Cape Breton University is honoured and delighted to recognize the compassion, expertise and commitment of Anne Frances D’Intino.
Anne Frances D’Intino was born and raised in Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Dalhousie University and recently received a Master of Science degree in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University in Wales.
After graduating with her medical degree, Dr. D’Intino returned to Cape Breton and began her family medical practice, which included work as an emergency room physician. Her background in family practice exposed her to the complex needs of palliative patients and their families and caregivers, particularly at end-of-life. Their need for improved holistic care and support at this difficult time encouraged her to pursue further education and training in palliative medicine. She is the vice-chair of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.
Dr. D’Intino is a certificant and fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She holds adjunct professor status at Cape Breton University and is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine and Family Medicine at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. She has completed a certificate in Health Systems in a Global Context through Dalhousie University and her interest in global health issues has led her to volunteer in primary healthcare delivery in Cameroun, Honduras and most recently in Uganda and Rwanda, where she was involved in palliative care education and delivery. Her interest in caregiving in the palliative care context has led her to conduct independent research in this field. She has also collaborated with Cape Breton University faculty and with the Network for End of Life Studies at Dalhousie University in similar research.
In addition to her enormous commitment to her patients, Dr. D’Intino is deeply involved in the Cape Breton Community. She is a long-serving member of the board of Talbot House, an addiction recovery and rehabilitation facility for men. She is also active in her church community both locally and at the diocesan level. Throughout Dr. D’Intino’s decades of service, she has remained humble and believes what she does is all just part of her job.
Dr. D’Intino lives in Sydney, NS. She is married to D.A. Landry and they have three children, Pierre Joseph, 24, Nicholas, 22 and Carmen, 18.
Cape Breton University conferred the degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, on a woman who has touched the lives of so many with her knowledge, special gifts and genuine and deep commitment to community, Anne Frances D’Intino.