Faculty

Keynote Speaker


Dr. David Ilson
Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Dr. David H. Ilson is an attending physician and member at Memorial Hospital and a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Ilson completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital at NYU Medical Center and completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Memorial Sloan Kettering after receiving his master’s and PhD degrees in basic science and an MD degree from New York University.

Dr. Ilson has a special interest and expertise in treating patients who have upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, particularly those with esophageal and gastric cancer. He also treats patients with colorectal and pancreatic cancers as well as unknown primary tumors. His research focus is in esophageal and gastric cancer, studying new agents to treat advanced disease and evaluating novel agents in combined-modality therapy to treat locally advanced disease.

Dr. Ilson is a member of the GI committees of the national clinical research groups Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB/Alliance) and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG/NRG). He is Co-Chair of the Upper GI Cancer Committee, a member of the Upper GI Cancer Guidelines Committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and senior committee member of the Intergroup Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Task Force Committee.

Guest Faculty

Dr. Rupert Abdallian
Gastroenterologist
North York General Hospital

Dr. Tim Asmis
Medical Oncologist
Ottawa General Hospital

Dr. Parneet Cheema
Medical Oncologist
William Osler Health Systems

Dr. Natalie Coburn
Heptobiliary and General Surgeon
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Laura Dawson
Radiation Oncologist
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Dr. Usmaan Hameed
Surgical Oncologist
North York General Hospital

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

Dr. Corwyn Rowsell
Pathologist, St. Michael’s Hospital

Suganya Vidivelu, RN, BScN, MScN, CON(C), PGDHM
Juravinski Cancer Centre

Planning Committee

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

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

Danny Robson, MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
North York General Hospital

Mark Rother, MD, FRCPC
Medical Oncologist
Trillium Health Partners

Alice Wei, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgical Oncology
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
University Health Network

Elaine Yeung, MD, FRCPC
Gastroenterologist
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital