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Dr. Marla Shapiro


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Medical Contributor, Columnist & Host

Dr. Shapiro completed medical school at McGill University and trained at the University of Toronto for her Masters of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology. She trained in Family Medicine and is certified by the Canadian College of Family Practice. She concluded her specialty training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, receiving her Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is a North American Menopause Society credentialed menopause specialist.

Keynote Speeches

Balance: Living Well and Staying Healthy

Dr. Marla Shapiro’s keynotes offer valuable “me-time” for audience members, helping them to see the things that matter in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and some of the major issues at the forefront of today’s medical care. As a broadcaster and columnist she provides people with the latest medical news as well as practical advice to keep the entire family healthy, and allow them to make smart healthcare decisions. A warm, compelling and compassionate speaker, she brings this same focus to her live presentations, sharing advice and information that everyone can use in their daily lives.

Survivorship: With, Through and Beyond

In August, 2004, Shapiro found out she had an invasive form of breast cancer. Like the more than 20,000 Canadian women who are diagnosed every year with the disease, her world changed forever. This intimate, inspiring and often surprising account of her illness, from the shock of the initial diagnosis to multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and her agonizing decision to have both breasts removed, followed by reconstructive surgery and recovery. She candidly recounts her struggle going from the woman who routinely delivered all the seemingly right answers to her patients and her family, to the woman who quickly discovered that there were no right answers when it came to her own life-altering decisions.

Presentations Specific to Medical Audiences

Women: Hour seminars on specific areas of interest ranging form menopause, osteoporosis and cardiovascular health, Age and fertility.Male: What is andropause?General: Cardiovascular heath, obesity and obesity management, anxiety disorders and depression, the orientation of preventive medicine, Nutrition and diet, Immunization


Communication skills are often difficult to develop and achieve. Focused either on general communication skills or doctor patient communication skills, these talks are designed to identify areas of difficulty in communication skills with strategies to improve. Leaders What is leadership? Why is it important? How can you mentor leaders?


What is leadership? Why is it important? How can you mentor leaders?

Audience reviews:

  • Life in the Balance is much like the Dr. Marla we all know - frank, authoritative, and wildly informative. What surprised me was the depth of intimacy here, both from Marla and from her family. They have all been struck by this disease, and their decision to share their thoughts and reflections could not have been an easy one. But we benefit from their courage, and their heart. This is a moving, deeply personal read.

    - Co-Host, Canada AM
  • She presented pointers on how best to achieve a better balance in our busy lives.

    - Genesis Research Foundation

Speaker Biography

Since 2000, Dr. Shapiro has been the Health and Medical Expert for CANADA AM. In addition to her weekly appearances on CANADA AM, Dr. Shapiro is seen regularly on CTV News Channel and as the medical consultant on CTV National News. In 2012, she hosted CTV News Channel’s DR. MARLA & FRIENDS, a weekly series examining the most current and news-driven medical topics and stories. In addition, Dr. Shapiro has contributes topical, medical investigative documentaries for CTV’s W5, Canada’s most-watched documentary series. In 2003, she began hosting BALANCE: TELEVISION FOR LIVING WELL, a refreshing daily health and lifestyle show seen across North American households. In 2015, Dr. Shapiro was named a member of the Order of Canada, for contributions as a family physician and trusted source of health information. Dr. Shapiro has written a regular column for The Globe and Mail. She currently writes her weekly blog on the CTVNews.ca website. Dr. Shapiro is the Founding Editor of ParentsCanada Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Shapiro is a member of several committees and advisory boards including the Board for the Canadian Foundation for Women and Health, Research Canada and The North American Menopause Society. She was on the original Board of The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer having stepped down after 6 years. Dr. Shapiro was honoured at the 150th Bayer Anniversary among 22 leading scientists and researchers for her work in Women’s Health and contraception, and she was also named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by Women of Influence Magazine in Canada.  In 2011, The Israeli Cancer Research Fund honoured Dr. Shapiro at their Women of Action Luncheon for her personal and professional dedication to supporting innovative cancer research. She was the recipient of the 2010 Peter R. Newman Humanitarian Award in recognition of an exemplary commitment to the welfare of individuals or the community, at home or abroad. Dr. Shapiro was the recipient of the 2005 Media Award from the North American Menopause Society for her work in expanding the understanding of menopause. She won the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Journalism in 2006 for her documentary, Run Your Own Race. The documentary was written, presented and co-produced by Dr. Shapiro, and won numerous industry awards including the New York Film Festival and the Columbus International Film and Video award. Dr. Shapiro received an Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for her lifelong commitment and dedication to family medicine in 2008. As well she was awarded the Excellence in Creative Professional Activity in 2008 by the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Her national best-selling book, Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer, was released in Fall 2006.