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  • Dr. Michael Johnston, MD, FRCSC


Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine; Atlantic Node Leader, Terry Fox Research Institute; TFRI Executive Committee

Research Interests:

Trans-lymphatic delivery of anti-cancer agents for treatment of lung cancer metastases; early detection of lung cancer; prevention of recurrent disease

Fighting lung cancer on many fronts

Dr. Johnston is a thoracic surgical oncologist and Professor of Surgery at Dalhousie University.  He received his MD degree from the University of Illinois, trained in general surgery at the University of Washington and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.  He held appointments as Senior Investigator in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute and as Head of Surgical Oncology at the University of Colorado Cancer Center before moving to Toronto in 1991.  He practiced for many years at Princess Margaret, Mt. Sinai and Toronto General Hospitals and was Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Johnston has been a principal investigator on both basic and clinical research grants from CIHR, NCIC and NIH.  His laboratory interests involve targeted therapies for thoracic malignancies and lung cancer model systems while his main clinical focus is on lung cancer screening and early detection.

Membership Status:

Dr. Johnston is a past Director and Honourary Member of BHCRI, has presented at the BHCRI Seminar Series and the 2009 BHCRI Symposium.



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