I am a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. I am currently the vice chair of the Northern Alberta GI Tumour Group. I completed my undergraduate medical education at the University of Western Ontario and my postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Alberta.
My primary academic interest is medical education. I completed a Masters of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My major focus has been postgraduate medical education. I was the Program Director for the Medical Oncology residency training program at the University of Alberta for 9 years and the Associate Program Director for 5 years. I have been a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) Medical Oncology Examination Committee since 2012, and the chair of this committee since 2016. As a member of the RCPSC Medical Oncology Specialty Committee, I have been actively involved in the development of a competency-based medical education curriculum for the RCPSC Competence by Design (CBD) Project. I am the chair of the Medical Oncology Competence Committee and a member of the Internal Medicine Competence Committee at the University of Alberta. I have been actively involved in the accreditation process for residency training programs, both as a member of the University of Alberta Internal Review Committee and as a RCPSC Surveyor.
My primary research interest is in clinical trials in all areas of gastrointestinal oncology.
The GI Tumour Group consists of 10 medical oncologists, 6 radiation oncologists, 2 nurse practitioners, and multiple tumour group nurses. The research program is supported by 1 research nurse and 1 clinical trials coordinator.