Dr. Jonn Wu
Radiation Oncologist; Chief Medical Informatics Officer; Chair, Provincial Head and Neck Tumour Group

Dr. Jonn Wu studied biochemistry and attended medical school in Alberta, followed by a clinical and research fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Centre. Dr. Wu was recruited to the BC Cancer Agency in 1999 to introduce new radiotherapy planning and delivery technologies to the clinic. Dr. Wu’s research has focused on improving the delivery of radiation and minimizing side effects for head & neck cancer patients, as well as investigating population-based outcomes to answer questions about how well treatments are working and if outcomes are improving over time. Dr. Wu also helped design an iPad app to allow doctors to easily access patient charts, thus improving the quality of clinical care.

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Blog Posts by Dr. Jonn Wu

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A Glimpse into the Future of Cancer Research and Care

Dear readers - thank you so much for returning to my fourth and final blog post. This week I have an opportunity to reflect on some of the revolutions in cancer treatment that I have personally witnessed over the past two decades and speak a little on what I think our future might look like. I graduated from medical school in 1993, and started training in radiation oncology that same year. If someone from 2013 used a time machine to travel back to 1993 to tell me how radiotherapy would change over the next 20 years, I would call them crazy and run away. Besides, we all know time machines aren...

Progress in Cancer Research: The Role of Philanthropy

Welcome back to my third blog post. In my first two installments, I wrote a little about myself, the BC Cancer Agency, and what makes us so unique compared to other cancer hospitals and research organizations. Because the BC Cancer Agency is a provincial program that provides screening services, cancer treatments and supportive care to everyone in B.C. and the Yukon, we are able to ask very interesting questions on a very large scale, including outcomes research and clinical trials. This type of research is very difficult if you only have a small number of patients to study. Additionally,...

Dr. Jonn Wu: The Impact of Research at the BC Cancer Agency

Since arriving at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre in 1999, my roles and responsibilities have gradually evolved in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways. My early years at the Agency predictably included lots of teaching with medical students, residents, and fellows visiting from all corners of the globe. I also had the opportunity to supervise and mentor many of them in research projects, in collaboration with my partners in medical physics. These were exciting times as technology improved at such a pace that allowed us to target higher and more concentrated radiation doses to...

Dr. Jonn Wu: My Background in Cancer Research and Care

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am delighted to have this opportunity to share some of my background and thoughts with you. Although I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, which sounds very exciting, my parents and I moved to Vancouver, B.C. before my first birthday. I spent most of my youth in Burnaby, B.C. and graduated from Burnaby South Senior Secondary - the original campus - which dates me a little. I then attended the University of Calgary for two years, in the Department of Biochemistry, before starting medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, followed by a radiation oncology...