Dr. Marla Shapiro
On-Air Medical Consultant for CTV National News and Host of Dr. Marla and Friends
Dr. Marla Shapiro completed medical school at McGill University and trained at the University of Toronto for her Masters of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology. She trained in Family Medicine and is certified by the Canadian College of Family Practice. She concluded her speciality training in Community Medicine receiving her Fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is a NAMS credentialed menopause specialist.
In 2000, Dr. Shapiro became the Health and Medical Contributor for CTV's Canada AM. In addition to her weekly appearances on Canada AM, she is seen on CTV NewsChannel and as the medical consultant on CTV’s National News. 2003 saw the exciting addition of Balance: Television for Living Well, in which Dr. Shapiro appeared as host. This year saw the launch of her new national show- Dr. Marla and Friends seen Monday and Thursday at 7:30PM EST of News Channels and on weekends on CTV. Dr. Shapiro currently writes a health column for Canadian Health and Living as well as her weekly blog on the CTV website. She is Editor of ParentsCanada where she also writes a regular Ask Dr. Marla column.
Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the 2005 Media Award from the North American Menopause Society for her work in expanding the understanding of menopause, and won the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/Canadian Foundation for Women's Health Award for Excellence in Women's Health Journalism in 2006 for her documentary Run Your Own Race. The documentary, written, presented and co-produced by Dr. Shapiro, has won numerous industry awards including the New York Film Festival and the Columbus International Film and Video award. Dr. Shapiro received an Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for her lifelong commitment and dedication to family medicine in 2008. As well she was awarded the Excellence in Creative Professional Activity in 2009 by the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is the winner of the 2010 May Cohen Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. The award recognises a commitment to the professional, social and personal advancement of women physicians and to the promotion of the well-being of women both in the medical profession and in society at large. She is the recipient of the 2010 Peter R Newman Humanitarian Award in recognition of an exemplary commitment to the welfare of individuals or the community, at home or abroad. In 2011 she was honoured as a Woman of Action by the Israeli Cancer Research Foundation.
Her book Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer, was released in Fall 2006 and is a National Bestseller.
Life in the Balance
To Canadians, Dr. Marla Shapiro is best known as the respected medical consultant for CTV News, the host of Balance: Television for Living Well and as a health columnist for The Globe and Mail. Admired for her intelligence and many accomplishments, "Dr. Marla," or "Canada's Doctor," as she is known, seemed to have it all. But on Friday, August 13, 2004, Marla Shapiro found out she had an invasive form of breast cancer. Like the more than 20,000 Canadian women who are diagnosed every year with this disease, her world changed forever. But unlike most of those women, her status as a physician meant she had an insider's knowledge of the disease and its treatments.
Life in the Balance is Dr. Shapiro's intimate, inspiring and often surprising account of her battle with breast cancer, from the shock of the initial diagnosis to multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and her agonizing decision to have both breasts removed, followed by reconstructive surgery and recovery. She candidly recounts her struggle going from the woman who routinely delivered all the seemingly right answers to her patients and her family, to the woman who quickly discovered that there were no right answers when it came to her own life-altering decisions. A story infused with emotion, humour, family support and Dr. Shapiro's unwavering passion to learn—and teach—this is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer or who knows someone who has.
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