Deborah Maskens, is a kidney cancer patient and patient advocate. Her current roles include Vice-Chair of the International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC). Along with another patient, she Co-Founded Kidney Cancer Canada and played an active role for 10 years. During this time she focused on advocacy, health technology assessment, and patient navigation.
Deb is currently a Patient Advocate on the NCI Renal Task Force. She is a also a Patient Panel member of the HTAi Patient and Citizen Involvement group (HTAi.org) and Co-Lead of the CanCertainty Coalition campaign of 35 cancer organizations advocating for health policy change across Canada (CanCertainty.ca).
In 2016, Deb was awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal, Canada’s highest award for her dedication and professionalism in patient advocacy and volunteer service.
Deb is a frequent speaker at national and international cancer meetings where she provides the patient voice perspective, along with sound advocacy knowledge and experience.