Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg named one of Canada's most powerful women

Pediatrician's research in genetic diseases recognized by Toronto-based group    

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Grennberg and members of her team.From left to right: Amy Yakimoski, Study Nurse; Dan Catte, Research Co-ordinator; Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, Medical Director for Child Health; Heather Holden, Clinical Resource; Tanis Letandre, CK-5 nurse.
Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg and members of her team. From left to right: Amy Yakimoski, Study Nurse; Dan Catte, Research Co-ordinator; Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, Medical Director for Child Health; Heather Holden, Clinical Resource; Tanis Letandre, CK-5 nurse.

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, an expert in genetic diseases and head of the Winnipeg Health Region's Child Health program, has been named one of Canada's most powerful women by a Toronto-based women's organization.

The Winnipeg pediatrician was named to the list of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 for her groundbreaking work in the area of rare and debilitating genetic diseases, particularly the treatment of hypophosphatasia.  

The list is released annually by the Women's Executive Network and includes women with various roles, from business owners to bureaucrats, from journalists to scientists. Top 100 award winners are proven achievers who are strong contributors to their organizations, their fields of endeavour and their communities. Rockman-Greenberg was named in the Trailblazers and trendsetters category.

Arlene Wilgosh, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region, says she is pleased to see Rockman-Greenberg recognized for her work.

"I cannot think of anyone more deserving of such an award," Wilgosh said.

"Dr. Rockman-Greenberg's pioneering work here at our Children's Hospital, treating infants and children from around the world suffering from hypophosphatasia, as well as those here in Manitoba, not only saved their lives, but has given real hope and futures to scores of people who otherwise would have had to continue to bear the burden of this debilitating and almost always fatal disease.

"We are all very proud of her, her team and the work they have done."

Rockman-Greenberg, who was nominated for the award by the University of Manitoba, recognized the importance of molecular medicine early on and was the driving force behind the opening of the first lab in Winnipeg for the diagnosis of genetic disease with DNA testing two decades ago. The pediatrician is now head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine, a professor within that department, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, the Medical Director of the Child Health program for the Winnipeg Health Region, and a scientist at the Manitoba Institute for Child Health.

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