Dr. Joseph Ragaz

Medical Oncologist & Clinical Professor
Faculty of Medicine
School of Population & Public Health
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Joseph Ragaz - Clinical, Academic and Research Activities

Dr. Ragaz is a Medical Oncologist, Breast Cancer Specialist and Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Medicine's School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), University of British Columbia, (UBC), Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


During his 1977-2003 tenure at the British Columbia Cancer Agency [BCCA], Vancouver, BC, Dr. Ragaz subspecialized in Breast Cancer, developing multiple provincial, national and international Clinical Research Initiatives.

From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Ragaz was the Director of the Oncology Program, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he helped to expand and modernize the MUHC Oncology activities.

From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Ragaz was the Medical Director of the Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and Prevention Clinic at the University of British Columbia Women’s Health Centre.

From 2009 - 2015: In 2009, Dr. Ragaz opened the Vancouver-based Oncology Counselling, Education and Prevention Clinic, dedicated to in-depth counselling of patients with established Cancer and for Breast Cancer Prevention. Problematic issues are frequently discussed with current local, national and international opinion leaders. In addition to the counseling activities, and if required, an informed second opinion is provided.


Since 1977, Dr. Ragaz worked on a number of national and international breast cancer studies, paving the way to concepts eventually accepted by International community such as neoadjuvant therapy for early breast cancer; role of aromatase inhibitors replacing surgical adrenalectomy in breast cancer; loco-regional radiotherapy increasing survival of breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy; role of tissue microarrays identifying new genetic markers; more recently Dr. Ragaz initiated a number of cancer outcome and epidemiology, most of them reaching, by the years 2015 – 2016, maturity and completion.

Dr. Ragaz is currently active at the School of Population and Public Health [SPPH], University of British Columbia, working with the teams of local and international academic collaborators on a variety of Cancer Epidemiology and Outcome projects. [ Academic Research ]

Between 2009 - 2014, Dr. Ragaz has also taught at the UBC School of Population and Public Health a postgraduate SPPH 524 course [Introduction to Medicine – the Public Health Perspective] for the students of Masters and PhD Programs.


2005 - 2014: Board Member, Director, Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada [http://www.canceradvocacy.ca].  Dr. Ragaz is an active champion of patient's rights to access the best cancer care, as seen from his many activities and publications with the Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada.