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

Medical Director

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. 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

Program Coordinator

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 all of 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

Registered Nurse

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

Exercise Clinical Lead

Nick Pratap is the Exercise Clinical Lead 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 with patients in the PCSC Exercise 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.

Charlene Chen BSc, RD, MA

Nutrition Clinical Lead

Charlene is a Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Lead for the PCSC Program. She brings decades of clinical nutrition experience from working at VGH in fields such as cardiology, peri-op nutrition, surgical oncology, organ transplants, as well as consumer nutrition and wellness in areas of obesity, supplement usage, health eating and aging, and lifestyle management. Charlene graduated with Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from UBC, finished her dietetic internship in Toronto, and later returned to complete her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Charlene supports the RDs in providing clients with the most current and evidence-based nutrition information in order to optimize clients’ prostate journey.

Andrea Holmes, RD

Registered Dietitian

Andrea Holmes is a Registered Dietitian for the Vancouver PCSC Program. She brings 20 years of experience working in the area of oncology nutrition. First, with BC Cancer in the Department of Epidemiology as a dietitian with the Canadian Diet and Breast Cancer Study, and for the past 15 years as the oncology dietitian at HealthLink BC. During that time, she developed a strong relationship with the PCSC Program as a guest speaker for the nutrition education sessions, a presenter at professional and public conferences and a co-creator of the PCSC Program nutrition education resources. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys yoga, and walking adventures with her dog, husband and two children.

Nikita Ivanov, MN-NP

Nurse Practitioner

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

Registered Physiotherapist

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.

Monica Hu, MA, RCC

Counselling Clinical Lead

Monica Hu, has a Bachelor of Education and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Monica has provided individual, couple, family, and group counselling specifically to cancer patients and their families with the BC Cancer Patient and Family Counselling for seven years, and more recently also with the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program. Group counselling has included facilitating adult patient support groups as well as relaxation and wellness groups. