Dr. Cathy Zhang
Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Cathy Zhang is native speaking in English and in French, both professionally and medically. Her Global Health work has also brought her to briefly call Geneva, Vienna, and Vancouver home. In the end, she was attracted to settle in Toronto for its innovative spirit, open-mindedness, and global connectivity; she is looking forward to growing and contributing in her new home city.
Fundamentally, Dr. Zhang is a self-directed lifelong learner who approaches life with a conscientious but compassionate mind. She is also a life enthusiast who enjoys empowering those around her to power through adversity with a resilient smile. With her dedication towards the pursuit of excellence and justice in anything that she undertakes, she works closely with her patients in ensuring that they reach a state of health, which she believes is the complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease.
Dr. Zhang has always been a firm believer that medical professionals have a responsibility towards their communities. During medical school, she noticed the need for increased radiology in Global Health, so she fought for this cause after completing her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (MDCM) degree at McGill University at the age of 23.
Dr. Zhang’s work at the World Health Organization (WHO) has culminated in having the honor of being invited to directly share her team’s experiences about the need of increased radiology in the United Nations system with the President of the International Society of Radiologists (ISR), and was invited to create and co-chair a much-needed radiology specialty track (now permanently established) at the World Congress of Disaster and Emergency Medicine with the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Department of Radiology.
Dr. Zhang is not only extremely humbled to have learnt and grown among some of the most inspiring minds in the health field, but is also tremendously grateful for the invaluable multi-faceted and multi-leveled perspective that she has gained on the meaning, the value and the wide-ranging impacts of health, or lack thereof. Throughout her various professional roles, she’s often been told that one of her greatest strengths is connecting with the human being behind any exchange through sheer authenticity; she uses this skill to focus on healing one patient, one person and one relationship at a time.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
- Advances in Labor and Risk Management (ALARM)
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
- McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course
- ECG bootcamp training by University of Montreal
- CASTED (Musculoskeletal course for Primary Care)
- CASTED (Musculoskeletal course for Emergency)
- Dermatology; skin care and skin health
- Health technology and innovation
- Preventative health
- Global Health
- Creator and Co-chair for Radiology Track at the World Congress of Disaster & Emergency Medicine 2017
- Program Committee of the Integrated Medical Imaging in Cardiovascular Diseases (IMIC 2016), by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations agency
- Global Health Radiology consultant for the Department of Emergency Radiology, University of British Columbia (UBC)
- Medical Intern in Global Health Radiology at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters
- Bursary presented by the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine (CANM), on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), for outstanding performance
- Honorary Membership at University of British Columbia (UBC) Emergency Radiology for considerable advances on the Global Health scene to the department
- McGill University’s J W McConnell Scholarship – merit-based entrance scholarship
- McGill Medical Students’ Society Conference and Initiative Fund
- Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) fund
- Alison Bested Scholarship Fund
- Fonds de la Recherche en santé du Québec bursary
- Lead author on a dozen of international conferences presentations
- Work featured on the top professional societies’ publications in Global Health Radiology, such as the International Society of Radiology (ISR), Inter-American College of Radiology (ICR), World Health Organization (WHO)
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- College of Family Physicians of Canada
- Canadian Medical Protective Association
- Ontario Medical Association
- Canadian Medical Association