Dr. Stacey Marjerrison is an Assistant Clinical Professor in theDivision of Hematology and Oncologyin the Department of Pediatrics, having joined in 2013.Her primary clinical practice involves caring for children with cancer in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She also serves as the Medical Director for the Pediatric Oncology AfterCare program, which provides care to all survivors of childhood cancer throughout their lifetimes.
Dr. Marjerrison pursued both undergraduate Kinesiology studies and her Medical Degree at McMaster. She then undertook Pediatric Residency training at Dalhousie, where she was Chief Resident from 2008-09. Her Fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children followed. During this time, she also completed a two-year Global Health Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research with the University’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.
As a researcher, Dr. Marjerrison’s primary area of interest is supportive care for children with cancer, particularly focused on the interaction between socio-demographic determinants of health and malignancy. As applied to survivors of childhood cancer, this includes evaluating risk-taking behaviours among childhood cancer survivors, and using this information to build care programs that encourage survivors to engage in healthy active lifestyles. More broadly, she focuses on provision of care for marginalized populations, including Indigenous children in Canada and for all children in resource-poor countries. Tying this together, she chairs an International SIOP working group examining safe and effective integration of Traditional and complementary medicines with conventional cancer care globally.
A comprehensive list of her publications is available on ResearchGate.
Education & Advocacy
From an educational perspective, Dr. Marjerrison’s focus is on teaching non-medical expert skills – most particularly, difficult communication. She is the lead for the resident longitudinal CanMEDS curriculum, and co-coordinates an annual difficult communication practical skills session. She is also the McMaster site lead for the Education in Pediatric Palliative Care multi-disciplinary outreach program. Dr. Marjerrison is a strong proponent of research advocacy as a knowledge translation tool, and works to impart this to her undergraduate, Masters level and resident research students.