Dr. Gail Darling is a Professor ofThoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is a Thoracic Surgeon atUniversity Health Network and Director of Thoracic Surgery Clinical Research atToronto General Hospital. She was Program Director of the General ThoracicSurgery Residency Program for over 10 years. She has won awards for teaching atboth the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
After completing her medicaltraining at the University of Western Ontario in 1981, Dr. Darling obtained herfellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in GeneralSurgery in 1986. She then completed two years of basic science research at theNational Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,Maryland. Following this, she completed a fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at theMayo Clinic and obtained certification in Thoracic Surgery from the RoyalCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1990.
After returning to Canada, Dr.Darling started her practice in Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care at theWellesley Hospital in Toronto, moved to the Thoracic Surgery division at MountSinai Hospital and then in 1998 joined DOTS.
Dr. Darling has focused herpractice in Thoracic Surgical oncology. Her primary clinical interests are lungand esophageal cancer but include other malignancies of the mediastinum andthorax. Her interest in the esophagus also extends to benign esophagealdisease. She has been active in clinical trials in oncology and has been aprincipal investigator for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group andthe Ontario Cancer Research Network, as well as a site Principal Investigatorfor the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group. She has beena member of Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence Based Care Lung Diseasesite and recently has joined the PEBC Report Approval Panel. Dr Darling hasalso been an active participant in the CCO Surgical Oncology Thoracic Communityof Practice having coauthored a guideline on invasive mediastinal staging anddeveloped quality indicators for thoracic surgery. She is also a member of theWorldwide Esophageal Cancer Collaboration and is an associate editor for thejournal Diseases of the Esophagus. She became Chair of the Nucleus Committeefor the specialty of Thoracic Surgery in July 2012. She is the Thoracic Surgerylead for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a very important internationalclinical trials organization. She is also a member of the Lung Site ExecutiveCommittee for the National Cancer Institute of Canada – Clinical Trials Group.