Sonia Fernandes is the VM Breast and Oncology Patient Director and Navigator. She oversees all the patient-related activities and experiences. She developed an interest in medical management. Her career took a new direction when exposed to a close family member with cancer that made her acutely aware of difficulties involved with oncology care. Sonia’s eagerness to learn led her to take on the challenge of making a difference for oncology patients, right from the first day and thereafter. Her empathy and dedication is focused on making every oncology patient feel reassured, guided and supported through their journey. Her educational activities include having completed the NCBC’s Oncology Navigator Accreditation Program, helping her optimize and coordinate all services, appointments and treatment plans. Sonia strives to exceed her patient’s expectations and also to ensure that she provides her patients with the uttermost and personal care, thus fulfilling the VMOF patient-centered mission.
As the first of seven children, Carla has had caring and empathetic virtues from an early age. Her first steps into the workforce, saw her be a caregiver to children with special needs where she would lovingly tend to each of the children as if they were her very own. After spending 10 years caring for these children, Carla was in search for a new challenge and ultimately decided to join a research group affiliated to the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatics and Occupational Health at McGill University. Here, she supervised students taking part in a research study that aimed to prove that stroke survivors still had means to improve their condition past the suggested six month-recovery period, even if they did not have access to a rehabilitation program during that time. Another ten years later, and again in search for a new challenge, but still waiting to nurture her devotion to help people, Carla joined the VM Medical Center. Carla occupies a crucial Supervisor mandate overseeing and optimizing the oncology patients' ability to access the appropriate clinical experts, technology, and support staff. This includes greeting and directing the patients through the different clinical areas while aiming to decrease the usual anxiety. She is committed to optimize the patients' experience.
Jennifer Sonac is a McGill University graduate, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology. During her years of study at McGill, she was also involved with a multidisciplinary health clinic where she carried out administrative responsibilities and project management.
Her experience includes having evaluated how a Breast and Oncology clinic operates, not only on the front-end with patients, but behind the scenes as well. Working on various projects from patient care to implementing new procedures and programs, she’s learned how paramount behind-the-scenes work is and how profoundly it can affect patient care, which must always remain the priority. It was partly because of her managerial expertise that she was asked to join the Ville Marie Oncology Foundation (VMOF) to help breast cancer patients. She jumped at the opportunity to be a part of a not-for-profit organization that helps women and those affected by Breast Cancer on a local and global scale.
Guy Goffredo “Gates”
Guy is the owner of a graphic design and print media company.
He has over 30 years’ experience in the graphic design industry. His numerous talents include the transfer of his knowledge and skills into the new digital age. His commitment to his art has been much appreciated by educational, scientific and medical-related companies and entities, where he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to identify the needs and missions. He works in, and often leads, different team models to ensure the success of the projects.
Guy has been involved with the governance of sitting on a number of committee boards, including educational Governing Boards for over 10 years, as well as being Chairman for a number of those years. Among his numerous mandates, he was an elected member for nearly a decade working with different sub-committees, such as Student Transport and Student bullying.
He has acquired over the years privileged access to how medical is currently provided and has developed a significant vision of how it can be improved and the importance of constantly supporting the patients throughout their medical sojourn.
Guy has learnt the art of working together with committee members and professionals, using combined resources to achieve goals and mandates. He is dedicated to improve both access and management of oncology patients.
John R. Keyserlingk M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S.
Dr. John R. Keyserlingk, completed his specialty training in both General Surgery and Otolaryngology at McGill, and a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University and a member of the Department of Surgery at the Université de Montréal. He was a staff surgeon in the Divisions of General surgery, Surgical Oncology and Otolaryngology at St. Mary’s Hospital, the Department of Surgery at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital, the Division of General Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital and previously at the Department of Otolaryngology at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He is a Fellow of a number of societies including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Dr. Keyserlingk is the founder and currently the Medical Director of the VM (Ville Marie) Medical and Women’s Health Center, which includes the VM Multidisciplinary Breast and Oncology Centers, the on-site VMmed MRI / Radiology, PET-CT & Nuclear Imaging Centers. He is assisted by a team of physicians and radiologists who work with an on-site team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, as well as an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, genetic counsellors, kinesiologists and nutritionists. Together their mission is to optimize breast cancer prevention and early detection.
Dr. Keyserlingk also sat for 8 years on the Board of the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC), which is composed of over 500 Breast Centers across the world, of which the VMmed Breast Center is the first Canadian NCBC member. He also co-chairs the NCBC International Committee, and chairs the NCBC’s International Delegate Program which he founded in 2013. He has taken a strong public stand on the rights of patients to have dignified access to the best technology available, and both published and presented on issues regarding breast cancer prevention and early detection.
Dawn Anderson M.D., B.Sc., (Med) F.R.C.S.(C)
Dr. Dawn Anderson gained her MD, research degree (BSc. Med) and completed her Internship at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg then headed west to Vancouver to undertake a Residency in General Surgery at the University of British Columbia.
She subsequently completed 5 years as a locum tenens General Surgeon in various towns across central and northern BC. Finding the idea of further academic study appealing she then came to Montreal for a 2 year fellowship in Surgical Oncology at McGill, and never left!
Dr. Anderson is currently an Assistant Professor in the departments of Oncology and Surgery at McGill University, the Head of Surgical Oncology at VMmed and the Divisional Director of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology at St. Mary’s Hospital. Her oncologic focus is breast, thyroid and colon cancer.
In addition to evaluating and operating on cancer patients she prepares and dictates the weekly review of all cancers seen at the weekly VMmed Oncology-Pathology Rounds and also participates in the weekly Tumour Conference at St Mary’s Hospital. She is an active collaborator with her colleagues in Medical and Radiation Oncology at McGill University by, among other things, recruiting patients for multicenter research trials in breast and rectal cancer.
Daniel Tozzi M.D.C.M., L.M.C.C.
Director of Professional Services
Offering Services in Breast Cancer Prevention and Detection
Naim Otaky M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Gerry N. Polyhronopoulos M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Gordon Brabant M.D.C.M., F.R.C.S.(C)
Morris Browman M.D., B.Sc., DABR, F.R.C.P.(C)
Director of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
Ingrid Hyder M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Tarek Hijal M.D., F.R.C.P.
Michael Thirlwell MD, ABIM, FACP
Jamil Asselah MD
Sylvain Beaulieu M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Director of Nuclear Imaging and PET/CT Nuclear Medicine
Gail Goldman M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)
Kelsey Bennet M.D., C.C.F.P