Heather Bryant, Vice-President, Cancer Control
Heather Bryant, MD, PhD, CCFP, FRCPC, joined the Partnership in January 2008 from the Alberta Cancer Board, where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer and Director of the Division of Population Health and Information.
At the Alberta Cancer Board, she was responsible for the cancer registry, screening and prevention programs, as well as an active research unit in cancer epidemiology and prevention. In addition, she led electronic health record implementation.
Dr. Bryant studied medicine at the University of Calgary and took her first residency certification in family medicine. She followed this with a fellowship in community medicine and a PhD in epidemiology, also at the University of Calgary. Dr. Bryant joined the Alberta Cancer Board in 1990. Before that she was a faculty member at the University of Calgary while also a Medical Officer of Health in the Drumheller Health Unit.
Dr. Bryant is actively involved in international initiatives including the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a network of member organizations to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer. In 2012, Dr. Bryant was elected to the UICC Board of Directors. She also co-chaired the scientific programme committee for the UICC’s World Cancer Congress held in Montreal in 2012.
Dr. Bryant has also been active on many national committees and chaired the national committee for the Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Initiative (Health Canada), the joint advisory committee on cancer control (National Cancer Institute of Canada) and the population health committee (Medical Research Council). She was the inaugural chair of the Institute Advisory Board for Cancer for the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and chairs the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Network. Dr. Bryant is also a Clinical Professor in the departments of Community Health Sciences and Oncology at the University of Calgary.