MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: May 28, 2013

Retirement Open House for innovative CMH Physician, Dr. James Gowing
Cambridge, Ontario – Dr. James Gowing is retiring today after 46 years as a
hematologist, oncologist and researcher. During his tenure at Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH), he made major contributions to cancer care and the medical community. “Many people identify him with the Medical Day Clinic at Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH), where he treated the majority of his patients. His contributions to CMH have changed the way cancer patients are treated in the region and for that we are grateful,” says Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO. Born and raised in Preston, Dr. Gowing always felt a strong connection to the community. It is only natural that he made such an impact to many here in Cambridge. Having treated over 25,000 patients for cancer and blood diseases, rare diseases have always held a fascination with Dr. Gowing. He has diagnosed over 20 rare cases during his career, including the famous ‘Viagra Kid,’ Wesley Price. Price’s pulmonary arterial hypertension was treated with Viagra. On Dr. Gowing’s instructions: “Wesley was the first person whose symptoms were treated with this drug in North America and second in the world.” Although he will let his license expire on June 1, 2013, Dr. Gowing will continue to write articles, research rare diseases and teach after his retirement. “It is always important that we ask the right questions when it comes to diagnosing patients. The answer is always changing and evolving. We just have to find the truth in what is out there now, and know this will eventually change as new discoveries are made,” says Dr. Gowing. Media and the public are invited to attend an open house, celebrating Dr. Gowing’s many years of service to CMH and the community. Date: Time: Location: Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. Cambridge Memorial Hospital, 700 Coronation Blvd. C Wing, Level 2, Medical Day Clinic

About Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Cambridge Memorial Hospital traces its roots to 1888, when the region’s first community hospital, known as Galt Hospital, opened its doors to treat patients in a localized health care setting. As local boundaries changed and communities merged, the hospital adopted the new name of Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Today,

Cambridge Memorial Hospital has over 1,100 dedicated and skilled health care professionals, technicians and staff, 280 physicians and 400 volunteers who provide exceptional care to the residents of Cambridge, the township of North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, visit www.cmh.org.

- 30 For media inquiries and interviews, contact: Kayleigh Klajnscek Communications Intern Public Affairs and Communications Cambridge Memorial Hospital 519-621-2333, ext. 2409 kklajnscek@cmh.org

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