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Taymaa May Barry Rosen Joan Murphy Stephane Laframboise Jason Dodge Sarah Ferguson Al Covens Lilian Gien Rachel Kupets Danielle Vicus Marcus Bernardini


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Dr. Marcus Bernardini

 
Dr. Bernardini is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.  He completed a residency program in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.  During this time Dr. Bernardini also obtained a Masters of Science degree through the Clinical Investigator Program.  His thesis involved looking at DNA differences between Ovarian Cancer cells that were resistant and sensitive to chemotherapy. 

Dr. Bernardini completed his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology in 2008.  Fellowship training was through the University of Toronto but also included training at Duke University Medical Center.  During his time at Duke, Dr. Bernardini continued his work to characterize ovarian cancer cells by establishing a gene signature for p53 mutations. 

Dr. Bernardini’s clinical interests include surgical management of advanced epithelial ovarian cancer, as well as minimally invasive techniques in gynecologic oncology.   He is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.   His research focus is on the molecular characterization and behavior of ovarian cancer and its precursors. 

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Dr. Terence J. Colgan

 
Dr. Colgan is Head of the Sections of Gynecological and Cyto-Pathology at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. His primary interests are in gynecologic pathology and cytopathology. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of American Cancer Society’s Cancer (Cytopathology) and as Pathology Committee Chair of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. He is the incoming Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the College of American Pathologists and a Section Editor of the College’s Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is also a “Co-Chair” for the ASCCP Pathology Committee. His primary research areas are in the screening and diagnosis of gynecologic malignancies. Both the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research provide have provided support for his collaborative research in biomarker discovery in endometrial and head neck cancers, and in fallopian tube carcinogenesis. †

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Dr. Al Covens,
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Dr. Covens is the head of Gynecologic Oncology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. He is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto, and the director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Covens obtained his medical degree with honors from the University of Toronto in 1983. He attended the University of Western Ontario for residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the University of Toronto/McMaster University for a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, which was completed in 1990.

He is the author/coauthor of over 65 peer reviewed publications, and the recipient of 30 scholarships and awards, including the University of Toronto Chairís Award for Sustained Excellence in Research. He has been successful in obtaining over 25 peer-reviewed grants. He has presented over 100 abstracts at scientific meetings, and given over 130 invited lectures around the world. He has served as a visiting professor over 15 times around the world at various academic universities. He has participated in 3 textbooks in Gynecologic Oncology, and is presently editing a DVD/book on laparoscopy in Gynecologic Oncology.

He chairs the Gynecologic Oncology Nucleus Committee for the RCPSC and co-chairs the Rare Tumour Committee for the GOG. He sits on both the ovarian and gestational trophoblastic committees for the GOG, the exam committee in Gynecologic Oncology for the RCPSC, the executive committee for the Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada, and the Gynecologic Disease Site Group for CCO.

He is on the Editorial board for Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, and Current Womenís Health Reviews, and reviews articles for the Lancet, International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Canadian Journal of Surgery, and The Oncologist.

His main interests and expertise include innovative surgical approaches including laparoscopic surgery, sentinel lymph nodes, and fertility sparing surgery in Gynecologic Oncology, and Clinical research. ††

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Dr. Jason Dodge

 
Year Completed Gyn Onc Fellowship: 2004

Medical School Program:
University of Western Ontario, Canada (completed 1996)

Residency (OB/GYN) Program:
University of Toronto, Canada (completed 2001)

Other Degrees:
Honours Genetics (completed 1991), Masters of Education

Current Practice Location:
University Health Network/Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of OB/GYN, University of Toronto

Academic Interests: Continuing medical/surgical education; Minimally invasive surgery

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Dr. Sarah Ferguson

 
Dr. Sarah Ferguson is a practicing gynecologic oncologist and member of the Princess Margaret Cancer Program with a joint position in the UHN/MSH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the UHN Department of Surgical Oncology. She completed a four year fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2006. She has made contributions to the area of molecular predictors of outcome in early stage endometrial cancer and has research interest in Lynch Syndrome-associated endometrial cancer and new imaging technologies and surgical techniques to identify metastatic disease in women with gynecologic cancers. Her other clinical and research interests are the late effects of gynecologic cancer treatment on women, including sexuality and body image. She is the Assistant Medical Director of Princess Margaret Hospital Survivorship Program for women with gynecologic cancer.

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Dr. Lilian Gien

 
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Dr. Rachel Kupets

 
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Dr. Stephane Laframboise 

 
Dr. Stephane Laframboise was born in Ottawa where she completed her BSc and MSc in Kinanthropology. She then pursued her medical school in Toronto (1990) and her Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at the University of Toronto (1995). She then went on to complete a 2-year fellowship In Montreal at the Univeriste de Montreal (1995). She has been on staff at PMH/University Health Network since October 1997 as an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto and Gynecologic Oncologist in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, with consultant staff at Mount Sinai Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children. She is involved in teaching medical students residents and fellows. Her clinical activities include colposcopy, surgery and chemotherapy. She is co-director of the gynecology oncology fellowship program, and site leader for gynecology oncology at PMH.

