Desirée Hao

Associate Professor

Medicine & Oncology


Contact information


Office: 403-521-3706

Web presence


Preferred method of communication


Lorna Dixon


Office: 403-521-3706

Research and teaching

Area of Focus

  • Thoracic malignancies and head and neck cancer
  • Clinical trials and translational research in above tumour types.


After completing her MD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Dr. Hao did her Internal Medicine residency in Calgary, her Medical Oncology training at the University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Research Fellowship in cancer drug development at the Institute for Drug Development in San Antonio, Texas.  Dr. Hao joined the Tom Baker Cancer Centre / University of Calgary in December, 2001, and currently works in the Thoracic and Head & Neck Oncology Programs.  She is active clinical trials for thoracic as well as head and neck malignancies and has undertaken translational research projects in these areas.  Dr. Hao is a longstanding member of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta – Cancer Committee and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (CAMO).