Jun 15th, 2017      Meredith Nelson

GIPPEC is delighted to announce the successful delivery of six CALM workshops in Chile, Italy, China, New Zealand, and Canada in 2017!  The CALM workshops bring together a diverse group of oncology professionals in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, social work, nursing, palliative and spiritual care, and more, to gain training and...

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Registration opens for the CALM Therapy Advanced Training      Mar 9th, 2017      Louise Lee

CALM or Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully, is a brief, semi-structured, evidence-based, psychotherapeutic intervention designed to help people with metastatic cancer and their caregivers manage the practical and profound problems associated with advanced disease. The primary goals of CALM are reducing and preventing psychological distress.

The CALM Therapy Training Program is...

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Graduate course in palliative and supportive care helps develop next-generation researchers      Jan 10th, 2017      Louise Lee

The “Multidisciplinary Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care Research” course, jointly hosted by the GIPPEC global institute and the Institute of Life Course of Aging at the University of Toronto, aims to provide learners an opportunity to explore a novel, interdisciplinary area of study.

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Establishing CALM Centre of Excellence in Ferrara, Italy      Nov 5th, 2016   

The first project coming out of the partnership between GIPPEC and the University of Ferrara is to establish a CALM Centre of Excellence in Italy in 2017.

CALM or Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully is an individualized therapy designed to help patients manage the challenges of living with cancer, reduce distress...

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Norwegian delegates visited GIPPEC and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre      Dec 28th, 2016      Louise Lee

From left to right: Lesley Chalklin, Caitlin Doherty, Stein Kaasa, Gary Rodin, Camilla Zimmermann and Jon Harvard Loge

On December 6-7, Dr. Stein Kaasa, chair of the European Palliative Care Research Centre and Professor Jon Harvard Loge from Norway visited the Department of Supportive Care and...

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GIPPEC Launches the Kenya Quality of Death and Dying Study      Dec 1st, 2016   

After months of planning across two continents by the collaborative research teams in Canada and in Africa, mid-October 2016 was a flurry of activity as Richard Powell (local Principal Investigator) and Nancy Gikaara (Research Assistant) traversed Kenya to launch the quality of death and dying (QODD) study in three local...

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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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Title Publisher Date
Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.   Trials Sep 3rd, 2015
Efficacy of a brief manualized intervention Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) adapted to German cancer care settings: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.   BMC Cancer Aug 19th, 2015
Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully (CALM): phase 2 trial of a brief individual psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer.   Palliative Medicine Mar 28th, 2014
Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM): a qualitative study of a brief individual psychotherapy for individuals with advanced cancer.   Palliative Medicine Jul 26th, 2012
Provision of Palliative Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Overcoming Obstacles For Effective Treatment Delivery   Journal of Clinical Oncology Nov 17th, 2015
Death-related anxiety in patients with advanced cancer: Validation of the German version of the Death and Dying Distress Scale   Journal of Pain and Symptom Management Oct 1st, 2016
Inviting end-of-life talk in initial CALM therapy sessions: A conversation analytic study.   Patient Education and Counseling. Aug 17th, 2017
Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully (CALM): Randomized feasibility trial in patients with advanced cancer.   Aug 17th, 2017
Preliminary psychometrics of the Existential Distress Scale in patients with advanced cancer   European Journal of Cancer Care (Engl) Aug 17th, 2017
“Double awareness” in psychotherapy for patients living with advanced cancer   Journal of Psychotherapy Integration Aug 17th, 2017

Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully

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

Nov 26

Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully (CALM) Introductory Workshop

November 26th - November 27th   Registration Required   Princess Margaret Cancer Center

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