Vancouver PCSC Program Team
S. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD
Director & Founder
Dr. Goldenberg is the Director and founder of the PCSC Program and a Professor for the Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC. He is a urologic surgeon and clinical scientist with an international reputation for excellence in prostate cancer research and treatment. He has been recognized for his contributions to health care by being inducted into the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.
Celestia S. Higano, MD FACP
Dr. Higano is a prostate cancer specialist, and is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Genitourinary Oncology Clinical Research Group at the University of Washington and a member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Monita Sundar, MA
Provincial Program Manager
Monita Sundar is the Provincial Program Manager for the PCSC Program in addition to overseeing the Vancouver PCSC Program. Prior to joining the PCSC program in 2014, Monita worked in Cardiology at VGH for over 19 years in various roles including clinical research coordinator and project consultant. Monita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Gerontology, both from SFU. Monita is passionate about educating older adults to better understand their health condition, and how to implement strategies and programs that will promote better health and quality of life.
Jenna Bentley, BA
Jenna is the Program Coordinator for the PCSC Program in Vancouver. Jenna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and has previous experience working with a variety of non-profit organizations within both the health and legal fields; including organizations such as Access Pro Bono & the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Within the PCSC Program, Jenna is the primary point of contact for patients to enroll in the program and coordinates the education sessions and clinics offered in Vancouver.
Ryan Flannigan, MD FRCSC
Sexual Health Lead
Dr. Flannigan has recently joined the PCSC Program after having completed a 2-year fellowship in Male Reproduction at Weill Cornell Medicine and Sexual Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering with Dr. John Mulhall, in New York. Dr. Flannigan’s clinical practice focuses on men with male infertility, and sexual dysfunction. He specializes in medical and surgical management of erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and low testosterone as well as treatment of infertile men. As the clinical lead for the Sexual Health Module, Dr. Flannigan will be working with the sexual health clinicians to optimize delivery of sexual health care and access to men across the province.
Christine Zarowski, RN
Christine Zarowski, is the primary Sexual Health Clinician to the PCSC Program and has extensive experience as a rehabilitation nurse since 1986. Prior to joining the PCSC Program in June 2013, she worked at the Sexual Health Rehabilitation Service at G.F. Strong for 11 years, where she helped provide education and support to clients and families who experienced changes to sexuality as a result of a disability.
Stacy Elliott, MD
Sexual Health Physician
Dr. Elliott is a Sexual Medicine Physician whose interests lie in sexual rehabilitation after prostate cancer treatment. Dr. Elliott is a well-recognized Canadian expert in the field of male sexual dysfunction and an invited international speaker. She is also a Clinical Professor with the Departments of Psychiatry and Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia.
Nicholas Pratap, BSc, CEP
Certified Exercise Physiologist
Nick Pratap is the Clinical Exercise Physiologist for the PCSC program. Nick completed his BSc in Kinesiology at SFU with a concentration in active health and rehabilitation. He is currently certified as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to working at the prostate clinic, Nick is an Exercise Physiologist for Cardiac Rehab at VGH. Nick looks forward to working with the PCSC team and using his knowledge to help patients use exercise as a staple in their treatment.
Sarah Weller, CSEP-CEP
Certified Exercise Physiologist
Sarah Weller is a cancer exercise specialist who uses exercise to help reduce the side-effects of both the cancer and its treatments. Sarah received her Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (2006) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and has recently started a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Science with University of British Columbia. Sarah is the Clinical Lead for the Provincial Exercise working group.
Nikita Ivanov MN-NP
Nikita is a Nurse Practitioner practicing at BC Cancer – Vancouver with the Genitourinary Tumor group. In collaboration with his interdisciplinary colleagues, Nikita provides systemic treatment, evaluates treatment response, assesses and manage chronic conditions and symptoms related to the chemotherapy in patients with prostate, testicular, kidney and bladder cancers. Nikita runs monthly education sessions where he provides education on side effects management of androgen deprivation therapy to prostate cancer patients. He also is available for 1-on-1 clinic appointments for patients for more individualized support.
Marcy Dayan BSR, MHA
Marcy Dayan is a registered physiotherapist with expertise in the management and treatment of incontinence, genital and rectal pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic musculoskeletal dysfunction. She has a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and a Master of Health Administration from UBC. She presents an information session for prostate cancer patients who will be having or have had treatment on Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence. Marcy also runs a weekly clinic for patients post-treatment where she uses biofeedback to help manage urinary incontinence.
Eugenia Wu, BSc, CCRP
Clinical Research Coordinator
Eugenia Wu is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the PCSC Program. She studied Pharmacology at the University of Toronto and has worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Cardiology research prior to this role. She is coordinating a number of studies for the PCSC Program and also helps with maintaining the clinical database within the program.
Mika Vivar, BSc
Mika joined our team as the PCSC Program’s Research Assistant. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia in 2016. Mika has been involved in research since 2014, having had experience working in Biochemistry, and Cellular Physiology labs within the UBC Department of Medicine, as well as Cereal Molecular Biology research for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, AB. She has also volunteered as a Student Researcher in Interventional Radiology at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. Most recently, Mika worked towards generating case reports to explore the use of medical cannabis for pain intervention.
Niall Johal, BSc
Niall joined the PCSC Program in Vancouver as a Research Assistant. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2018. Niall has past laboratory research experience through UBC’s Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences and clinical research experience through the Division of Cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital. He was previously working as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver General Hospital supporting various activities related to an on-going pilot study focusing on the implementation and evaluation of quality indicators for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation.
Angela Hwang, BSc
Medical Office Assistant
Angela has joined the PCSC program as our new administrative assistant. She received her degree in Global Health at the University of British Columbia. Her interest in the health field at a public and community level have developed significantly through working as a research assistant at the public health research centre. Before joining the PCSC team, she also worked as a medical receptionist at different clinics around Vancouver, which she found extremely rewarding, as she was able to help provide high-quality health care services to patients.