Team

LEAD: Gabriela Ilie, PhD

Principle Investigator and PC-PEP Program Scientific Lead. Director of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Lab

Dr. Gabriela Ilie is a Dalhousie Research Medical Foundation (DMRF) Endowed Scientist in Prostate Cancer Quality of Life and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health and Epidemiology, Urology, Radiation Oncology and Psychology, and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. She is Affiliated Scientist with Nova Scotia Health Authority, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center and Scientist with the Beatrice Cancer Research Institute.  She is an Associate Scientist with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Toronto with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory. Gabriela leads the PC-PEP Program and the scientific and clinical teams behind the program.

Gabriela Ilie, PhD, @GabrielaIDr via Twitter.

Rob Rutledge, MD, FRCPC

PC-PEP Co-Investigator and Program Clinical Lead

Dr. Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist with Nova Scotia Health Authority, and Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center, in Halifax, Nova Scotia who treats Prostate, Breast, and Peadiatric cancers. His education includes an Undergraduate Math and Computer Science degree, a Certificate in Community Health, Clinical Epidemiology, and a Doctor of Medicine degree, all from University of Toronto. He has completed a Comprehensive Internship in Medicine at Queen’s University, in Kingston, and the Radiation Oncology Residency Program at University of Ottawa. He became involved in Dr. Ilie’s research work and began collaborating with her and her team’s work in 2017.

Rob Thompson, MD, FRCPC

New Brunswick PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Rob Thompson is a Radiation Oncologist with Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick, practicing in Saint John and Fredericton.  He specializes in the treatment of patients with Prostate, Lung, and Gastrointestinal cancers. He completed his medical training at Dalhousie University, followed by a residency at the University of Toronto, and fellowship at the Odette Cancer Center, Toronto. He is actively involved in collaborating with multiple national and international clinical trial cooperative groups, including the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and is the site leader for NRG Oncology clinical trials. He began collaborating with Dr. Ilie and and her team’s work in 2020.

Christopher J.D. Wallis, MD, PhD FRCSC

Mount Sinai Hospital PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Christopher J.D. Wallis is a Urologic Oncologist at the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia and his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto and completed his clinical residency in Urology at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals and his Society of Urologic Oncology accredited fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research focuses on leveraging a variety of epidemiologic techniques to understand the interaction between processes of care and patient outcomes, with a particular focus on patients with cancer and those undergoing surgery.

Dr. John Thoms, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Thoms is a Radiation Oncologist and Clinician Scientist at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Center and Associate Professor within the Discipline of Oncology at Memorial University in St. John’s, N. He completed a Bachelor Science degree in Physics at St. Francis Xavier University, Master of Science degree in Physics at the University of Waterloo, his MD at Memorial University and resident training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Alberta. He completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Hospital. Dr. Thoms was awarded the Campbell Family Prostate Cancer Research Clinical Fellowship. His primary research interests pertain to novel biomarkers of radiotherapy response, proteomic technologies and novel clinical trials.

Dr. Howard Evans, MD, FRCPC

Northern Alberta Urology Center in Edmonton, PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Evans is a Urological Surgeon with Northern Alberta Urology Center in Edmonton, Board of Directors with The American Urology Institute, and Professor at University of Alberta, Division of Urology in Edmonton. His skills and expertise include but are not limited to advance laparoscopic surgery, prostate cancer, surgical oncology, robotic surgery, urolithiasis, and minimal invasive surgery.

Dr. Kunal Jana, MD, FRCPC

Division Head & Assistant Professor of Urology University of Saskatchewan, PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Jana is Urology Division Head and an Assistant Professor of Urology with the University of Saskatchewan. He joined Saskatoon Urology Associates in 2006. He graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and completed his urological fellowship training at the University of Ottawa. Kunal is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan. His clinical areas of expertise are minimally invasive surgery and surgical oncology.

In addition to his clinical work, Kunal has an interest in quality improvement in health care. He has been involved with various provincial and regional quality improvement initiatives such as the Prostate Assessment Pathway. His research interests are around continuous quality improvement and is a Research Associate in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.

Dr. Susan Ellard, MD, FRCPC

Medical Oncologist, UBC – Kelowna‘s PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Ellard is Department Head in Medical Oncology with the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna. Her top areas of expertise are Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Thrombocytopenia.

Dr. Walid Shahrour, MD, FRCPC

Urologist, Superior Urologic Clinic, Thurnder Bay‘s PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Walid Shahrour has completed his undergraduate degree with honours from McGill University. He studied Microbiology and Immunology. He then went on to study medicine at McGill University and finished in 2009. He underwent his residency training in the division of urology in McGill University and obtained his FRCSC certificate in June 2014. Dr. Shahrour specializes in reconstructive surgery for urethral disease, fistulas (male/female), erectile dysfunction, male prothesis, urinary incontinence and artificial urinary sphincters. Dr. Shahrour has been involved with multiple research projects and is still actively pursuing research in reconstructive urology. 

