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.
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.
Chanel works in the Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program as an Assistant and Program Coordinator. She has been with the AYA Program since it was introduced. Chanel handles all new patient referrals. She is the friendly voice that will greet you when you call.
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)
Seline Tam, BMSc, BScN, RN
Seline Tam is a Research Analyst and Project Coordinator who has helped pioneer the Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Program since it began in 2014. Seline studied Medical Sciences at Western University, where she created an internship opportunity and became involved with this program. Since then, she has assisted and led several AYA research studies, co-authoring publications and presenting at national conferences. Seline received a BScN from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Seline is involved with organizing AYA events, managing social media and the program website, as well as creating patient engagement initiatives. She hopes to continue to help the program grow and reach out to those in need.
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.
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.
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.
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.