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Central East Regional Cancer Program

The Central East Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the residents of Haliburton, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Durham, Northumberland and Scarborough.

Service Partners 

R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre 

Located in Oshawa, the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre delivers a wide spectrum of cancer services to the residents served by the Central East Regional Cancer Program. Completed in 2007 as a partnership between Cancer Care Ontario and Lakeridge Health, the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre is a 90,000-square foot facility that houses cutting-edge equipment and a team of oncology specialists committed to providing quality cancer care. 

Partner Hospitals 


Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-President, Central East Regional Cancer Program

Tom McHugh

Tom McHugh has been Regional Vice-President of the Central East Regional Cancer Program since 2012. In this role he provides leadership to the Durham Regional Cancer Centre and works to ensure the provision of high quality cancer services across the Central East. Tom is also Executive Vice-President at Lakeridge Health where in addition to leading one of Ontario’s top cancer programs, he is also advancing the hospital’s new Strategic Plan and future capital building program. Other successes he’s helped drive at Lakeridge Health include the introduction of digital pathology that vastly improves the time to diagnosis; the creation of the first certified biobank at a community hospital in Canada; and an award-winning energy-retrofit plan designed to save the hospital $25 million over the next 20 years.

Tom has more than 20 years of experience leading quality and innovation in health care. As former shared president and CEO of Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and Alexandra Hospital – Ingersoll, Tom championed patient care improvements through his work with the South West Regional Cancer Services Alliance, the Provincial Orthopaedic Expert Panel and many partner organizations. Tom is a registered occupational therapist.

Regional Clinical Leads

Regional Clinical Leads in the Central East Regional Cancer Program

  • Surgical Oncology
    Dr. Julia Jones
  • Systemic Treatment Quality
    Dr. Jim Chiarotto
  • Radiation Treatment 
    Dr. Medhat El-Mallah
  • Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Leads
    Dr. Ed Osborne & Tanya Burr
  • Primary Care, Screening & Clinical
    Dr. Onye Nnoram
  • Pathology
    Dr. Katie O’Reilly
  • Breast Imaging
    Dr. Antony Raikhlin
  • Cancer Imaging
    Dr. Gus Dotsikas
  • Aboriginal Cancer
    Dr. Jason Pennington
  • Colorectal Screening/GI (Gastrointestinal) Endoscopy
    Dr. Hugh Kendall
  • Cervical Screening/ Colposcopy
    Dr. Nathan Roth
  • Oncology Nursing
    Darrilyn Lessels
  • Patient & Family Engagement & Experience
    Debbie Devitt
  • Patient Education
    Debbie Devitt
  • Psychosocial Oncology
    Patti Argier
  • Ontario Cancer Symptoms Management Collaborative (OCSMC)
    Debbie Devitt

Leadership Committee

Central East Regional Cancer Program Leadership Committee Members

  • Tom McHugh
    Regional Vice President
    Central East Regional Cancer Services
  • Patti Marchand
    Clinical Director, Durham Regional Cancer Centre
    Regional Lead, DAP
  • Kirsten Burgomaster
    Regional Director
    Central East Regional Cancer Program
  • Dr. Leta Forbes
    Chief and Medical Director, Oncology
  • Elayne Carson
    Interim Regional Manager, Prevention & Cancer Screening
  • Matt Melinyshyn
    Senior Project Lead
  • Debbie Devitt
    Patient Experience
  • Patti Argier
    Psychosocial Oncology
  • Darrilyn Lessels
    Oncology Nursing
  • Rupam Shah
    Financial Analyst
  • Lindsay Cochrane
    Communications Specialist
  • Ann Wehrstein
    Director, Oncology
    Northumberland Hills Hospital
  • Jennifer White
    Interim Director, Regional Renal, Metabolic & Oncology Programs
    Peterborough Regional Health Centre
  • Trixie Williams
    Director, Oncology
    The Scarborough Rouge Hospital
  • Dr. Jeff Tanguay
  • Dr. Ed Osborne
    Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead
  • Dr. Jim Chiarotto
    Systemic Treatment Quality
  • Dr. Gus Dotsikas
    Cancer Imaging 
  • Dr. Hugh Kendall
    Regional Colorectal Screening/GI (Gastrointestinal) Endoscopy
  • Dr. Julia Jones
    Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Lori Moore
    Breast Imaging
  • Dr. Medhad El-Mallah
  • Dr. Onye Nnoram
    Primary Care (Screening/Clinical)
  • Dr. Jason Pennington
    Aboriginal Cancer
  • Dr. Nathan Roth
    Regional Colposcopy/Cervical Screening