Dr. Carolyn Nessim is a Surgical Oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. She completed her general surgery residency training and Masters of Science at the University of Montreal. She then completed fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto and then at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia. Her clinical practice focuses on the treatment of patients with Melanoma and other skin cancers as well as Soft Tissue Sarcoma/GIST and Breast cancer.  She is a Clinician Investigator in the Cancer Therapeutic Program (CTP) at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). Her main research interests involve evaluating neo-adjuvant approaches to locally advanced and resectableoligometastic melanoma using combinations of targeted and immunotherapy and identifying biomarkers of clinical response.  She also collaborates with scientists at OHRI being involved in the evaluation of response to various cancer treatments on ex-vivo melanoma, sarcoma and breast cancer cells. Currently she is collaborating on a project evaluating the use of oncolytic viruses in the treatment of melanoma.  She also focuses on outcomes research evaluating quality measures in the diagnosis and treatment of Melanoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma/GIST and Breast Cancer and is a member of the Trans-Atlantic Retro-Peritoneal Sarcoma Working Group (TARPSWG).  She is also an active member of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB).


Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Ottawa