Our Program

Our Program

For over 30 years, Children's Hospital has provided family-centred care to children with cancer.

The childhood cancer program is designed to meet the needs of children and their families through a holistic approach.

The childhood cancer program (also referred to as the paediatric oncology program) strives to provide high quality, family-centred care to allow children to not only survive their illness but also to sustain normal growth and development and family unity.

What We Do

We work with other health care teams at Children’s Hospital to help with special concerns for children with cancer and their families:

Medical consultation, diagnosis and disease management

  • Coordination of care across inpatient, outpatient and home settings
  • Expanded nursing support
  • Radiation therapy
  • General surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Support of family and professional caregivers
  • Art Therapy
  • Child Life programs
  • School reintegration
  • Patient Outcome/Continuous Improvement Activities
  • Satellite clinics in Kitchener and Windsor
  • Aftercare clinic program in collaboration with the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario
  • Clinical trials participation in provincial and international networks

Our Team


Title / Specialty

Dr. Lawrence Jardine Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Elizabeth Cairney Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Shayna Zelcer Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Paul Gibson Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Alexandra Zorzi Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Serina Patel Hemotologist/Oncologist
Dr. Cathy Maan


Dr. Andrea Downie Neuropsychologist
Dr. Danielle Cataudella Psychologist
Lorraine Janzen Psychometrist
Ann Klinck Psychological Associate (School Liaison)
Anne Chambers Nurse Practitioner
Mary Jo Decourcy Nurse Practitioner
Margaret Warden Interlink Nurse
Deborah Dewbury Langley Child Life Specialist
Melissa Zurch Child Life Specialist
Gillian Yealland Art Therapist
Todd Wharton Art Therapist
Veronica Sweet Art Therapist
Karina Charczuk Music Therapist
Ollie Pale Therapeutic Clown
Cindy Milne-Wren Social Worker
Jessica Mackenzie Social Worker
Angela Dodge Dietitian
Sarah Leppington Nurse Case Manager
Julie Dowler Nurse Case Manager
Meghan Reid Nurse Case Manager
Mary Anne Wilson-Sprague Nurse Case Manager
Diana Masse Nurse Case Manager
Karen Nethercott AfterCare Nurse Case Manager
Lori Otte AfterCare Successful Academic & Vocational Transition Initiative (SAVTI) Counsellor