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Laura Mitchell, RN, MN, CON(C)

Laura works in the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has co-led the development of the AYA Program at Princess Margaret with Dr. Gupta. Laura is also an adjunct lecturer with Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She is the co-author of many oral and written publications addressing AYA oncology needs.

Laura is involved in AYA-related initiatives both nationally and internationally. She has 10 years of previous nursing experience in medical/radiation oncology and symptom management and palliative care.

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Abha Gupta, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Abha Gupta received her MD at the University of Toronto. She completed her pediatrics residency at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (New Haven, CT) and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) before moving back to Toronto to complete her fellowship in paediatric hematology/oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children. To complement her training, Dr. Gupta completed a one-year fellowship in Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Oncology focusing on sarcoma. She is currently cross-appointed as a staff oncologist at The Hospital for Sick Children and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Dr. Gupta is the Medical Director of the AYA Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her team works to create infrastructure for consistent, high quality delivery of information and services to young people with cancer.
At SickKids, along with pediatric urologist, Dr. Armando Lorenzo, she is Co-Medical Director of the Fertility Preservation Program. The program aims to provide consistent, high quality delivery of information regarding fertility preservation for children and adolescents with cancer.

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Sahar Nourouzpour

Sahar is currently completing her MSc in Health Sciences with a specific focus in Epidemiology.
Sahar works in the Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Supportive Care Clinic as the Program Coordinator. She has considerable experience working in young adult programs, and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have surrounding the AYA program.

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Lesley Chalklin, BComm, MSc

Lesley Chalklin is a Project Manager for the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Lesley manages projects across the department. She also provides business expertise to:

  • Adolescent & Young Adult Program
  • Older Adults with Cancer Clinic
  • Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC)
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Robin Forbes, BA, BSW, MSW

Robin Forbes is the Practice Lead for Social Work at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She earned her Master of Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from Carleton University. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Robin's primary areas of focus at Princess Margaret are women with breast cancer and adults with mesothelioma. She has a background in Emergency Department and Neurosurgery and Trauma, as well as tertiary care settings such as Brain Injury Rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. At Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Robin sits on the Adolescent Young Adult Steering Committee, the Department of Supportive Care executive, and is the Social Work representative for the Professional Advisory Council of the University Health Network.

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Chana Korenblum, MD

Dr. Chana Korenblum is a physician specializing in personalized psychosocial support for adolescents and young adults across all phases of the cancer trajectory. Chana earned her BSc and MD at the University of Toronto, and completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at SickKids. She then completed a second fellowship in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Psychosocial Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

She is cross-appointed as a staff physician at Princess Margaret and SickKids. She is also involved in research and is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

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Kim Edelstein, PhD

Dr. Edelstein received her PhD from the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology at Concordia University in Montreal. She completed post-doctoral research fellowships and training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital.
She is a clinical neuropsychologist and scientist in the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her research program focuses on the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on cognitive functions in adolescents and young adults, in adult survivors of childhood cancers, and in adults with brain tumours.

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Ahmed al-Awamer, MD, MHSc, CCFP(PC), FCFP

Dr. al-Awamer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a staff palliative care physician and educator at the Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. After completing his medical degree from King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, and palliative medicine residency training from the University of Toronto, Dr. al-Awamer obtained a Master of Health Science (MHSc) degree in bioethics from the University of Toronto. In his various roles, Dr. al-Awamer is the Co-Director for the Clinical Palliative Care Fellowship program in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. al-Awamer is also the Education Lead in the division of Palliative Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, having published and delivered conference papers nationally and internationally on the subject of palliative care and ethics. Dr. al-Awamer's research interests are in education, adolescent and young adult (AYA) palliative care, end-of-life Islamic ethics, and global palliative care promotion.

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Dr. Pamela Mosher, BSc, MDiv, MD

Dr. Mosher is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and received her education at Duke University (BSc), Harvard University (MDiv), and Stanford University School of Medicine (MD). She undertook combined residency training in pediatrics, adult psychiatry and a child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Brown University's Triple Board Program.

She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where she specializes in adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer.

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Dr. Norma D'Agostino, PhD

Dr. D'Agostino received her PhD from the Applied Developmental Psychology Program at the University of the Toronto. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and training in clinical health psychology at the Hospital for Sick Children.
She is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her clinical work and research focuses primarily on the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on psychosocial functioning and quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer. She has also worked extensively with adolescents and young adults at the Princess Margaret, nationally through Young Adult Cancer Canada, and internationally through her collaborations with CanTeen Australia.

Last reviewed: 8/7/2019
Last modified: 8/8/2019 1:07 PM