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Researcher, physician and teacher Phil Gold to be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Date:10/20/2009

t importance to him: "I am very honoured to be included among the pantheon of great physicians in the Medical Hall of Fame," said Dr. Gold. "Many of them were my teachers and colleagues; from my perspective, the most important thing I've ever done is teach."

Dr. Gold's passion for teaching resonates with Prof. Munroe-Blum: "This has been a great year for McGill. We're very proud that faculty members, scholars and alumni have earned two Nobel Prizes, three Killam Prizes and two Steacie Memorial Fellowships. These awards and Dr. Gold's distinction as the latest inductee in The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame speak volumes to the quality of our professoriate and our commitment to attracting the best from Canada and around the world to support graduate students and the excellence of our programs."

In 1965, Dr. Gold and his colleague, Dr. Samuel Freedman, published a seminal paper on their concept-shifting discovery of CEA, the tumour marker that is found in 70% of cancer patients. This marker was developed into a blood test that remains the most frequently used test in oncology around the world today, in addition to being the standard against which other human tumour markers are measured. Through this work, Dr. Gold is credited for developing the field of Human Tumour Marker Biology. His subsequent demonstration that CEA was in embryonic and fetal tissue initiated the field of oncodevelopmental biology.

The impact of the CEA discovery, along with other work in the division of clinical immunology and allergy at the Montreal General Hospital, led to the establishment of the McGill Cancer Centre in 1974. Thirty-five years later, Dr. Gold's original dream of creating a first-rate cancer centre by centralizing the efforts of McGill University and its affiliated hospitals has been realized through the Research Institute of the MUHC and the Goodman Cancer Centre at McGill.

"The relevance of Dr. Gold's discovery over four decades ago stands toda
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Contact: Julie Robert
julie.robert@muhc.mcgill.ca
514-843-1560
McGill University Health Centre
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