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Council and Working Groups

Our programs and activities are led by an Advisory Council and working groups

Together, they are working from a community care perspective to help BC Cancer achieve its mission of reducing the burden of cancer in British Columbia.

The Council reports to BC Cancer's Executive Director, Provincial Clinical Programs, and oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of activities undertaken by the Working Groups and the Network. Council members strive to ensure timely and equitable oncology care for patients in communities by supporting family physicians, facilitating their integration into the cancer treatment system and developing family practice oncology guidelines and resources.

Providing family physicians with timely information about upcoming events and educational opportunities is another role of the Council, as is liaison with BC Cancer and the BC health system. 

  • Dr. Cathy Clelland (Chair), Provincial Lead, BC Cancer Primary Care Program, and Family Physician, Port Coquitlam
    -Dr. Clelland bio
  • Dr. Martin Dawes, Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Dr. Henry Docherty, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Kelowna
  • Dr. Val Geddes, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Abbotsford
  • Dr. Timothy Huerta, Associate Professor in Family Practice and Biomedical Information in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University
  • Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Mary McBride, Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver
  • Dr. David May, Director, BC College of Family Physicians, Powell River
  • Dr. Raziya Mia, Medical Lead, Education, and General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Abbotsford
  • Dr. Robert Woollard, Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia and Co-Chair, Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools, World Health Organization, Vancouver
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    Providing accessible, relevant educational opportunities for family physicians throughout BC is the key focus for this group. Chief among these offerings are monthly CME Webcasts held from 8-9:00 a.m. the third Thursday of every month and CME Oncology Workshops held in communities throughout the province. This group is also responsible for planning the Network's Family Practice Oncology CME Day held every November in Vancouver.


    Members

    • Dr. Raziya Mia (Chair), Medical Lead, Education, and General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Abbotsford
    • Dr. Sherry Chan, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Vancouver
    • Dr. Catherine Clelland, Provincial Lead, BC Cancer Primary Care Program, and Family Physician, Port Coquitlam
    • Dr. Shannon Douglas, General Practitioner in Oncology, Vanderhoof
    • Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development, Vancouver
    • Dr. Sally Macdonald, General Practitioner in Oncology, Whitehorse
    • Dr. Sian Shuel, General Practitioner in Oncology , BC Cancer - Abbotsford 
    • Dr. Margaret Smith, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Victoria
    • Dr. Angela Thermann, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Vancouver 
    • Jennifer WolfeProgram Manager, Family Practice Oncology Network
     

    Working in collaboration with BC Cancer and the UBC's Department of Family Practice Enhanced Skills Program , this group developed and now oversees the Network’s highly regarded GPO Education Program, an eight-week flexible educational opportunity that enables family physicians to develop their practice in oncology and become well-informed on subjects such as palliative care and management of cancer as a chronic disease.


    Members

    • Dr. Raziya Mia (Chair), Medical Lead, Education, and General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Abbotsford
    • Dr. Sherry Chan, GPO, BC Cancer - Vancouver
    • Dr. Andrea Cheung, GPO, BC Cancer - Vancouver 
    • Dr. Cathy Clelland, Provincial Lead, BC Cancer Primary Care Program, and Family Physician, Port Coquitlam
    • Dr. Elizabeth Ewart, GPO, BC Cancer - Kamloops
    • Dr. Val Geddes, GPO, BC Cancer - Abbotsford 
    • Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development, Vancouver
    • Dr. Sian  Shuel, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer - Abbotsford
    • Dr. Angela Thermann, GPO, BC Cancer - Vancouver 
    • Jennifer Wolfe, Program Manager, Family Practice Oncology Network, Vancouver
    • Dilraj Mahil, Administrative Program Coordinator, Family Practice Oncology Network 
     

    These working groups collaborate with the provincial Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the BC Medical Association, to develop practical, easy-to-follow cancer care guidelines for family physicians. These guidelines are being prepared according to the Advisory Committee format - brief, evidence-based and taking a proactive approach to the management of cancer as a chronic disease.


    (guideline under development)

    Upper GI Guideline Working Group (guidelines published)

    Female Genital Tract Working Group (guidelines published and updated)

    Pallative Care Working Groups (guidelines published and updated):

    BC Cancer develops more comprehensive Cancer Management Guidelines, based on the accumulated experiences of BC Cancer, together with best practice evidence derived from major cancer centres throughout the world. 

     

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