The Team

This decision aid was created by a team at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. It was funded by a Canadian Cancer Society Quality of Life Grant. None of the authors will directly gain or lose from the decision people make after using this decision aid.

Team Members

Name Title
Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS General Surgeon
Erin Kennedy, MD, PhD, FRCSC Surgical Oncologist
Frances Wright, MD, MEd Surgical Oncologist
Christine Brezden-Masley, MD, PhD, FRCPC Medical Oncologist
Christine Simmons, MD, MSc, FRCPC Medical Oncologist
Abha Gupta, MD, MSc, FRCPC Medical Oncologist
Lisa Hicks, MD, MSc Hematologist
Paul Nathan, MD, MSc, FRCPC Pediatric Oncologist
Ellen Greenblatt, MDCM, FRCSC Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Samantha Yee, BCS, BSW, MSW Social Worker
Marcia Facey, PhD Qualitative Researcher
Kelly Metcalfe, RN, PhD Genetic Counselling Nurse

Expert Content Reviewers

Name Title
Adena Scheer, MD Surgical Oncologist
May Lynn Quan, MD, MSc, FRCSC Surgical Oncologist
Angel Arnaout, MD MSc FRCSC FACS Surgical Oncologist
Anil Abraham Joy, BSc, MD, FRCPC Medical Oncologist
Ellen Warner, MD, FRCPC, FACP, MSc Medical Oncologist
Mateya Trinkaus, MD, FRCPC Medical Oncologist
Kara Laing, BMedSc, MD Memorial, FRCPC Medical Oncologist
Amirrtha Srikanthan, MD Medical Oncologist Fellow
Shu Foong, MD, FRCSC Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Karen Glass, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Karen Buzaglo, MD Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Jinglan Han, MD Obstetrician/Gynecologist Fellow
Andrea Simpson, MD, MSc (C) Obstetrician/Gynecologist Fellow
Ruth Heisey, MD General Practitioner
Anne Kehoe, MD General Practitioner
Paula Myers, MSW Social Worker
Laura Mitchell, RN, BA, BScN, MN, CON(C) Clinical Nurse Specialist
Christel Helwig, RN, BScN Nurse Navigator, PYNK Sunnybrook
Katrina Grieve, MEd Patient Education Specialist

Content Development and Research Support

  • Brittany Speller, BSc, MSc (Candidate)
  • Corinne Daly, BSc, MSc
  • Anne Sorvari, BA
  • Andrea Covelli, MD, PhD
  • Amanda Sissons, RN, HBA, BSCN Nursing
  • Mika Imai, BA, JD
  • Samantha Timla, MSW (Candidate)
  • Mariana Lamacie, MD
  • Nathalie Baudais, Patient Advisor
  • Annie Boudrias, Breast Cancer Survivor
  • Miranda Mailey, Artist, Survivor
  • Tasleem Ismail, DPM

Organizational Support

  • Karen Irwin, Cancer Knowledge Network
  • Stefanie De Rossi, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Jan MacVinnie, Pamela Feigen, Linda Kurjanczyk, Canadian Cancer Society
  • Shawna Rich Ginsberg, Rethink Breast Cancer
  • Geoff Eaton, Young Adult Cancer Canada

Breast cancer survivors from across Canada were a vital part of the team who helped to create the BEFORE decision aid.