Chairs

Cheryl Ho, MD, FRCP(C)

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UBC
Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

Cheryl Ho is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia a medical oncologist at BC Cancer.

She is currently the provincial systemic chair for head and neck malignancies.

She completed medical school and internal medicine training at the University of Western Ontario.

She is a graduate of the BC Cancer Agency Medical Oncology program and completed a fellowship in Thoracic Oncology at University of California, Davis.

Her current practice focuses on the treatment of thoracic and head and neck malignancies.

Barbara Melosky, MD, FRCP(C)

Professor of Medicine, UBC
Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Melosky is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a Medical Oncologist in Vancouver at BC Cancer. She graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba and did a residency in internal medicine and an oncology fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Melosky specializes in the field of thoracic malignancy. She sits on the Executive Lung Site Committee for CCTG Canadian Clinical Trials Group.

Her main focus of clinical trials is on EGFR inhibitors; she is published in this area and is considered a national and international expert. Dr. Melosky has chaired the Canadian Lung Cancer Conference for the last 12 years, which is attended by over 350 participants. She chairs and organized the multi-disciplinary Lung Cancer Journal Club three times yearly. She is chair and created the British Columbia Lung Cancer Biobank.

She is also the chairperson of the Colorectal Screening Program of British Columbia and has a special interest in EGFR receptors and management of side effects.

Randeep Sangha, MD, FRCPC

Medical Oncologist, Cross Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

Dr. Sangha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta and Medical Oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB. He is the Provincial Lead for the Alberta Lung Cancer Program.

Dr. Sangha received his medical degree at the University of Alberta and subsequently specialized in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He completed two years of post-fellowship training in thoracic oncology at the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

His academic, clinical, and educational activities revolve around thoracic and hematological malignancies. He is also experienced in Investigational New Drug (Phase I) development and is actively involved in the Phase I clinical trials program at the Cross Cancer Institute.

Faculty

Penelope Bradbury, MB, BCh, FRACP, MD (UK)

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Queen’s University
Medical oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Toronto, ON

Penelope Bradbury is a staff medical oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Oncology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. She has a research interest in the evaluation of new therapies for the management of thoracic malignancies and clinical trial methodology and is the current chair of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group Thoracic Disease Site Committee.

Dr Chasen was the Regional Palliative care physician lead for Palliative Care- Champlain LHIN from 2009-2015 and is presently the Medical co-lead for the Palliative Care Network in the Central West LHIN.

Martin Robert Chasen, MBChB, FCP(SA), MPhil(Pall Med)

Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa
Medical Director, Palliative Care,
William Osler Health System
Medical Director, Palliative Rehabilitation, Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital
Brampton, ON

Dr. Martin Chasen is currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care, at William Osler Health System in Brampton. He was previously Medical Director, Palliative Care, at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Palliative Rehabilitation Program at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital, Ottawa.

Dr. Chasen, born in Pretoria, South Africa completed his undergraduate training in medicine and surgery at the University of Pretoria in 1983, later obtaining a specialist degree in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Master of Philosophy (Palliative Medicine) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member of the palliative care working group European Society of Medical Oncology and faculty member of ESMO education. In 2009, Dr. Chasen, was Team Leader and Physician, Cancer Nutrition & Rehabilitation Program at McGill University Hospital Complex obtained “Supra regionale de niveau 3” status for the PQCCC.  In 2013, Dr. Chasen and the team at Ottawa Hospital cancer centre achieved ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative care.

He currently holds professorships at the Universities of Toronto, McMaster, Ottawa and McGill. He recently received the Elizabeth J Latimer Prize in Palliative Care from Mc Master University.

He has in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Chasen is the principle investigator of CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). This MENAC (The Multimodal Exercise/Nutrition/Anti-inflammatory treatment for Cachexia), trial will investigate the addition of the multimodal intervention for patients receiving standard chemotherapy for metastatic cancer. He was also one of the chief investigators for the initial clinical trials on the use of Rolapitant-a novel NKI inhibitor in the treatment of chemo therapy induced nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Chasen has lectured nationally and internationally on rehabilitation of patients with cancer, approaches to treatment of patients with cachexia, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, survivorship and symptom relief.

Dr Chasen was the Regional Palliative care physician lead for Palliative Care- Champlain LHIN from 2009-2015 and is presently the Medical co-lead for the Palliative Care Network in the Central West LHIN.

Kyle Grant, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Clinical Instructor, Division of Thoracic Surgery
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Kyle Grant is a Thoracic Surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital.  He completed his medical school training and General Surgery residency at the University of Manitoba.  He subsequently completed his Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of British Columbia and also holds a Masters Degree from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.  His interests are Thoracic Oncology and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery.

