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Dr. Sylvia Asa

Patient Advocacy

In 1992, while still a fellow at UCLA, Dr. Ezzat worked with a group of patients to start the Pituitary Network Association, an organization that provides the largest online resource for patients with pituitary diseases. They both participate regularly in patient education days and serve the needs of patients who inquire about their diagnosis, care and prognosis. In 2006,they were awarded the Gentle Giant Award given in honor of those that have presented longstanding advocacy, outstanding contribution and dedication to pituitary patient care, education, and pituitary medicine.

Dr. Asa and Dr. Ezzat are strong supporters of patient education and empowerment.

“Dr. Ezzat is an amazing doctor and an even more amazing human being. With his knowledge, kindness and compassion he has helped me in my pituitary journey and has also helped with many other issues along the way. Dr. Ezzat is most definitely my Pituitary Hero!”

The Carcinoid NeuroEndocrine Tumour Society of Canada (CNETS) aims to educate patients, physicians and the public on issues dealing with conditions associated with carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumour diseases, to establish support groups for those affected by carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumour diseases and to increase awareness of their diagnosis, treatment and management.  Dr. Asa is a member of their Scientific and Medical Advisory Board and in 2014, Dr. Ezzat was the recipient of the first award presented in honour of CNETS Canada’s founder, the late Maureen Coleman.

“Touring the lab and speaking with the lab team is real patient education” - Debbie

"I like being available for our patients...Pathologists don’t always get to meet our patients. But, I believe it is absolutely worth it so our patients have a deeper understanding of their diagnoses.” - Dr. Asa

In 2014, Dr. Asa arranged for members of the Carcinoid-Neuroendocrine Tumour Society of Canada (CNETS) to tour the labs at UHN.  “I like being available for our patients,” said Dr. Asa. “Pathologists don’t always get to meet our patients. But, I believe it is absolutely worth it so our patients have a deeper understanding of their diagnoses.”  The group toured through the entire pathology and molecular diagnostic area and the Core Lab where they saw the commented on the number and variety of different laboratory technologies and the many professionals who were working in the lab.