Kimberly Amburgey

Kimberly Amburgey, M.Sc.

Instructor

Address:
Hospital for Sick Children
Division of Neurology
555 University Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8

Phone #:

Education:

M.Sc.:  University of Pittsburgh
B.Sc.:   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Susan Armel

Susan Armel, M.Sc.CH

Lecturer

Address:
Princess Margaret Hospital
Room 704
610 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9

Phone #: 416-946-2286


Education:

M.Sc.CH, M.Sc.:  University of Toronto
M.S.:  Sarah Lawrence College
B.Sc.:  University of Toronto

Biosketch:

Susan Armel, MSc, MS, MScCH, CGC, received a Master of Science degree in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto in 1994, a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999, and a Master of Science degree in Community Health, with a focus on health practitioner teacher education, from the University of Toronto in 2010. In 1999, she was certified in Genetic Counselling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and joined the genetics department at North York General Hospital. In 2000 Susan joined the Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic at Princess Margaret Cancer Center (PMCC).  She is a senior genetic counsellor (PMCC), a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and in 2013 was appointed Assistant Program Director – Clinical Supervision and Learning of the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto.  Additionally, she is a principal investigator and co-investigator on a number of research studies related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, and in research related to the provision of genetic counselling. Susan has also served as a genetic counselling program accreditation site visitor for the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and as the Treasurer, Education Chair, and Scientific Planning Co-Chair for the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors. Susan is a member of the NSGC and ABGC.


Melyssa Aronson

Melyssa Aronson, M.S.

Lecturer

Address:
Mount Sinai Hospital
Rm. L3-026
60 Murray St.
Toronto, ON, M5T 3L9

                                                                                                                    Phone #: 416-586-4800 ext. 3154


Education:

M.S.:  Sarah Lawrence College
B.Sc.:  University of Waterloo


Biosketch:

My speciality is cancer genetics and I became interested in this area while working on the New York Breast Cancer Study at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Upon graduation in 1998, I joined the Familial GI Cancer team at Mount   Sinai Hospital where a province-wide study of the genetics of colorectal cancer was just embarking. I am now the Senior Genetic Counsellor at the Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases, in the Familial GI Cancer Registry. Primarily, I provide genetic counselling and testing for patients suspected of having inherited GI cancer syndromes, and I have a special interest in hereditary gastric cancer. Our clinic focuses on research and I am an author on 20 articles and chapters focused on inherited gastrointestinal cancer. I have served on several provincial and international committees, including the Ministry of Health’s Clinical Practice Committee which established criteria for inherited colorectal cancer testing in the province of Ontario.   I am involved in the University of Toronto’s Master of Genetic Counselling Program as the Cancer Genetics course co-director, clinical supervisor and interviewer on the panel for new applicants to the program.

Riyana Babul-Hirji

Riyana Babul-Hirji, M.Sc.

Assistant Professor

Address:
Hospital for Sick Children
Div. of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Suite 940
525 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 2L3

Phone #: 416-813-5875


Education:

M.Sc.:  McGill University
B.Sc.:  University of Toronto


Biosketch:

Riyana Babul-Hirji MSc, CGC, received a Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from McGill University in 1993, following which she joined the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).  In 1999, she was certified in Genetic Counselling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and in 2010 was nominated by her peers as a Master Genetic Counselor to help in creating a video library for teaching genetic counselling microskills.  Riyana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and in 2013 was appointed Assistant Program Director – Operations of the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto.  As well, she holds a Project Investigator appointment in the Research Institute at SickKids due to her involvement in clinical research (process of genetic counseling and adolescent genetic counselling studies).   Riyana’s areas of clinical specialty include autism and disorders of sexual differentiation.  Riyana is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counsellors (NSGC).


Melanie Care

Melanie Care, M.Sc.

Instructor

Address:
Mt. Sinai Hospital
3rd floor, Rm. 400
60 Murray St.
Toronto, ON, M5T 3L9

Phone #: 416-586-4800 ext. 4230


Education:

M.Sc.:  University of Toronto
B.Sc.:  McMaster University


Biosketch:

Melanie Care, MSc, CCGC, obtained her Honours Biology degree from McMaster University, completed her Genetic Counselling training at the University of Toronto and was certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors in 2000. She began her career in the Genetics Program at North York General Hospital, where she had primary roles with the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic and the Ontario Maternal Serum Screening program.  Since 2007, Melanie has been a member of the Fred A. Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine, a combined adult clinical genetics program of the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital.  She has developed a clinical and research interest in the area of cardiac genetics and has been working with the Heritable Arrhythmia Clinic at Toronto General Hospital since its inception in 2012.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Melanie has been involved with the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors as a member (2008-2009) and subsequent Chair (2010-2011) of the CAGC Certification Board (2010-2011) and co-chair of the local organizing committee for the 2013 Annual Education Conference.