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Dr. Taymaa May

 
Dr. Taymaa May received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and went on to complete post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. During her residency, Dr. May completed the Clinician Investigator Program and received a Master’s of Science degree from the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Following residency, Dr. Taymaa May completed a 3-year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. 

Dr. Taymaa May is a surgical scientist at the University Health Network and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. May has clinical training in the medical management of women with gynecological malignancies and surgical training in complex oncologic surgeries including pelvic, abdominal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Her research interests are in translational science and clinical trials in the field of ovarian cancer

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Dr. Joan Murphy

 
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

J. Douglas Crashley Chair in Gynecologic Cancer Research

Dr. Murphy graduated with her MD from the University of Calgary, did her residency in Ob/Gyn at UBC then sub-specialty training in Gynecologic Oncology at UBC and McMaster University. She was on faculty at UBC and McMaster and since 1988 has been at University Health Network and University of Toronto, currently as Associate Professor.

Among her major professional interests is cervical cancer screening and prevention including integration of innovative technologies such as HPV testing and immunization into optimal screening and prevention strategies. In July 2011 Dr. Murphy was named Clinical Lead of the Cancer Care Ontario Cervical Screening Program having served since 2010 in a voluntary capacity as Chair of the Cervical Screening Program Clinical Advisory Committee.

Ovarian cancer including risk reduction among high risk women has also been a major research and clinical and research focus.

Dr. Murphy was awarded the J. Douglas Crashley Chair in Gynecologic Cancer Research in 2008. She co-chaired the Toronto Ovarian Cancer Research Network throughout its existence and has sat on the Board of the National Ovarian Cancer Association, now Ovarian Cancer Canada, and the Genesis Research Foundation. From 1995 to 2008 she was Chief of the UHN Division of Gynecologic Oncology, is Past President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada and chairs the GOC Task Force on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control. She was formerly program director of the then combined The University of Toronto and McMaster University Sub-specialty Residency in Gynecologic Oncology and has had a career-long commitment to clinical teaching.

Dr. Murphy has also made a major career commitment to fundraising for gynecologic cancer research.

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Dr. Amit M. Oza

 
Dr. Amit Oza is a Senior Staff Physician and Professor of Medicine at Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto; Co-Director, Bras Family Drug Development Program and Director, Cancer Clinical Research Unit. He is a Scientist with the Ontario Cancer Institute and cross appointed to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He graduated from St. Bartholomew's Hospital, University of London (UK), in 1983 and completed his internal medicine and medical oncology training in UK. He completed Clinical Research Fellowships at St. Bartholomew's Hospital/Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London (UK), Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto and at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. His postgraduate research thesis was on Molecular Epidemiology of Hodgkin's Disease. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Canada.

Dr. Oza has been the principal investigator and co-investigator in phase I, II, and III trials for gynecological cancer and advanced colorectal malignancies. His research interests are focused towards the development, assessment and validation of novel therapeutic strategies for cancer including molecular targeted therapies. Many of these studies also incorporate novel endpoints and translational research which is developed in close relationship with scientists and pathologists from the OCI/PMH.

Dr. Oza has been the recipient of various awards such as the University of Toronto Award for Teaching Excellence for the Medical Oncology Training Program, the Hasselback Award for Teaching Excellence from Princess Margaret Hospital and many others. He has also been principal and co-author of numerous publications in major peer reviewed journals such as Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, Investigational New Drugs and Clinical Cancer Research.

He is currently Medical Director of the Clinical Cancer Research Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital and Co-Director of the Robert and Maggie Bras and Family Drug Development Program at Princess Margaret Hospital. This is the largest new drug development program in Canada and the only center outside the US to have a contract with the NIH for Early Phase Therapeutic studies. He is also Co-Chair of the Gynecology Site Committee of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and represents NCIC CTG at the Gynecologic Cancer Inter Group.

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Dr. Barry Rosen

 
Dr Barry Rosen is Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He is Head of Gynecologic Oncology at both the University Health Network/ Princess Margaret Hospital and The University of Toronto. His clinical practice is in gynecology oncology at The University Health Network and his areas of research include hereditary ovarian cancer, screening for ovarian cancer and development of clinical and research databases. He is a past President of The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada and he is on the executive of NCIC gynecology site group. He has recently travelled to Africa to work in the area of cervical cancer in Western Kenya as part of a collaboration including The University of Toronto and Indiana University and Moi University. In this capacity he is working with Kenyan doctors to develop screening and treatment strategies for women with cervix cancer.

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Dr. Danielle Vicus


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