Our Leadership

The Central East Regional Cancer Program is led by a team which includes a Regional Vice President and clinicians who have taken on the role of Regional Clinical Leads in different areas of cancer care.

Regional Clinical Leads work closely with our partner hospitals to ensure cancer care in our community is aligned with Cancer Care Ontario's goals, standards and best practice guidelines. They also promote collaboration within the region, and work toward improvements in the quality and coordination of cancer care.

Regional Vice President (Interim)

Kirsten Burgomaster

Clinical Director, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre

Patti Marchand

Regional Clinical Leads

  • Kathy McLeod-Beaver, Indigenous Navigator
  • Dr. James Chiarotto, Scarborough Health Network, Quality Lead for Systemic Treatment (Chemotherapy)
  • Debbie Devitt, Patient Education Lead
  • Dr. Gus Dotsikas, Lakeridge Health, Cancer Imaging Lead and Breast Imaging Lead
  • Dr. Medhat El-Mallah, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health, Radiation Clinical Lead
  • Dr. Julia Jones, Surgical Oncology Lead
  • Dr. Hugh Kendall, Colorectal Screening/GI Endoscopy Lead
  • Darrilyn Lessels, Nursing Lead 
  • Patti Argier, Psychosocial Oncology Lead 
  • Dr. Avnish Mehta, Primary Care and Cancer Screening Lead
  • Dr. Edward Osborne, Palliative Care Lead 
  • Dr. Jason Pennington, Indigenous Cancer Lead
  • Dr. Nathan Roth, Cervical Screening/Colposcopy Lead 

For biographies, visit Our Regional Experts