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North West Regional Cancer Program

The North West Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the areas reaching from east of White River to the Manitoba border in the west, and from Hudson Bay in the north to the United States border in the south.

Service Partners

Regional Cancer Care Northwest

Regional Cancer Care Northwest is a full-service regional cancer program providing prevention and screening services, diagnostic services, cancer treatment, survivorship services and palliative care services. The regional cancer program serves approximately 250,000 residents of Northwestern Ontario.

Established in 1948, the program consists of a regional cancer centre, located at Thunder Bay

Regional Health Sciences Centre, 13 satellite chemotherapy clinics in partner hospitals, as well as many other diagnostic service partners throughout the North West LHIN. Regional Cancer Care Northwest is a leading champion of telemedicine, enabling patients in our vast region to receive care closer to home.

Partner Hospitals


Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-President, North West Regional Cancer Program

Dr. Mark Henderson

A highly respected practitioner, mentor and educator, Dr. Mark Henderson was appointed Regional Vice-President for Cancer Care Ontario, North West Regional Cancer Program on September 1, 2012. He is also Executive Vice-President of Patient Services, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and previously was the medical director of the Cardiovascular and Stroke Program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

With 30 years clinical experience, Dr. Henderson is a leading interventional cardiologist who is an associate professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and has also served as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie medical schools and held a number of senior leadership positions in cardiac programs including:

  • Director of Coronary Care Unit, Toronto General and Victoria General Hospital (Halifax)
  • Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Royal Columbian Hospital (Vancouver) and Victoria General Hospital (Halifax)
  • Head, Department of Cardiac Services, at Royal Columbian Hospital (Vancouver)

Dr. Henderson received his medical training at King’s College Medical School, University of London, U.K. He relocated to Canada in 1977 and continued his studies with the University of Toronto, completing his internal medical specialty at Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, in 1979. His cardiology fellowship was completed at the Toronto General Hospital in 1982. His portfolio includes extensive cardiac research published in leading national and international medical journals.

Regional Clinical Leads

Regional Clinical Leads in the North West Regional Cancer Program

  • Cancer Surgery
    Dr. Kenneth Gehman
  • Systemic Treatment (Chemotherapy)
    Dr. Nicole Laferriere
  • Radiation Treatment
    Dr. Margaret Anthes
  • Palliative Care
    Dr. Kathy Simpson
  • Primary Care
    Dr. Nicole Zavagnin
    Dr. Claudette Chase
  • Breast Imaging
    Dr. Richard Bitar
  • Pathology
    Dr. Meagan Kennedy
  • Cervical Screening/Colposcopy
    Dr. Naana Jumah
  • Imaging Quality
    Dr. Jonathan Boekhoud
  • Aboriginal Cancer
  • Colorectal Screening and Endoscopy
    Dr. William Harris
  • Medical Lead, Screen for Life Mobile Coach
    Dr. Stephanie Block
  • Patient Education
    Heather Neilson-Clayton
  • Psyco/Social Oncology & Symptom Management
    Susie Hamilton
  • Patient and Family Centred Care
    David McConnell
  • Regional Smoking Cessation Champion
    Kelly-Jo Gillis


Cancer Program Council

  • Andrea Docherty, Program Director, Regional Cancer Program
  • Cathy Paroschy-Harris, Director, Prevention and Screening Services
  • Chris McNaughton, Manager 1A Medicine/Oncology Unit
  • Dr. Claudette Chase, Regional Primary Care Lead
  • Dr. Colleen Valente, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Meagan Kennedy, Pathologist
  • David McConnell, Manager, Radiation Therapy & Surgical Oncology
  • Dr. Nicole Zavagnin, Regional Primary Care Lead
  • Heather Neilson-Clayton, Outpatient Counsellor, Cancer Care, Supportive Care
  • Jeannie Faubert, Patient Family Advisor
  • Jacqueline Veneruz, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Karen Roberts, Manager, Outpatient Nursing and Clinic Operations
  • Dr. Kathy Simpson, Regional Palliative Care Lead
  • Kelly-Jo Gillis, Manager, Preventive Health Services
  • Dr. Kenneth Gehman, Surgical Oncology Lead
  • Dr. Jonathan Boekhoud, Cancer Imaging Lead
  • Dr. Mark Henderson, Regional Vice-President, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Sam McKnight, Director, Diagnostics
  • Dr. Nicole Laferriere, Systemic Treatment (Chemotherapy) Lead, Medical Director of Regional Cancer Program and Chief of Oncology
  • Pascal Rivest, Decision Support
  • Dr. Peter McGhee, Director, Medical Physics
  • Adam Vinet, Director, Surgical and Ambulatory Care Services
  • Dr. Margaret Anthes, Radiation Treatment Lead
  • Tarja Heiskanen, Manager, Prevention & Screening Services
  • Karen Roberts, Manager, of Outpatient Clinics, Supportive and Pallative Care