Best in Breast Care Conference: Speakers

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Dr. Alison L. Allan

Dr. Alison L. AllanDr. Alison Allan holds an Honours BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph. She is currently an Associate Professor of Oncology and Anatomy & Cell Biology at Western University, and a Senior Oncology Scientist and Assistant Director of the Pamela Greenaway Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit within the London Regional Cancer Program at the London Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Allan’s translational breast cancer research program is focused on the investigation of cellular and molecular mechanisms of metastasis; particularly the study of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and cancer stem cells (CSCs) in patients and animal models. Research in the Allan lab is investigating how CTCs and CSCs functionally contribute to metastasis, and how knowledge gained from experimental studies can be translated to the clinic to benefit patients.

Patricia Baruth

Pat Baruth is a nurse practitioner in the Breast Care Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care London. She has been practicing in this role for 20 years. Pat graduated from the University of Windsor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in 1984, and worked for six years in the Critical Care Trauma Centre of London Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria Hospital. After completing her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Western University in 1990, Pat worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Victoria Hospital on a number of inpatient surgical units. She completed her Nurse Practitioner Certificate at the University of Toronto in 1995 and began her career in the subspecialty of breast cancer at that time at Victoria Hospital, moving to St. Joseph’s Health Care London in 2011.

Dr. Ilanit Ben-Nachum

Dr. Ilanit Ben-Nachum is a breast radiologist at the Breast Care Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Born in Israel, Dr. Ben-Nachum completed her medical education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and radiology residency in Tel Aviv University, 2008. She went on to complete a two year fellowship in breast imaging and cross sectional imaging at Western University in 2009 and 2011. Dr. Ben-Nachum joined the St. Joseph’s team in 2013.

Dr. Ben-Nachum is dedicated to the education of residents, fellows and technologists to improve the quality of breast imaging, which is an important part of her role at St. Joseph’s. She is also mammography lead radiologist for the Ontario Breast Screening Program at the London X-Ray Associates community clinics, has been the Diseased Site Imaging Expert for Cancer Care Ontario since 2014, and is an assistant professor at Western University.

 Dr. Murial BrackstoneDr. Muriel Brackstone

Dr. Muriel Brackstone is a surgical oncologist and the founding Medical Director for the Breast Care Program at St. Joseph's Hospital. She obtained her medical degree at Western University in 1999, followed by a general surgery residency at Western and a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Toronto, and has been working in London since 2005.  She completed two MSc degrees and a PhD and created the London Tumour Biobank, a biospecimen repository and research platform aimed at expediting bench to bedside treatment innovation.

Dr. Brackstone initiated the Canadian locally advanced breast cancer consortium for national initiatives in advanced breast cancer treatment. She is an executive member of the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Group and Cancer Care Ontario's breast disease site team. Her research interests include clinical trials during the pre-surgical window in order to develop individualized patient-specific treatments and combination plans with radiation and immune based therapies.

Dr. Ann Chambers

Dr. Ann ChambersDr. Ann Chambers received her Bachelor of Arts in Botany and her PhD in Zoology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and did post-doctoral studies at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. She is currently Canada Research Chair and a professor in the departments of Oncology, Medical Biophysics, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Western University in London, Ontario. She is also the founding Director of the Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit, part of the London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Chambers is a pioneer in studying mechanisms of cancer metastasis and tumor dormancy. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of cancer metastasis and regulation dormancy and how this knowledge can be used for improved patient treatment, prognosis or early detection. She has collaborated with imaging experts to use novel approaches to study these processes in experimental animal models, including optical imaging, high-frequency ultrasound, micro-computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.  Dr. Chambers also studies biomarkers in tumors or patients’ blood, which can provide evidence of the prognosis of the disease as well as indications of which treatments may be effective for a given patient. She has published more than 280 peer-reviewed publications. Her work is highly cited in the scientific literature, with more than 17,000 citations.

Dr. Aaron Grant

Dr. Aaron Grant is originally from Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, and completed medical school in his home province at Memorial University. He moved to London, Ontario to complete Plastic Surgery residency training at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He then trained in Winnipeg, Manitoba, finishing a fellowship in Reconstructive Microsurgery at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Grant also completed a Plastic Surgery Oncology fellowship at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Currently Dr. Grant is assistant professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Western University. His clinical and research interests lie mainly in the study of melanoma, breast reconstruction, and surgical education.

Lyn Kligman

Lyn Kligman is a nurse practitioner at the London Regional Cancer Program where she has worked since 1991.  Lyn developed the first cancer-related lymphedema clinic in Ontario that has served as a model for other cancer clinic associated lymphedema services.  She has worked with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to develop funding policies for coverage of compression garments. 

Dr. Anat KorneckiDr. Anat Kornecki

Dr. Anat Kornecki is Medical Director, Breast Imaging, at the Breast Care Program of St. Joseph’s Health Care London.  Born in Israel, Dr. Kornecki completed her medical education and radiology residency in Tel Aviv University, 2002. She went on to complete a research fellowship at the University of Toronto in 1998, and a two-year fellowship in abdominal imaging and women's imaging in 2004, also  at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Kornecki joined the St. Joseph’s team in January 2005 and has been Medical Director, Breast Imaging, since 2009.

