Dr. Marla Shapiro


Dr. Marla 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 Community Medicine receiving her Fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is a NAMS credentialed menopause specialist.

In 2000 Dr. Shapiro became the Health and Medical Contributor for CTV’s Canada AM. In addition to her weekly appearances on Canada AM, she is seen on CTV NewsChannel and as the medical consultant on CTV’s National News. 2003 saw the exciting addition of Balance: Television for Living Well, in which Dr. Shapiro appeared as host. This year saw the launch of her new national show – Dr. Marla and Friends seen on CTV.

Dr. Shapiro currently writes a health column for Canadian Health and Living as well as her weekly blog on the CTV website. She is Editor of ParentsCanada where she also writes a regular Ask Dr. Marla column.

She is a member of several advisory boards including the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Baycrest Hospital, Research Canada, SIGMA Canadian Menopause Society and the Board of Trustees of the North American Menopause Society.

Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the 2005 Media Award from the North American Menopause Society for her work in expanding the understanding of menopause, and won the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 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, written, presented and co-produced by Dr. Shapiro, has 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 2009 by the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is the winner of the 2010 May Cohen Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. The award recognizes a commitment to the professional, social and personal advancement of women physicians and to the promotion of the well-being of women both in the medical profession and in society at large. She is 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. In 2011 she was honored as a Woman of Action by the Israeli Cancer Research Foundation.

Her book Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer, was released in Fall 2006 and is a National Bestseller.