Our Regional Experts

Want to learn more about the latest in cancer care in our community? The Central East Regional Cancer Program has a number of experts available to speak to you and your group about a variety of cancer and health care-related topics.

To arrange a speaker, contact our communications department at 905-576-8711, ext. 34317 or communications@lh.ca

Dr. Jim Chiarotto
Regional Systemic Therapy (Chemotherapy) Lead

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Dr. Jim Chiarotto is the Regional Systemic Therapy (Chemotherapy) Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program. Dr. Chiarotto is currently a medical oncologist at Scarborough Health Network (SHN), where he has cared for patients at the Centenary Site since 2002.

Dr. Chiarotto received his medical degree from the University of Toronto (U of T) and his internal medicine training at Queen’s University. He completed his training in medical oncology at McGill University before returning to U of T to complete a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology and Cancer Research. He is certified in medical oncology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Chiarotto first practiced medical oncology at Lakeridge Health Oshawa from 1998-2002.

He then joined the team at SHN. His team was awarded the Cancer Care Ontario Human Touch Award and he was awarded the Top of the Valley Award for contributions to SHN. Read more... 

Debbie Devitt
Regional Patient Education Lead

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Debbie Devitt is the Regional Patient Education Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program and has been in the role of Patient Experience Lead at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre since 2013.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree and national certification in both oncology and palliative care. Debbie has certification from the Michener Institute in Plain Language for Patient/ Public Health Communication as well as a green belt in Lean Healthcare.

Debbie has been with Lakeridge Health since 1986. She was with the Palliative Care Program at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre/Lakeridge Health for over 20 years. For 11 of these years, Debbie was in a Consultant role with the Regional Palliative Care Program. In this role, Debbie organized and facilitated numerous courses and workshops in palliative and end of life care as well as organized two annual conferences. Debbie worked closely with the Regional Palliative Care Physician Lead to co-facilitate the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Program (LEAP). She was involved in the development of an oncology course at Ontario Tech University and a palliative care certificate program at Durham College.  Debbie continues to co-facilitate the oncology course at Ontario Tech. Read more....

Dr. Gus Dotsikas
Regional Breast and Cancer Imaging Lead

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Dr. Gus Dotsikas is the Regional Breast and Cancer Imaging Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program and a radiologist at Lakeridge Health.  He received his medical training at McGill University and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Radiology.

Dr. Dotsikas has shared his expertise with the Ontario Ministry of Health as a member of the Radiology panel reviewing provincial MR wait times strategy. He is also chair of Ontario Health’s (Cancer Care Ontario) Multidisciplinary Advisory Panel for Synoptic Reporting and co-chair of the subgroup developing the CT Lung Cancer Staging Synoptic Report.

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Patti Argier 
Regional Psychosocial Oncology Lead

photo of Sari Greenwood As our Regional Psychosocial Oncology Lead, Patti helps us define local and regional opportunities and strategies that focus on a whole-person approach to cancer care.

Patti participates with the Provincial group in the implementation of the Psychosocial Oncology standard of care.

She also helps us collaborate with psychosocial and palliative care teams in our region to identify priority areas of focus and address gaps.  

 

 

 

Dr. Julia Jones
Regional Surgical Oncology Lead

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Dr. Jones is the Regional Surgical Oncology Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program. She is a general surgeon and a surgical oncologist with a special interest in breast and thyroid cancer. Dr. Jones has a BSc. From Queen’s University. She attended medical school and completed her general surgery training at University of Toronto (U of T) which included a Master of Science as part of the Clinical Investigator Program. She has completed fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at U of T which included training at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Jones also shares her knowledge with surgical residents and other medical learners from Queen’s University where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Clinical Teaching for the Department of Surgery.  Read more... 

Dr. Hugh Kendall
Regional Colorectal Screening and Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy Lead

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Dr. Hugh Kendall is the Regional Colorectal Screening/Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program. He is a general surgeon and president of the Durham EndoSurgery Centre in Ajax, where his practice focuses on consultation, colonoscopy and gastroscopy.

A graduate of McGill University Medical School, Dr. Kendall is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed his surgical residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto and has worked at Toronto General Hospital, Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax and Pickering Hospital.

Dr. Kendall has been interested and involved in creating system-wide quality management for Endoscopy providers and out-of-hospital facilities as both a front-line provider and peer assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). He is a former co-chair of the CPSO’s Out of Hospital Facility Task Force, and a former premises inspector for its Out of Hospital Inspection Program. Today, Dr. Kendall co-chairs the CPSO Quality Assurance Committee. Read more....

Dr. Avnish Mehta
Regional Primary Care and Cancer Screening Lead

photo of Dr. Nnorom Dr. Avnish Mehta completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is the Medical Lead for the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and Primary Care Sub-region Lead for Scarborough South within the CE LHIN.

Dr. Mehta has a wealth of experience at the local and regional level and across various health sectors in both the community and hospital setting.

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Dr. Jason Pennington
Regional Indigenous Cancer Lead

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Dr. Pennington is the Regional Indigenous Cancer Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program. He is a general surgeon with a special interest in proctology and colorectal surgery and currently works at the Scarborough Health Network.  Dr. Pennington obtained both his undergraduate, medical and surgical degrees from the University of Toronto (U of T) where today, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. Recently he was a conference committee member of the Inaugural Indigenous Health Conference for the Continuing Education and Professional Development Program at U of T.

A member of the Huron-Wendat community of Wendake, Dr. Pennington has been active in the Aboriginal community with a strong focus on Aboriginal Health.  Early roles included volunteering and tutoring in some of Toronto’s Indigenous Organizations.  Currently he is a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) and active on several committees including the Indigenous Health in Specialty Postgraduate Medical Education Steering Committee (RCPSC) and the Indigenous Health Conference organizing committee (U of T). Read more... 

Dr. Ed Osborne
Regional Palliative Care Lead in collaboration with the Central East LHIN

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Dr. Osborne is the Regional Palliative Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his residency at the Scarborough General Hospital and a fellowship with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. His family practice is in Bowmanville.

Dr. Osborne has been active in teaching as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, an Assistant Professor and past Faculty Development Lead for the Queen’s University Family Medicine Program, and as a facilitator for McMaster University’s Practice Based Learning Programs. He was Section Chief of Palliative Care for Lakeridge Health 2013 to 2015 and co-chair of the Palliative at Home and Hospital Care Team (PACT) since 1999.  Dr Osborne is a Master Facilitator for the Learning Essentials and Approaches in Palliative Care (LEAP) course from Pallium Canada. Read more... 

Dr. Nathan Roth
Regional Colposcopy/Cervical Screening Lead

Dr. Roth Dr. Roth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at Scarborough Hospital Birchmount.

He is the Regional Colposcopy and Cervical Screening Lead for Cancer Care Ontario. He is a past Chair for the Section for Obstetrics and Gynecology of Ontario and Chair of Section of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is an Advisor for the College and has been asked to review and assess healthcare programs throughout the country.