Department of Oncology
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Current Residents

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING ONCOLOGY RESIDENTS!

Dr. Osama Souied, Dr. Katen Ghate and Dr. Melody (Xuanlu) Qu





Name: Chunzi Jenny Jin

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Post-Graduate Year: 4 (2016/17)

Medical School: University of Toronto

Scholarly Interests: Radiation Oncology, communication with patients, health services research

Research Involvement:  Access to cancer care, quality of cancer care, cancer outcomes, knowledge translation, population-based models for cancer service planning

Achievements:  Recipient of the Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award 2016

Personal Interests: Running, hiking, oil painting

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Name: Harry Brastianos

Post-Graduate Year: 3 (2016/17)

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Medical School: Queen’s University   

Scholarly Interests: Breast Brachytherapy

Research Involvement:  

1) Supervisor: Dr. Conrad Falkson Summary: Lead an investigation on using electromagnetic technology to enhance guidance of catheter needles in breast brachytherapy, lead a research study on using electromagnetic technology to teach learners how to perform breast brachytherapy, Run a clinical trial on using electromagenetic tracking in breast brachytherapy.
Presented the research at provincial, national and international conferences
Presented research at Breast Reconstruction Awareness day, a conference for members of the community on breast cancer

2) Supervisor: Dr. Catherine deMetz Summary:Lead a clinical trial on using virgin coconut oil 

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Brastianos HC
, Cahill DP, Brastianos PK. Systemic therapy of brain metastases. Current neurology and neuroscience reports. 2015; 15:518.

Grossman R, Brastianos H*, Tyler B, Lal B, Zadnik P, Rory GC, Brem H, Blakeley JO. Combination of Anti-VEGF Therapy and Temozolomide Enhance Survival in U87 Gliomas. J. Neurooncol. 2014; 116:59-65*Co-first author

Grossman R, Rudek MA, Brastianos H, Zadnik P, Brem H, Tyler B, Blakeley JO. The impact of bevacizumab on temozolomide concentrations in intracranial U87 gliomas. Cancer Chemother. Pharm. 2012; 70: 129-139.

Brastianos PK, Brastianos HC, Hsu W, Scuibba DM, Koszotowski T, Tyler BM, Recinos VR, Burger P, Grossman SA. The toxicity of intrathecal bevacizumab in a rabbit model of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. J. Neurooncol. 2012; 106: 81-88.

Book Chapters/Monographs
Brastianos PK, Brastianos HC, Eichler AF. Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis. In: Palmieri, D, ed. Central Nervous System Metastasis, the Biological Basis and Clinical Consideration. Springer. 2013: 187-201.

Abstracts and Presentations
Brastianos HC,Vaughan T, Lasso A, Westerland M, Gooding J, Fichtinger G, Falkson CB. Electromagnetic tracking for catheter insertion guidance for HDR breast brachytherapy: a phantom experiment. American Society for Radiation Oncology, 58th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, September 25-28, 2016. Int J Radiat Oncol Bio Phys. 2016; 96(2):E643.

Brastianos HC. Bladder Conservation Therapy. Urology Nurses of Canada, Urologic Excellence Conference, September 22-24, 2016.

Brastianos HC, Vaughan T, Lasso A, Westerland M, Gooding J, Fichtinger G, Falkson CB. Electromagnetic tracking for catheter insertion guidance for HDR breast brachytherapy: demonstration of concept in phantoms. Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, 30th Annual Scientific Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 14-17, 2016. Radiothe Oncol, 2016, Vol 120, S73-S74.

Vaughan T, Brastianos HC, Lasso A, Westerland M, Ungi T, Falkson CB, Fichtinger G. Catheter targeting under electromagnetic guidance in breast brachytherapy – a demonstration of concept. Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 30th International Congress, Heidelberg, Germany, June 21-25, 2016. Int J CARS, 2016, Suppl 1, S60-62.

Brastianos HC, Vaughan T, Lasso A, Westerland M, Gooding J, Fichtinger G, Falkson CB. Electromagnetic tracking for catheter insertion guidance for HDR breast brachytherapy: demonstration of concept. Cancer Care Ontario Research Day, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 18, 2016.

Brastianos HC, Owen T. Spontaneous Regression of a Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Left Hilum. McMaster University Health Sciences, 11th Annual Ontario Thoracic Cancer Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, April 8-10, 2016.

Vaughan T, Brastianos HC, Lasso A, Westerland M, Ungi T, Falkson CB, Fichtinger G. Electromagnetically-guided catheter insertions in breast phantoms for brachytherapy. Imaging Network Ontario, 14th Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 30-31, 2016.

Brastianos HC. Treating Palliative Patients. South East Regional Hospice Volunteer & Volunteer Coordinators Education Day. Kingston, Ontario, Canada, March 7, 2016

Brastianos, HC. Bone Metastases. Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences. Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 2015.

Brastianos, HC. Bladder Conservation Therapy. Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences. Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 2014.

Brastianos, HC. Cancer Screening, a Guide for Patients.  Life Meetings in a community setting. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2014.

Brastianos, HC. The Impact on Bevacizumab of Temozolomide in Glioblastoma Multiforme.  Presentation to the Department of Neurology, Grand Rounds, at Kingston General Hospital. Kingston, Ontario, Canada 2013.

Brastianos, HC. The Impact on Bevacizumab on Temozolomide in Glioblastoma Multiforme.  Presentation to the Department of Oncology at Kingston General Hospital. Kingston, Ontario, Canada 2013.

Personal Interests: soccer, running, reading

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Name: Mohamed (Mo) Abdi

Post-Graduate Year:  3 (2016/17)

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Scholarly Interests:  Quality Assurance in Radiation Oncology, Cutaneous Oncology, GBM, Patient Care

Current Research Involvement: Marjolin Ulcer Systematic review of modern series, Patient Care: Consent process satisfaction project

Personal Interests:  travelling, hiking and camping, sci-fi everything, weight training 

 
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Name: Samantha Sigurdson

Post-Graduate Year: 2 (2016/17)

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Medical School: McMaster University

Scholarly Interests: Cancer health services research, quality of life, quality of cancer care, cancer outcomes

Current Research Involvement: A collaborative project with multiple centres located worldwide to conduct retrospective searches of each centre’s radiology and pathology databases, and link our data sets to determine the incidence of primary mediastinal tumours. My supervisor is Dr. Falkson.

I am currently applying to the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) and plan to start a Master’s in Epidemiology in 2017 at Queen’s. My thesis supervisor will be Dr. Brundage.

Personal Interests: hiking (especially with my dog!), intramural sports (volleyball, soccer), trying new ice cream/frozen yogurt places, Netflix marathons


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Name:   Osbert Zalay              

Post-Graduate Year:   2 (2016/17)

Specialty:   Radiation Oncology

Medical School:   Queen’s University

Scholarly Interests:   Computational methods in medicine and oncology, bioinformatics, immunotherapy

Current Research Involvement:  Development of machine-learning based analytical and predictive models of medical imaging and bioinformatics data, with focus on oncologic applications. Collaborating with Dr. Tomas Babak (Dept. of Biology, Dept. of Pathology and Molecular Medicine) whose research activities are in high-throughput computational genomics, epigenetics, next-gen sequencing and gene editing

Personal Interests:   Playing the pipe organ (usually at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston in the middle of the night when no one is around), music composition, outdoors activities like hiking, kayaking, etc.


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Name: Michael Yan  

Post-Graduate Year: 1 (2016/17)

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Medical School: Western University

Scholarly Interests: Breast, colorectal treatment and management

Research Involvement:  Cutaneous lymphoma case report, Lymph node management in breast cancer review

Personal Interests:  Basketball, tennis, painting

 


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Name: Niki Moideen

Post-Graduate Year: PGY1

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Medical School: Dalhousie University

Scholarly Interests: Quality Improvement

Research Involvement:  

Manuscripts: Moideen N, Marozouk K, Thompson K, Wood L. Measuring Quality Care in Localized Renal Cell Cancer: Utilization of Preoperative Investigations in a Population based Cohort.  Accepted October 2016 to Current Oncology.

Abstracts:  Marzouk K, Moideen N, Thompson K, Wood L. Analysis of RCC recurrence & mortality in a population based cohort of surgical patients from Nova Scotia.  Oral presentation: Canadian Urological Association Annual Meeting, St. John’s NFLD, 2014.

Himmelman J, Merrimen J, Moideen N, Marzouk K, Thompson K, Wood L. Pathology and outcome of non-clear cell RCC in a population based cohort of Nova Scotia patients.  Poster Presentation: Canadian Urological Association Annual Meeting, St. Johns, NFLD, 2014

Achievements: 12th Annual Department of Radiation Oncology/ Division of Medical Oncology Resident Research Day, Halifax NS, 2014  Award: Runner Up Oral presentation.

Personal Interests: Hiking, paddle boarding and traveling