Dr. Covens is the head of Gynecologic Oncology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. He is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto, and the director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Covens obtained his medical degree with honors from the University of Toronto in 1983. He attended the University of Western Ontario for residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the University of Toronto/McMaster University for a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, which was completed in 1990.
He is the author/coauthor of over 65 peer reviewed publications, and the recipient of 30 scholarships and awards, including the University of Toronto Chairís Award for Sustained Excellence in Research. He has been successful in obtaining over 25 peer-reviewed grants. He has presented over 100 abstracts at scientific meetings, and given over 130 invited lectures around the world. He has served as a visiting professor over 15 times around the world at various academic universities. He has participated in 3 textbooks in Gynecologic Oncology, and is presently editing a DVD/book on laparoscopy in Gynecologic Oncology.
He chairs the Gynecologic Oncology Nucleus Committee for the RCPSC and co-chairs the Rare Tumour Committee for the GOG. He sits on both the ovarian and gestational trophoblastic committees for the GOG, the exam committee in Gynecologic Oncology for the RCPSC, the executive committee for the Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada, and the Gynecologic Disease Site Group for CCO.
He is on the Editorial board for Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, and Current Womenís Health Reviews, and reviews articles for the Lancet, International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Canadian Journal of Surgery, and The Oncologist.
His main interests and expertise include innovative surgical approaches including laparoscopic surgery, sentinel lymph nodes, and fertility sparing surgery in Gynecologic Oncology, and Clinical research. ††
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