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Anna Zhu

B.S. Statistics, SMU 2021
B.A. Biology, SMU 2021
B.A. Music, SMU 2021

Projects:

  • Breast Density and Image Quality Analysis
  • Segmentation of CT images with Deep Learning AI for Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

Anna grew up in Houston, TX and is currently a senior studying at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She joined the Early Detection Research Group in the summer of 2020 and is working on the two projects mentioned above. In her spare time, Anna enjoys cooking and making music.

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Dr. Lisa Kanary

PhD, University of New Brunswick
B.Sc. Cape Breton University

Radiation Oncologist

Projects:

  • Family Burden

Lisa is involved in modelling breast cancer incidence and early detection, and measuring the impact on young families and caregivers of those diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Dr. Elena Ostroumov

PhD

Cancer Biologist

Elena has a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry followed by postdoctoral training in Cancer Biology and Immunology. Her further research was focused on studying intracellular malignant pathways in variety of cancers, and identifying mechanisms for therapeutic intervention. Elena’s current research interest lies in the field of clinical studies aiming at breast cancer risk estimation in the female population of British Columbia at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior. Elena’s other activities include academic teaching and facilitation.

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Dr. Cynthia Araujo

PhD MCCPM

Medical Physicist

Dr. Cynthia Araujo is a Senior Medical Physicist at the Centre for the Southern Interior of the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna. Her work focuses on the safe and effective use of radiation for the treatment of cancer. She is interested in developments in early detection to reduce the effects of cancer.

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Dr. Sarah Lucas

MD, University of British Columbia

Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Sarah Lucas is a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna. She received her MD from the UBC, Northern Medical Program and completed her Radiation Oncology residency at UBC in Vancouver.

Here in the Okanagan, Sarah enjoys mountain biking, running and stand up paddle boarding with her husband and daughter. She is also dabbling in amateur photography in her spare time. 

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Dr. Sara Taylor

MD, McGill University
Medical Oncology Residency, Queen’s University
Breast Cancer and Early Development Fellowship, University of Toronto

Medical Oncologist

Dr. Sara Taylor is a medical oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna.  She is the medical director of the Clinical Trials Unit at CSI and is passionate about breast cancer and new drug development.  She is interested improving outcomes for patients at all stages of their disease, including optimizing early detection of cancer to make treatments more effective.

Sara enjoys the outdoor life in the Okanagan including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and playing with her kids.

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Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe

PhD (University of Manitoba) FCCPM

Medical Physicist

Dr. Rasika Rajapakshe is a senior medical physicist at the Center for the Southern Interior of the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna. He has been involved in the Screening Mammography Program of British Columbia (SMPBC) since 1995. Currently he is the Physics Leader for the SMPBC. He is also a member of the Academic and Screeners Advisory committees of the SMPBC. He is the Chairman of the Physics of Mammography Accreditation Committee at the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine. He also serves as an external reviewer for the Mammography Accreditation Program of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR-MAP).

Read Rasika’s story in Forward magazine here.

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Dr. Michael Humer

MD

Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Michael Humer is a Thoracic Surgeon for the Interior Health Authority. In addition to running telethoracic clinics to Cranbrook, Trail, Nelson, Kamloops and Williams Lake, inside IHA, he also conducts telethoracic clinics for Prince George and Quesnel in the Northern Health Authority.

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Dr. Islam Mohamed

MD, University of Alberta

Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Islam Mohamed is a radiation oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna.

Islam enjoys life in the Okanagan including running, hiking, splitting logs.  

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Dr. Brenda Farnquist

MD, University of British Columbia
RCPSC Fellow, Residence Queen’s University
Women’s Imaging and MSK Imaging Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Diagnostic Radiologist

Dr. Brenda Farnquist is a diagnostic radiologist at Kelowna General Hospital. She is a screening mammographer with the SMPBC and current Education Director for the radiology department. She has interests in breast, body, and musculoskeletal imaging including breast, prostate, pelvic and musculoskeletal MRI and image guided (particularly ultrasound) musculoskeletal procedures.

Brenda is active outside of work, enjoying cycling, triathlons, and trail running. She and her husband have a Portuguese Water Dog named Porter, who shares in their outdoor activities.