Women's College Research Institute

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Ophira Ginsburg, M.Sc., MD, FRCPC

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Adjunct professor, BRAC University, Bangladesh
Advisor, National Cancer Hospital and National Institute for Cancer Control of Vietnam

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg is a medical oncologist with a background in cancer genetics, epidemiology, and global health. Her research is focused on women's health equity and global cancer control.

She is an advisor to the National Institute for Cancer Control of Viet Nam, a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries, and a member of the Union for International Cancer Control’s Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control. She sits on several NGO advisory boards including Global Focus on Cancer, and is co-founder of WEMA, Women’s Health Equity Through Mobile Approaches, a Canadian non-profit organization with projects currently in Moshi, Tanzania.

She has developed an innovative programme of population intervention research, education, and policy initiatives in cancer disparities and global cancer control, with projects in Bangladesh, Canada, United Republic of Tanzania, United States and Viet Nam. From 2015-2016, Dr. Ginsburg joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Medical Officer for cancer control. Her focus was on building policy and programming for women’s cancers, including guidance, recommendations, and implementation frameworks on breast cancer prevention, early detection/screening and management.

Select Awards

  • Top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health, The Graduate Institute/Global Health Program, Geneva Switzerland (2015)
  • YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award (Health) (2014)
  • Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health, Grand Challenges Canada (2012)


See my peer-reviewed publications


Twitter: @OphiraG

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Post-doctoral Fellow, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Ontario Cancer Institute, 2008

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology), 2004

MD, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1998

MSc, Genetic Counselling, Human Genetics, McGill University, 1992

Areas of Interest

Women’s Cancers

Health System Solutions


  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)