FEATURE: Getting to Know Annick Desjardins
Some people fall into their life’s work by serendipity or happenstance. Annick Desjardins, MD, FRCPC, is not one of those people.
As a child growing up in Quebec, Desjardins sold daffodils with her father and sister, to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. In her kindergarten self-portrait, she drew herself in a lab coat, with a stethoscope. For a middle school research project on cancer, she brought in breast and testicle models (borrowed from the Cancer Society), to teach her classmates about self-exams.
“It was a calling,” she says.
Today, Desjardins is a neuro-oncologist in the Duke Department of Neurosurgery. In her career, she’s not only seen big changes in brain tumor treatments, she’s been at the center of them.