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Awards and Academic Success

Dr. Alan Neville has been appointed Associate Dean, Health Professional Education effective July 1, 2015. In his new role, Dr. Neville will oversee the Faculty’s health professional programs including medicine, midwifery, and physician assistant. He is also responsible for educational infrastructure and the development of interprofessional education.See more

Dr. Bindi Dhesy has been appointed Associate Chair, Education effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Dhesy was first appointed Department Education Coordinator in May 2012. In her capacity as DEC she has been a tireless advocate for education. She is actively involved in educational activities, mentors faculty with tenure and promotion, coordinates annual educational retreats, and has initiated a strategic plan in education for the department. See more

Dr. Timothy Whelan has been appointed Associate Chair, Research effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Whelan holds a Tier I CRC Chair in Breast Cancer Research. His leadership in key clinical trials has led to practice change on an international level. His research has always been well informed by his appreciation that every patient's priorities are different and that these priorities help drive the questions we pursue through research. As Associate Chair, Research, Tim will be refreshing and developing the Department's strategic plan for research and developing mechanisms to create an energetic environment that fosters and applies research that supports excellence in cancer care for our patients and for the health care system. See more

Denise Bryant Lukosius has been awarded the 2015 CANO Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements with a lasting legacy or impact. Denise has played many roles in support of CANO including past Board member, national education advisory committee co-chair, strategic planning committee chair, Canadian oncology nursing education project chair, and past recipient of the Helen Hudson Lecture. Denise has received international recognition for her contributions to Advanced Practice Nursing research and education, mentorship, and models of care work focusing on improving cancer patient experiences and health outcomes.

Dr. Andrew Arnold has been appointed as the Chair of the Ontario Leadership Council for the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN). 3CTN is a pan-Canadian initiative designed to improve the efficiency and quality of clinical trials in Canada, providing support to enable sites to increase their capacity and capability to conduct academic trials.

Dr. Arnold has been involved in the development of 3CTN since the original grant process three years ago and is currently the PI of the Hamilton-based 3CTN Network Cancer Centre (NCC), one of 5 Ontario 3CTN Network Cancer Centres which include the London Health Sciences Centre Research Institute, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Research Institute and the Ottawa Research Institute. The JCC and our affiliates in St Catharines and Cambridge make up the Hamilton-based NCC.

Dr. Tim Whelan's research, which examined the addition of regional nodal irradiation to whole-breast irradiation compared with whole-breast irradiation alone, is the lead article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Read more

Dr. Gregory Pond received a five year $1.5M OICR Investigator Award to continue his work on the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of clinical trials research.

Dr. Julie Arsenault’s abstract submission from the ASTRO Annual Meeting entitled “Acute Toxicity and Quality of Life of Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer” was selected by the Best of ASTRO Program Committee and will be discussed at the 2015 Best of ASTRO meeting in San Diego on November 13-14, 2015.

Teaching Awards

Dr. Bindi Dhesy, was awarded Outstanding Clinical Teacher of the Year in Medical Oncology. Dr. Raimond Wong, was awarded Outstanding Clinical Teacher of the Year in Radiation Oncology

Both were presented with their awards at this year's Annual Meeting held on June 19th at the Ancaster Mill. On hand were Oren Levine and Lacey Pitre (Chief Residents, Medical Oncolgy) who presented Bindi with her award, and Kara Schnarr (Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology) for Raimond Wong.

Faculty Appointments


Dr. Jeffrey Greenspoon has been reappointed as Assistant Professor. Dr. Greenspoon joined the Department of Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology as full time faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in July 2013. He completed his residency and fellowship training in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University. He earned his MSc at McMaster University in Health Research Methodology. He has been reappointed for an additional three years effective July 1, 2016.


Dr. Tom Corbett has been promoted to Associate Clinical Professor effective July 1, 2016. He joined the Department of Medicine in September 1993 as an Assistant Clinical Professor and staff radiation oncologist. He then transferred to the newly established Department of Oncology at the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC) in July 2006. Dr. Corbett has been awarded with three Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards over the past five years.

Dr. Rosalyn Juergens has been promoted to Associate Professor with CAWAR effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Juergens joined the Department of Oncology from Johns Hopkins University in January 2010. She completed her PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012.

Dr. Anand Swaminath has been promoted to Associate Professor with CAWAR effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Swaminath completed his residency training in radiation oncology at McMaster University. He went on to complete a two-year Clinical Research Fellowship in high precision, Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT), and Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) at the Princess of Margaret Hospital. He accepted a full time faculty appointment in the Department of Oncology in April 2011.

Worth Mentioning

The Department of Oncology Fellowship Progam has recently established new offices dedicated to our fellows, located on the 1st floor of the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, 60 (G) Wing, Room 131A. We welcome four new fellows to our program, Dr. Aziz Alfarsi, Dr. Naghmeh Isfahanian, Dr. Oren Levine, and Dr. Emad Tashkandi. For more information on our Fellowship Program and a complete listing of our fellows please see Fellowship Program



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