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Dr. Barry D. Bultz, PhD, holds the Daniel Family Leadership Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and is Professor and Head, Division of Psychosocial Oncology and Professor of the Department of Psychiatry in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is the founding Director of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology; Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Dr. Bultz is a co-founder and Past President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO). He served as an Invited Director of the Board of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Bultz served as President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society.
He advocates for the recognition of the impact of cancer-related distress (6th Vital Sign) on patient experience and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and presents frequently on the importance of screening and management of cancer related distress. His work with cancer patients has seen him receive many awards, including the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Award of Excellence, The Canadian Cancer Society (Alberta and NWT Divisions) Award of Excellence in Medicine and Health, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award, the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2016, and the Arthur Sutherland Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and in 2017 he was elected Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society-the first for a non-American.