David Chitayat

David Chitayat, MD, FABMG, FACMG, FCCMG, FRCPC

Professor

Address:
Ontario Power Generation Bldg.
Rm. 3-709
700 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z5

Phone #: 416-586-4523


Additional Affiliations:

Hospital Affiliation: Mount Sinai Hospital, Sickkids Hospital


Education:

Fellowship in Medical Genetics:  Yeshiva University and University of British Columbia
M.D.:  Tel-Aviv University

 
Biosketch:

David Chitayat, MD, received his MD degree from Tel-Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine. After graduating he served in the Israeli Defense Force and was promoted to the rank of Major. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center and did fellowships in Medical Genetics at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, and at the Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia. He joined the Division of Clinical Genetics, McGill University in 1989. In 1991, he joined Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at SickKids and was appointed as the co-Director, and in 1998 as Head, of The Prenatal Diagnosis Program at The Toronto General Hospital. The program moved to Mount Sinai Hospital in 2000 and he was appointed as the Head of The Prenatal Diagnosis and Medical Genetics Program. In 1998, he was appointed Medical Director of the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chitayat is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and is a fellow of the following colleges: RCPSC, CCMG, ABMG, ACMG.

 

Dr. Chitayat has published over 15 book chapters and over 300 peer reviewed papers.  

 

Cheryl Cytrynbaum

Cheryl Cytrynbaum, M.S.

Lecturer

Address:
Hospital for Sick Children
Div. of Clinical & Metabolic Genetics
555 University Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8

Phone #: 416-813-5334


Education:

M.S.:  University of Madison
B.Sc.:  McGill University

Rochelle Demsky

Rochelle Demsky, M.S.

Instructor

Address:
Princess Margaret Hospital
Rm. M-704,
610 University Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5G 2M9

Phone #: 416-946-2270


Education:

M.S.:  Sarah Lawrence College
B.Sc.:  McGill University


Biosketch:

Rochelle Demsky MS, CGC, received a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999. In 1999, she was certified in Genetic Counselling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine until 2002. She coordinated several research studies including a study of prostate cancer in Ashkenazi Jewish men as well as developed a cancer genetics program at White Plains Hospital. In 2002, Rochelle joined the genetics department at Beth Israel Medical Center and Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. She continued to develop their cancer genetics program until 2004. In 2006, Rochelle moved to Toronto and joined the Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic at Princess Margaret Cancer Center (PMCC).  She is a genetic counsellor (PMCC) and a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto. Additionally, she is a co-investigator on a number of research studies related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome.

Harriet Druker

Harriet Druker, M.Sc.

Lecturer

Address:
Hospital for Sick Children
Cancer Genetics Program
555 University Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8

Phone #: 416-813-8597


Education:

M.Sc.:  McGill University
B.Sc.:  McGill University


Biosketch:

Harriet Druker, MSc, received a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from McGill University in 1996.  Prior to joining the Cancer Genetics Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in 2000, she worked in Prenatal Diagnosis at The Toronto General Hospital and in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Harriet is a senior cancer genetic counsellor who helped to establish the first paediatric Cancer Genetics Program in North America.  She is the Director of the Cancer Genetic Counselling Course for Master students at The University of Toronto.  Additionally, she has served as a clinical supervisor to hundreds of students.  She is a principal investigator and co-investigator on a number of research studies related to hereditary cancer syndromes.  She is a member of three international research groups (International Research Consortium for Bi-Allelic Mismatch Repair, DICER1 International Research Group, LiFE International Research Consortium for Li-Fraumeni Syndrome).  Harriet holds a national board position as a member of the Genetic Counselling Awareness Week Committee with the Canadian Association for Genetic Counsellors. 

Lucie Dupuis

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Lucie Dupuis, M.S.

Lecturer

Address:
Hospital for Sick Children
Div. of Clinical & Metabolic Genetics
555 University Ave.
Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8

Phone #: 416-813-8484


Education:

M.S.:  Brandeis University
M.Sc.:  McGill University
B.Sc.:  Bishop's University

Lucie Dupuis has been a genetic counsellor in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) since 1998. She joined SickKids after receiving her master of science in genetic counselling from Brandeis University in 1998. In addition, she received a master of science in biology/human genetics from McGill University in 1996. She has a special interest in paediatric genetics and skeletal dysplasias. She was certified in Genetic Counselling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1999. Lucie is an active member of the The Bone Health Centre at Sickkids which focuses on improving the care of children with generalized bone disorders including osteoporosis, osteopenia, metabolic bone disease and skeletal dysplasias. She is also involved in multiple research studies related to skeletal dysplasias and inherited bone disorders