Pioneer and Champion for Women's Health
Dr. Krepart is known worldwide for making significant gynecologic oncology contributions to raising the standard of care to the highest level when it comes to treating women with gynecological cancer. He was an outstanding physician, teacher, mentor, researcher and administrator whose name in this specialized field of medicine became synonymous with excellence.
“What strikes you when you read the nomination submission on Dr. Krepart, is how through his area of expertise and specialized knowledge, he impacted people’s lives in the most profound and life-altering way,” said King. “Dr. Krepart literally saved lives and the life-saving cancer surgery he pioneered was accessible to thousands of women in Manitoba and beyond.”
To appreciate the enormity of what he did to change the outcome of women’s health in Manitoba when he returned to take up his specialty in Manitoba, it is worthwhile hearing from one of his early residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Christopher Harman.
“He shone a light of hope where there had been none, advanced the roles of chemotherapy, complex surgery and combined therapy for women previously regarded as terminal, and with his enhanced understanding of their medical and personal issues, was able to bring calm and compassion to a discipline previously marked by desperation. I am not overstating his impact on the care of Manitoba women with cancer – it was revolutionary.”
“Another admirable trait of Dr. Krepart which Winnipeggers would have appreciated was his modest demeanor in not needing the limelight to shine a light on what he did,” said King. “His primary focus was on his patients, not himself. And his drive to help women survive ovarian cancer made him a pioneer in his chosen field and a role model for so many to look up to.”
It is one thing to be really good at what you do but another to share your knowledge and expertise so others can pass it on and help others. This is exactly what Dr. Krepart did to build far greater reach in his field of endeavor. He became a go to resource on the global stage.
Some highlights of his body of work and acknowledgement of it include:
- Started the first formal Royal College of Canada approved training program in Gyn-Oncology in Canada.
- Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba and medical staff at CancerCare Manitoba.
- Voluntarily served on 17 major medical committees, often in a leadership role with U of M, the U of M Senate and CancerCare Manitoba.
- Dr. Krepart served as a leader on several boards and committees of many North American medical organizations e.g. the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Felix Rutledge Society (US) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
- Wrote several national staging protocols for ovarian cancer and numerous treatises and chapters in major medical textbooks.
Made over 130 presentations on his department’s research at local, national and international conferences.
Awarded Professor of the Year, Surgeon of the Year, Staffman of the Year and in 2007, Krepart received the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists highest honour in recognition of his outstanding commitment to women’s health in Canada and abroad. Doctors Manitoba also honoured Dr. Krepart in 2012 with a Distinguished Service Award.
Based on the incredibly impressive long list of doctors and Winnipeggers who put their name down as enthusiastic supporters of Krepart’s nomination to WinnipegREALTORS® Citizens Hall of Fame, you see why Winnipeggers are so fortunate to have had this gynecologic oncologist make Winnipeg his home.