Dr. Larry Pan, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, Head Provincial Radiation Oncology Services, Prince Edward Island’s PC-PEP Site PI/Lead

Dr. Pan is a radiation oncologist and head of Prince Edward Island’s provincial radiation oncology service. He obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 2004 and FRCPC in radiation oncology in 2009. With a strong interest in medical professionalism and health system innovation, Dr. Pan is motivated to support system transformational changes for sustainable high-quality health care. In addition to his role as a radiation oncologist, Dr. Pan currently serves as a director on the Canadian Medical Association board. He also served as president of the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island in 2017–18 and as chair of its board of directors in 2018–19.

He recently earned a master’s certificate in physician leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Business and a certificate in legal aspects of health care administration from Dalhousie University. Dr. Pan is an assistant professor with the Department of Radiation Oncology, Dalhousie University, and is the recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2017 Excellence in Medicine and Health Award for Prince Edward Island.

Cody MacDonald

DMRF Soillse Lab Lead Research Coordinator, PC-PEP Project Coordinator

Cody is PC-PEP’s Project Lead Coordinator in the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Laboratory. He has been involved in the Soillse Lab since the summer of 2018 as a student volunteer and then from May – August 2019 he held a student Research Assistant Practicum position in the lab, and then a Research Coordinator position within the Lab.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences degree at Dalhousie University and throughout the course of his studies he became very interested in epidemiology and community health research. For years he has been involved with a non-for profit mental health charity and has long been passionate about improving people’s quality of life.  Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, he is very excited to help coordinate the many exciting research projects being undertaken to improve the quality of life for prostate cancer patients here in the Maritimes. He is a 2nd year MSc student in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie and Dr. Ilie is his supervisor. In his free time, he loves spending as much time outdoors as possible, cycling around the city, hiking by the ocean, or travelling.

Lia Massoeurs

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Assistant

Lia is a second-year master’s student in the Epidemiology and Applied Health Research program at Dalhousie University and a Research Coordinator in the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Laboratory. She has completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology at Mount Allison University and graduated in May of 2021. Lia is new to Nova Scotia as she is originally from Moncton, New Brunswick. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, experimenting with cooking, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She has a strong passion for healthcare and is very interested in the intersection of psychology and biology and the impact of mental health on one’s wellbeing. Lia will be conducting qualitative research throughout her master’s to identify issues related to sample heterogeneity, the context, complexities and characteristics of patients who participated in PC-PEP. In the fall, Lia is beginning the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Training program and is thankful to have been awarded the BHCRI CIBC/QEII Foundation CRTP Award to support her thesis research this academic year. 

Cassidy Bradley

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Coordinator

Cassidy is the Lab’s Research Coordinator. She is a  2nd year MSc student studying Epidemiology and Applied Health Research, with Dr Ilie as her supervisor. For her thesis she is studying the role of treatment regret, mental and physical health as well as prostate cancer physical side effects to the quality of life (emotional, social, functional and spiritual well-being) of survivors. She became involved in the Soillse Lab in December 2019, during her final year of her BSc in Kinesiology at Dalhousie. Her role with PC-PEP has primarily been assisting with the participant exercise testing, as well as with Dr Ilie’s studies based on the RCT data. Her primary research interests include chronic disease management, quality of life, health equity and mental health. After finishing her studies in CH&E, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine, while continuing to be involved with clinical research. In her free time she enjoys working spending time outdoors, doing art and propagating plants

Jasmine Vo

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Assistant

Jasmine is a Research Assistant in the Soillse Lab.  She is going into her final year as a student in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department at Dalhousie University. She will be completing an honours thesis in evaluating the efficacy of an online educational platform; and identify links between motivation, learning history and learning outcomes. She has always had an interest in the human mind and the psychological factors that affect physical illness. Joining the lab as a volunteer in January 2020, she is thankful to have a chance to connect innovative neuroscience technology to medical intervention and patient education. Originally from Vietnam, Jasmine is fascinated by the healthcare standard and the quality of life of Canadians, which are shaped by passionate, talented researchers and healthcare professionals. Jasmine says she is counting her blessings to be part of a team that exercises outstanding research and contributes to the society that nurtured her love for science. Living by the ocean for most of my life, she loves spending her free time by the water, hiking, mushroom hunting, and cooking.

Nada Hassan

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Assistant

Nada is a new member of the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Laboratory and has been working as a Research Assistant since the spring of 2022. She is originally from Egypt and grew up in Qatar before moving to Nova Scotia for her undergraduate education. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Certificate in Neurotechnology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University, and Graduated in May of 2022. She is very passionate about academia and healthcare and is looking to pursue a career in teaching and research. During her free time, she loves to bake, go to the gym, do kickboxing and to crochet. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and being outdoors in nature. Nada is very excited to be part of the Soillse Lab and to be involved with PC-PEP.