Stephen Lam, MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, Respiratory Division, UBC
Chair, Lung Tumour Group, BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Lam is Professor of Medicine at UBC in the Respiratory Division. He is currently Chair of the Lung Tumour Group and directs the MDS-Rix Early Lung Cancer Detection and Translational Research Program at  BC Cancer . He is a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Integrative Oncology at the BC Cancer Research Centre. Dr. Lam’s research interest is in early detection, chemo prevention, endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. He was the recipient of the Joseph Cullen Award for life – time scientific achievements in lung cancer prevention research by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the UBC Killam Award.

Leslie Markin, RN

Interventional Respirologist, BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

Leslie Markin is a Clinical Trials Nurse Coordinator for the Lung Tumor Group at BC Cancer in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from University of Alberta Hospital School of Nursing and previously worked in ER and Ambulatory Care Chemotherapy Unit.

Renelle Myers MD, FRCPC

Clinical Trials Nurse Coordinator, BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

Renelle Myers is an interventional respirologist at BCCA.  She completed internal medicine and respirology training at the University of Manitoba and Interventional Pulmonary training at Beth Deaconess Center, Harvard University.  She is also cross appointed between respirology and thoracic surgery at Vancouver general hospital.

She is a member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer tobacco cessation network and the program lead for the implementation of smoking cessation at BCCA.  

Devin Schellenberg, MD, FRCS(C)

Clinical Instructor, Radiation Oncologist
Department of Radiation Oncology
BC Cancer , Abbotsford Centre & Fraser Valley Centre
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Devin Schellenberg is a radiation oncologist practicing in the Fraser Valley and Abbotsford Cancer Centres. He is currently the head of the Clinical Trials Unit at the Abbotsford Cancer Centre and is one of the leaders in the British Columbia stereotactic radiation working group.

His radiation oncology residency was carried out at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and the BC Cancer Agency, after which he completed a fellowship in stereotactic body radiation therapy at Stanford University in 2007.

His present research is focused on the use of novel imaging modalities in radiation therapy.

Frances A. Shepherd, OC, OOnt, MD, FRCPC, LLD (Hon)

Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Senior Staff Physician
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Toronto, ON

Dr. Shepherd received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is currently a Senior Staff Physician at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, where she holds the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research. She is a Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and served as the University Division Director for Medical Oncology from 1997 to 2003.

Dr. Shepherd has been recognised for her many contributions in the field of lung cancer research, most notably her long-standing international leadership in the development of innovative therapies for this indication. In 2001, she was named the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research, becoming the first holder of this esteemed research position with a primary goal of investigating new treatments for lung cancer. Dr Shepherd served as Chair of the Lung Cancer Committee of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group for 19 years and was President of International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) from 2003 to 2005. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). She Chaired the EORTC Protocol Review Committee for 10 years until 2018. Dr Shepherd also served as Chair of the ASCO Membership and Publications Committees. She was the recipient of the Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Foundation for Cancer Research Award from Israel in 2004; the National Cancer Institute of Canada O. Harold Warwick Award for Research Excellence in 2006; the IASLC Research Award in 2007; the Ontario Premier’s Summit Award for Research in 2009; and a Boehringer-Ingelheim Innovation Award in 2010. In recognition of her contributions to cancer research and treatment, she received the Order of Ontario in 2007. In 2012, she won the British Thoracic Oncology Group International Award for Contributions to Lung Cancer Research, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Whiteman Award and Visiting Professorship and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and a Giants of Cancer Care Award for Lung Cancer in 2016. In 2015, she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and most recently in 2018, she won a Gairdner-Wightman award.

John Yee, MD, FRCS(C)

Assistant Professor- Division of Thoracic Surgery, UBC
Director- Lung Transplant Program, VGH
Vancouver, BC

Dr. John Yee is an Assistant Professor-Division of Thoracic Surgery, UBC and Director- Lung Transplant Program, VGH.

Dr. Yee is a designate of the Chair of the UBC Department of Surgery for the Surgical Oncology Network Council Executive.

Kelly Zibrik, MScN, RN

Coordinator, Lung Tumor Group
BC Cancer
Vancouver, BC

Kelly Zibrik received her Bachelor in Science in Nursing degree from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and a Masters degree in Nursing from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2009. She has worked at  BC Cancer  since 2004 in various clinical nursing roles and is currently working as a nurse triage coordinator with the lung tumor group at the Vancouver Centre.