Dr. Rachel Goodwin
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Dr. Rachel Goodwin

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
– William Osler

Occupation: Medical Oncologist (Chemotherapy Doctor) at The Ottawa Hospital

Personal Life:
  • Dr. Goodwin is a Spud Islander.   She was born and raised on Prince Edward Island.  She attended Elementary and High School in Charlottetown PEI.
  • Growing up on the Island meant spending time on the beach in the summer and hockey rinks in the winter.
  • Her husband also grew up on PEI, and is an electrical engineer.  They have 3 boys: Caylan, Reid, and Malcolm.  Life is busy at work and at home.
  • In addition to bringing her kids to many hockey games, she too plays women’s hockey with her over 40 friends.
Personal and Professional Experiences
  • Dr. Goodwin finished her medical school at The University of Ottawa in 2003.   She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at The Ottawa Hospital.
  • After residency, she moved to Kingston and completed a two year cancer drug development fellowship at Queen’s University.
  • Dr. Goodwin specializes in treating cancers of the gastrointestinal tract and new cancer drug trials (ie. the first time we try a new drug in humans).
  • She chose to become a cancer doctor because patients are motivated, brave and grateful.  Also, the science of oncology is very intriguing and is continually improving and changing.
  • She has worked on a National Pancreatic Cancer Initiative and is an active member of the International Commonwealth Neuroendocrine Tumour Group.
  • Last year she was awarded the Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer Early Drug Development Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Cancer Trials Group.  Her husband teased her that the “young” part was incorrect!