Alexandra Nuyens

DMRF Soillse Lab Research Assistant

Alexandra is an incoming first-year master’s student in the Epidemiology and Applied Health Research program at Dalhousie University and a Research Assistant in the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Lab. She has completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology focusing on tick epigenetics at Mount Allison University and graduated in May of 2022. At Mount Allison, she played on the Women’s Varsity soccer team, which competed at the Atlantic University Soccer playoffs this past season. For years, she has been involved with Brain Injury Nova Scotia, which focuses on improving the quality of life of brain injury survivors. She is passionate about improving mental and physical health, quality of life, and addressing healthcare disparities/inequities. Through her master’s she will be investigating the quality of life and mental health factors of cancer patients. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, spending time with her dog, and reading.

Alex Ross

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Exercise Trainer

PC-PEP Exercise Trainer. Alex is a Research Coordinator at NSHA and has been with PC-PEP since 2019.

Laura Burge

Research in Medicine Student

Laura is a first-year medical student at Dalhousie University. She recently joined the Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Laboratory as a Research in Medicine Student. She was born and raised in Prince Edward Island and completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Kinesiology from the University of Prince Edward Island in May of 2021. Her Honours Thesis explored how the well-being of student-athletes was impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and as a Varsity Soccer Player herself, this project was especially meaningful. In the past couple of years, she gained valuable experience implementing several exercise intervention programs, which aimed to improve the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities, end-stage renal disease, and long-term care residents. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of her community, and is feeling excited and fortunate to join the incredible members of the PC-PEP team. In her free time, she loves to stay active, enjoy nature, and spend quality time with friends and family.

Ross Macdonald

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Mentors Lead, and PC-PEP Program Outreach International

Ross is a Lead Pastor at Grace Chapel in Halifax. He has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen.  He is helping delivering the monthly video conferences for PC-PEP with Drs. Ilie and Rutledge and Cody MacDonald. He has been and continues to be a PC-PEP mentor for many man coming or exiting the program and is helping establish a national and international Mentors infrastructure for the program. He participated in Phases 2 and 3 of the PC-PEP program after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program. 

Pat Macdonald

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Partners Lead, and PC-PEP Program Outreach International

Pat is a Patient Partner. She has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen in 2019.  She is helping connect partners of patients in the program during the monthly video conferences for PC-PEP with Drs. Ilie and Rutledge and Cody MacDonald. She has been and continues to be a PC-PEP mentor for many parters of patients coming or exiting the program and is helping establish the national and international partners infrastructure for the program. She has participated in Phases 2 and 3 of the PC-PEP program after her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program to her husband, herself, her family and the community of patients. 

Bernie Petolas

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Lead Outreach, National

Bernie has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen.  He is helping roll out the PC-PEP program to the rest of Canada and beyond.  He participated in Phases 1 and 3 of the program after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2018 and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program.   Bernie worked as a professional engineer for over 37 years in Halifax.   He has been involved in product design, project management, corporate management, and business development.  He worked for a local company involved in design, development and manufacturing for data acquisition and satellite telemetry products in the fields of Meteorology, Oceanography, Polar Research, security, and Defense.   In addition, he worked for a software development firm in the field of C4ISR, Maritime Domain Awareness, Military Situational Awareness, and homeland security.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey, taking the family dog on hikes and beach walks, and travelling.    

KEVIN BARNETT

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Lead Exercise, National

Kevin, former Certified Exercise Practitioner, has joined the PC-PEP Research team as a volunteer Research Citizen having been a PC-PEP participant in the Phase 3 RCT phase of the program and has first-hand experience on the benefits of the program.  He is helping PC-PEP men coming into the program adjust the exercise program to their needs and abilities.    

JEROME AND COLETTE NOSEWORTHY

DMRF Soillse Lab PC-PEP Research Citizen Leads/Mentors Patients and Partners, Atlantic Canada)

Jerome & Colette reside in Westphal, Nova Scotia, originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, they have resided in Nova Scotia for the last 24 years. They have been married for 42 years and have two daughters (2 son-in laws) and 5 grandchildren. Jerome & Colette joined the PC-PEP program in December 2020 and have participated in Phase 3 and 4 of the PC-PEP program after Jerome’s diagnosis with prostate cancer in November 2020. Their involvement and participation in the program offers valuable insights and experiences that they have incurred along their journey and can share with others the benefits of the PC-PEP program. Both, now retired, they have joined the PC-PEP Research team as volunteer Research Citizens and enjoy participating in the monthly PC-PEP zoom calls and assists as mentors for men with prostate cancer and their respective families and the community of patients. They are looking forward to helping roll out the PC-PEP program to the rest of Canada.  Jerome and Colette are pleased to be able to share their experience & insights with others and truly believe involvement in the PC-PEP program pre and post surgery was key to re-establishing a good quality of life.In their spare time they enjoy daily walks and exercise, travelling, hanging out around their tiki bar & pool and spending time with their 5 precious grandchildren.

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