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Dr. Mark Basik

Mark Basik is a surgical oncologist (cancer surgeon) at the Jewish General Hospital. His research interests include the molecular genetics of breast and colon cancer.

Dr. Basik was born in Montreal and, in 1986, received his medical degree from McGill University, where he trained in general surgery. He then completed a four-year fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., North America’s first cancer institute, where he spent three of the four years of his fellowship studying the molecular biology of cancer.

In 1996, Dr. Basik returned to Montreal to work at the University of Montreal Hospital Centre as a surgical oncologist and medical researcher. He was also awarded a clinician researcher bursary from the Quebec Health Research Fund. In August of 2001, Dr. Basik returned to the United States as a visiting investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute—part of the National Institutes of Health—to pursue his studies into the molecular genetics of breast and colon cancer. He remained there for two years to learn the applications of new technologies, which have greatly improved the capacity to analyze details of the activity of cancer cells.

Dr. Basik was then recruited back to Montreal in September 2003 to conduct basic cancer research at the JGH’s Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and to practice breast surgery at the JGH. Financial support to carry out his investigations into the molecular biology of breast cancer has been provided by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, Genome Quebec, the Cancer Research Society, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation, and the 2005 edition of the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Financial support for colon cancer research has been provided by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.