A staff member from the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario recently received a prestigious honour recognizing his work and contributions to the field of medical physics.
Dr. John Schreiner, the Chief Medical Physicist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario was elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in recognition of his contributions in research, education and leadership in the medical physicist’s community.
Since graduating from the University of Waterloo, Dr. Schreiner’s career has taken him from Montreal General Hospital to the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre before arriving at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario where he has been for the past 20 years. Over this time he has achieved many professional milestones, including the introduction of three-dimensional radiation dosimetry into the healthcare field.
For Dr. Schreiner though, one of his proudest accomplishments has been the opportunity to help mentor and supervise over 120 trainees from the undergraduate to post-doctoral and clinical research levels and introduce them to the field of radiation therapy medical physics. The majority of these trainees have gone on to have successful careers in the field, including several Chief Physicists in various centres across the USA and Canada.
“I have been able to reach my career milestones as a result of the guidance and training that I received from my peers and mentors,” says Dr. Schreiner. “I was taught to give people a chance and I have tried to do that throughout my career. To have the support from the hospital to get involved with students and help shape students to be leaders in their field has been a great honour to share.”
This year, in addition to being named a Fellow, Dr. Schreiner was also made a University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science Alumni of Honour for the University’s 60th Anniversary in recognition of outstanding vision, professional dedication and commitment to excellence.
Upon reflection, Dr. Schreiner is quick to recognize the support from his colleagues and family in helping him reach these milestones.
“Without my colleagues, students and family I would never have received these honours. It’s because of their support and encouragement that I have been able to get to this point in my career; these honours are only because of all of them,” says Dr. Schreiner.