Oncology Fundamentals Day 2018 Speaker Biographies

Michael Collins, Grand River Regional Cancer Centre and Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON

Michael Collins is an Oncology Pharmacist at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (GRRCC) and Grand River Hospital (GRH) in Kitchener, Ontario.  He graduated from the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He then went on to complete a Pharmacy Residency at Hamilton Health Sciences in 2012.

From there, Michael began working as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Internal Medicine and Oncology programs at Grand River Hospital. He completed his PharmD in 2015 and has since worked as an Oncology Pharmacist at GRRCC/GRH. Prior to pharmacy, Michael completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2005 and a Master of Biomedical Technology from the University of Calgary in 2007.

Mark Diachinsky, Alberta Health Services Edmonton, AB

Mark Diachinsky is a pediatric oncology clinical pharmacist at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. He received his BScPharm from the University of Alberta in 2011 and has been practicing in pediatric oncology since graduation. He has practiced in a variety of pediatric settings including neonatal intensive care, cardiology and medicine, although he has primarily specialized in inpatient pediatric oncology for the last 7 years. In 2018, he started a new practice in the pediatric oncology ambulatory clinic, specializing in patients that have undergone a bone marrow transplant. He works within a multidisciplinary team to help manage complications post-BMT including GVHD, immunosuppression, infections and other supportive care measures. He is currently the vice-chair of the Education Committee for the CSHP Alberta Branch.

Tara Leslie, University of Alberta /Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Tara Leslie is a Assistant Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta.  She teaches various oncology topics and is also part of the experiential education team.  Tara maintains a clinical practice in hematology with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, AB.  She has been very involved with CAPhO for many years.  

Nicole MacDonald, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer, St. Johns, NL

Nicole MacDonald is a clinical oncology pharmacist at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She graduated from Memorial University in 2015 and went on to complete a hospital residency in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2016. She has worked in oncology since 2016 with experience in a variety of areas, most recently focusing on breast cancer. She is currently completing her Doctor of Pharmacy through the University of Toronto.

Tom McFarlane, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

Dr. Tom McFarlane is Clinical Lecturer and researcher at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in Kitchener, Ontario, where he created, coordinates, and teaches the oncology portion of the curriculum in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. He is also an oncology pharmacist at Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Glenn Myers, The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, NB

Glenn Myers is a clinical pharmacist in outpatient oncology and emergency medicine at The Moncton Hospital in Moncton, New Brunswick. Glenn completed a BSc (Pharmacy) at Dalhousie University in 2011 and subsequently went on to complete his hospital residency at the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John, NB. Glenn has been in oncology for 6 years and focuses on clinical assessment and management of chemotherapy and immune related adverse effects. Glenn enjoys teaching and mentoring various levels of pharmacy learners, as well as providing education to healthcare professionals regarding oncology therapeutics. 

Uzo Onochie-Roy, The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre/Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre, Ottawa, ON

Uzo Onochie-Roy has been a pharmacist at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre/Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre, Ottawa, Ontario for almost 10 years and has practiced in the Oncology setting since 1999; previously at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1999, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Ottawa in 1993.  

Uzo is the disease site specialty pharmacist for Central Nervous System cancers at TOHCC and has recently initiated a pharmacist dexamethasone tapering monitoring program in this role.