Gloria Roldan Urgoiti

Gloria Roldan Urgoiti, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Oncology

Full Member

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.521.3688

Admin Assistant

Larissa Mazur

Office: 403.521.3688


Educational Background

Doctor of Medicine , Univ. of the Republic Uruguay, 1999

Specialist in Medical Oncology , Univ. of the Republic Uruguay, 2004

Masters in Biomedical Research Univ. of the Republic Uruguay, 2005

Neuro-Oncologist University of Calgary, 2011

FRCPC Internal Medicine, University of Calgary, 2014

FRCPC Medical Oncology, University of Calgary, 2016


  • Medical School – University of the Republic, Uruguay.
  • Masters in Biomedical Research – University of the Republic, Uruguay.
  • Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology Residency – University of Calgary.
  • Clinical and Research Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology – Department of Neurosciences, University of Calgary.
  • Fellowship in Translational Research – Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary.

Dr. Gloria Roldan Urgoiti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary, and is part of the Breast Cancer and Brain Tumors Site Groups. During her training in Medical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology, she became interested in clinical research, particularly in clinical trials design including a translational component and protection of human subjects & ethics. Currently, she participates in the design and implementation of clinical trials with special interest in enhancement of immune response to improve outcomes in patients with Glioblastoma, and she is a member of the Provincial Cancer Care Clinical Ethics Committee and the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta.

Dr. Roldan Urgoiti joined the Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program and the Creating Health Equity in Cancer Screening group (CHECS) with the aim to help mitigate cultural barriers to cancer screening. She enjoys teaching to residents and fellows that rotate through her clinics as well as in the Medical Oncology Residents’ clinic where she has the opportunity to mentor future specialists. Since 2019, she is the Program Director of the General Practitioners in Oncology Focused Training Program aiming to improve the care near home of patients living in distant communities all over Alberta.


Areas of Research

Area of Focus
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Breast Cancer
Summary of Research

As a Medical Oncologist I am part of the Central Nervous System and Breast Cancer Tumor Site Groups. Initial research related to rare primary brain tumors including population based analysis to evaluate outcomes and prognostic factors at Provincial level. My current interest is the development of clinical trials based on preclinical data generated at the University of Calgary that needs to be tested for feasibility, tolerance and efficacy in patients with glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive forms of cancer in humans. In relation to breast cancer, I participate in the design and development of protocols involving translational research looking for new target therapies specially in patients with triple negative breast cancer. Additionally, cultural differencies in breast health and medical professionalism are areas I am interested in.