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Joanna Cain

Board Member

Joanna Cain, MD is a Northwest native and trained as a gynecologic oncologist (the first woman fellow in that discipline at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/ Cornell). She is a retired Professor, Department Chair, and still consulting with the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization on cervical cancer and women’s health. She has a wealth of experience from her health system leadership, management, medical research, and career development background. She and her husband, Norman Turrill have 2 children, both of whom work in the Portland area. She volunteers on the Friday Night Lecture Series committee and the Programs Committee—and wherever else needed. She is a weaver and knitter, and painter in her spare time.

If you could pick only one place in the Nordic countries to visit, where would it be?

Very Hard! Maybe Naestved, Denmark (my Grandfather, Viggo’s home) or Moss Norway where my Grandmother’s house still stands…but if the Hurtigruten counts as a “place”, then my final answer is the Hurtigruten up the coast of Norway.

What is your favorite Nordic Holiday?

Syttende Mai (17th of May), because I am reminded of my Grandmother, Josephine, and all her friends marching in the parades in Ballard in their beautiful bunads. It is ALSO our wedding anniversary.