Dr. Rob Olson, Regional Faculty Development Director, Northern Medical Program. Dr. Rob Olson was the first physician hired to the BC Cancer Agency – Centre for the North (BCCA-CN), where he primarily treats Head & Neck, Breast, Palliative, and Lung cancer patients. He is the Research & Clinical Trials Lead, as well as the Fellowship Director. He has opened the first cancer clinical trials in Northern BC, as well as being the provincial principal investigator on numerous clinical trials.
Working with the Northern Medical Program (NMP), Dr. Olson is the Regional Director of Faculty Development, as well as the Discipline Specific Site Lead for radiation oncology. However, his primary relationship with the NMP is conducting research. Although he has a diverse area of interest aimed at improving cancer care for patients in BC, his primary areas of interest are: (1) collecting patient reported outcomes, and subsequently improving cancer care based on patients’ feedback, and (2) improving cancer care for rural and northern patients. Since starting with the NMP, Dr. Olson has published 34 manuscripts and secured over 26 grants totalling approximately 3.2 million dollars.