Keynote Speakers

Ghassan Abou Alfa MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Professor, Weill Cornell College at Cornell University
Trustee, American University of Beirut

Ghassan Abou-Alfa is an Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical School at Cornell University. Professor Abou-Alfa specializes in in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies and in particular, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), intrahepatic and extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (IHC), gallbladder cancer (GB), and fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC). Professor Abou-Alfa is the immediate previous Chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Hepatobiliary Task Force and member of the NCI AIDS Malignancy Consortium Steering Committee. Professor Abou-Alfa is a member of the International Affairs Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); and is the President for the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology (ISGIO). Professor Abou-Alfa majored in biology, earned his medical degree, and now serves as a trustee on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater the American University in Beirut (AUB). Professor Abou-Alfa completed his postdoctoral training in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology at Yale University, and received his MBA from Columbia University.

Yelena Janjigian MD
Chief, Associate Professor and
Chief of Gastrointestinal Oncology Service,
Department of Medicine,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Janjigian’s clinical practice and research are focused on improving treatment outcomes for people with esophageal and stomach cancers. She has vast experience working with translational biomarker studies leading both investigator initiated and large multicenter registration trials, as well as early phase clinical trials and is a leader in the field.

Matthew Katz

Matthew Katz MD, FACS
Professor, Surgical Oncology
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Matthew HG Katz is currently a Professor, Center Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Center, and Chief of the Pancreatic Surgery Service in the department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has extensive experience in the design and conduct of clinical trials and has led two national cooperative group studies of the effects of preoperative therapy on patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. He has published over 200 original articles that have described novel multi-modality treatment approaches for patients with this disease.

Guest Speaker

Flay Charbonneau BSc Pharm, RHP
Odette Cancer Centre Pharmacy

Flay Charbonneau is Manager, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Odette Cancer Centre Pharmacy and has more than 30 years’ experience in Canadian hospital pharmacy practice. As Pharmacy Manager, she is responsible for pharmacy operations at the centre which include sterile product preparation, clinical pharmacy services to ambulatory oncology patients, retail pharmacy and support for clinical trials. Flay has a strong interest in quality improvement initiatives, especially those that relate to implementation of technology. She is an active member of CAPhO (Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology), serving on the CAPhO Conference planning committee for over 15 years, is a founding member of a local oncology pharmacy network, OPTRA, and a member of CSHP. She is a former member of the pCODR Expert Review Committee and is a member of the Cancer Clinical Trials Group Audit and Monitoring Committee.

Flay Charbonneau obtained her BSc (Pharm) degree from the University of Alberta and completed a Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Guest Faculty

Elena Elimova MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Sylvia S. W. Ng MD, PhD, FRCPC
Staff Radiation Oncologist
Sunnybrook Health SciencesCentre

Chirag Patel BSc (Hons), MBBS, MRCP, FRCR
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Corwyn Rowsell MD, FRCPC
Unity Health

Melanie Tsang MD, MSc, FRCSC
Surgical Oncologist
Unity Health

Planning Committee

Shiva Jayaraman MD, MESc, FRCSC, FACS
Chair, Planning Committee 2021
HPB Surgeon
Unity Health Toronto

Eric Chen MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Charles Cho MSc, MD, FRCPC
Radiation Oncologist
Southlake Regional Cancer Centre

Suneil Khanna MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
Mackenzie Health

Charmaine Lynden MN, RN(EC)
Nurse Practitioner
Trillium Health Partners

Steven MacLellan MD, FRCSC
General Surgeon
Humber River Hospital

Mark Pasetka BSc, BScPharm, Pharm D, R.Ph
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator
Odette Cancer Centre

Danny Robson MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
North York General Hospital

Elaine Yeung MD, FRCPC
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital