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Gynecologic Oncology

(514) 340-8222 x 23114

Medical Director
: Walter Gotlieb, MD, PhD
Clinical Administrator: Iris Gourdji, N, MSc(A)
Nurse Navigator: Nancy Drummond, RN, MSc(A), CON(C)

The Gynecologic Oncology program at the Segal Cancer Centre was established to concentrate exclusively on the study and treatment of gynecologic cancers, integrating prevention strategies, screening tools, detection methods, sophisticated diagnostic equipment, skillful pelvic and abdominal surgery, innovative chemotherapy protocols, hi-tech radiation therapy and best supportive care practices. Treatment of patients presenting with cancer of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, pelvic cancers or primary peritoneal carcinomas is being centralized by the team of gynecologic oncologists whose interdisciplinary approach allows for efficient and optimal patient care without the need for unnecessary and redundant examinations.

The program integrates the use of Colposcopy in screening for gynecologic abnormalities and cancers, as well as the use of cytology and pathology in screening and detecting anomalies of the lower genital tract. Patients are provided with in-depth information about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infections and its role in the development of cancer. This clinic is also an essential setting to the promotion of the HPV vaccine among young women

Daily clinics are held at the Gynecologic Oncology program to screen, detect, diagnose, follow, and treat gynecologic cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, and supportive care. Weekly tumour board conferences are held where the team members bring their unique perspectives and expertise to the discussion of individual cancer cases in order to elaborate the best treatment options available.

Since December 2007, the Gynecologic Oncology team has pioneered the introduction of computer assisted “Robotic” surgery in the surgical arsenal for gynecologic cancers, and has become a leader in the use of this minimal invasive technology in Canada. Patients’ progress deems promising and improved as compared to the standard surgical procedures. Current studies have shown that hospitalization and recovery time have been significantly shortened, wound healing being remarkably improved given the reduced surgical invasion. Patients have reported a general improvement in quality of life and express an overall great satisfaction with its use.

Genetic screening, crucial to all fields of oncology, is an integral part of the Gynecologic Oncology program and this service is provided by the Cancer Genetics team at the Stroll Family Cancer Prevention Centre.

Essential to the optimal management and treatment of each individual patient are the multitude of skills present in the multifaceted team of highly trained professionals working continuously together and forming the “Gynecologic Oncology Unit”.

Clinical research studies with the most evolved protocols are available to patients. In addition, basic research is conducted on the molecular aspects of gynecologic cancer development, and the application of new treatment modalities based on genetic engineering and translational research.

The Gyn-Onc Health Information Service in Room E-707 next to the waiting room of the gynecologic oncology clinic, allows patients to obtain health information while in the clinic. A medical librarian is on site to help you or your loved one find the health information you need. The service website has links to many reliable patient information resources on gynecologic oncology and breast cancer.  

Healthcare professionals can find the treatment algorithms here.

Gynecologic Oncologists Medical Oncologist Geneticist
Walter Gotlieb, MD, PhD David Melnychuk, MD William Foulkes, MB, PhD
Susie Lau, MD Surgical Specialists Genetic Counsellors
Shannon Salvador, MD Carol Ann Vasilevsky, MD Nora Wong, MS,CCGC
Ahmed Mousa, MD Jacob Garzon, MD Sonia Zaor, MSc, CCGC
Radiation Oncologists Shannon Fraser, MD Genetic Coordinator
Boris Bahoric, MD Philip Gordon, MD Laura Hayes
Tamim Niazi, MD Franck Bladou, MD  
Siavosh Vakilian, MD Pathologist
Radiologists Alex Ferenczy
Mark Leventhal, MD  
Vincent Pelsser, MD  
Family Physician      
Estelle Lorber, MD    
Palliative Care Expert Administrative Agent
Michael Bouhadana, MD, CM, CCFP Christine Mazzamauro (514) 340-8222 x 3114
Psychologist Clinic Secretary
Zeev Rosberger, PhD Ana Massa (514) 340-8222 x 3114
Sexologist Nurses
Tobi Klein, MSW, MFT, TEP, CGP Sonia Brin, RN, and the team of the Operating Room
Social Worker Anne Ross BScN, CMSN(C) and the team from 3NW
Christina Cabral, MSW, ts, tcf Cania Vincelli, RN, BSc, MScN, and the team of 5NW
Holistic Consultant Dina Linardos, BScN, CON(c) and the team from the Oncology
Susan Wener Clinic and the Radiation Oncology Clinic
Dietitians Stomatotherapists
Louis-François Coté, PDt Louise Samuel, BScN, ET
Theresa Muccari, PDt Physiotherapist
Hope & Cope Volunteers Natasha Grant, Pht
Cathy Ammendolea Clinical Research Associates
Rita Berger Iona Eniu
Miriam Shuster Helen Charamis, BScN
Linda Gold Librarians
Rosemary Caplan Linda Lei, MLIS
Galina Dorfman Arlene Greenberg, MLS
Hope & Cope Coordinator Francesca Frati, MLIS
Hinda Goodman, BSc, MSW Jacynthe Touchette, MSI
Natalie Doan, BPharm