In July 2016, Dr. Kornecki assumed the role of Regional Breast Imaging Lead with the South West Regional Cancer Program. In this position she plays a critical role in improving the quality, safety, consistency and accessibility of cancer services for breast imaging and breast cancer screening.

Dr. Korneck is also an associate professor at Western University and a member of the Society of Breast Imaging. 

Dr. Steven LatosinksyDr. Steven Latosinsky

Dr. Steven Latosinsky is a surgical oncologist with the London Regional Cancer Program. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering Science at Western University in 1983 and his medical degree from Toronto in 1990. He completed his general surgical training at the University of Calgary in 1996 followed by a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia and an MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. Dr. Latosinsky was a surgical oncologist at the University of Manitoba for 10 years and has been at Western University since 2009, where he is currently associate professor in the Department of Surgery. His research activities are largely in health services research related to cancer, with clinical interests in surgical oncology - colorectal and breast cancer, melanoma and sarcoma (soft-tissue tumours).

Dr. Janice Owen

Dr. Janice Owen is a family physician and the Primary Care Lead for the Southwest Regional Cancer Program. She has also served as the Provincial Primary Care Lead for Cancer Care Ontario’s Diagnostic Assessment Programs. Dr. Owen also served two terms as a board member for the Ontario Health Quality Council, now known as Health Quality Ontario.

Karen PanabakerKaren Panabaker

Karen Panabaker received her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Genetics at the University of Manitoba. From there, she pursued post-graduate training at the University of British Columbia where she completed a Masters degree in Medical Genetics, and then earned a second Masters degree in Genetic Counselling at McGill University. She began her career as a genetic counsellor in Vancouver, and played a lead role in developing the BC Provincial Hereditary Cancer Program. In August 2006, Karen moved to London and is currently the senior genetic counsellor in the Medical Genetics Program at London Health Sciences Centre, and continues to provide cancer genetic counselling services.

Dr. May Lynn Quan, image courtesy of Women's College Research InstituteDr. May Lynn Quan - Keynote speaker

Dr. May Quan received her BSc in Kinesiology (co-op) from the University of Waterloo, medical degree at McMaster University and did her residency in general surgery at the University of Calgary, followed by a Breast Surgical Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.  She then returned to the University of Calgary to obtain an MSc in Epidemiology prior to moving back to Ontario in 2004 as a breast/melanoma surgeon investigator at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Departments of Surgery and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Quan returned to Calgary in 2009 were she is currently an associate professor in the Departments of Surgery and Oncology at the University of Calgary.  Her clinical focus is on breast/melanoma where she is the Medical Director of the Calgary Breast Health Program and leads the South Zone on the Alberta Provincial Tumour Team Executive and the Cancer Strategic Clinical Networks, who's responsibilities include development and dissemination of evidence based clinical practice guidelines and implementation of best practice pathways provincially.

 Dr. Quan is an active health services researcher focusing on quality and delivery of cancer care and is the current Research Director for the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, a member of the Canadian Clinical Trials Group Executive and is the founder and Scientific Director for the Calgary Breast Centre for Research and Innovation. She is the PI on grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF, Ontario, National), the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and co investigator on others from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institiute (CCSRI) and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) among others.  Her current area of research focuses on young women with breast cancer as the principal investigator of the RUBY study, which is creating a prospective Canadian cohort of young women with breast cancer from 32 sites across Canada, with an a ultimate aim of improving outcomes and quality of life in this unique population.

Dr. Doug RossDr. Doug Ross

Dr. Doug Ross is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BSc, MD). After an internship at Toronto East General Hospital, he completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Toronto. This was followed by two years of fellowship training in Toronto (Hand and Microsurgery) and Louisville, Kentucky (Hand Surgery). He has been a faculty member at Western University since 1992.  He is Chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Western University and a plastic surgeon with the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre  and the Breast Care Program, both at St. Joseph’s Hospital, part of St. Joseph's Health Care in London. He is a member of Manus Canada, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. His clinical interests include upper extremity surgery, reconstructive microsurgery and peripheral nerve surgery.  

In addition, Dr. Ross has a strong interest in surgical education. He completed a Masters of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2004. He has been a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Examination Board in Plastic Surgery from 2002-2013 and served as the Chief Examiner from 2008-2013.

 Tracey SextonDr. Tracy Sexton

Dr. Tracy Sexton is a radiation oncologist at the London Regional Cancer Program and an associate professor in the Departments of Oncology and Medical Biophysics. She received a PhD in Genetics from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and completed her residency in Radiation Oncology from Western University in 2007. She treats prostate and breast cancer as well as pediatric cancer and is the former chair of the breast multi-disciplinary team.  She is also the SouthWest Regional Lead for the Survivorship Program and co-creator of the “Pink Notes”.  In addition, Dr. Sexton has been Director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Program since 2008 and is actively involved in both resident and general practitioner education. As a breast cancer survivor, she is interested in raising awareness of breast cancer and improving the lives of breast cancer patients after treatment. She is an avid dragon boat racer and a member of Rowbust, London’s breast cancer survivor dragonboat racing team (two time world champions).  She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling the world

Last updated: Fri, 2016-10-14 12:22