Dr. Terence Sparling Appointed as New Director of Oncology

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces the appointment of the new Director of Oncology, Dr. Terence Sparling, who will start work on Tuesday 5 September 2006, pending approval from immigration.

Dr. Sparling comes to Bermuda with over 30 years’ experience. A graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Sparling is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and holds Certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has held posts in Medical Oncology with a number of major Canadian hospitals and, from 1993 to 2000, was Director of the Burnaby Hospital Regional Cancer Centre. More recently he was the Head, Division of Medical Oncology, at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Until Dr. Sparling’s arrival, oncology services will continue to be offered on a regular basis, thanks to the generous assistance of visiting oncologists from the Dana Farber Cancer Centre in Boston.

Venetta Symonds, Acting Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sparling who will provide a consistent presence for patients and our oncology team from September. Dr. Sparling brings a wealth of medical skill and academic experience, which will benefit the patients of Bermuda. He was impressed with our service during his recent visit and was very highly regarded by the doctors, nurses and hospital administrators who met with him. We look forward very much to Dr. Sparling’s arrival on September 5th.”

Ann Smith-Gordon, President & CEO of PALS, adds: “The appointment of a permanent oncologist in Bermuda has been a key issue for cancer patients and this is welcomed news indeed. Dr. Sparling is joining an efficient oncology team in Bermuda and I know that our many patients will be very relieved to hear that this service will soon be supported full time.”

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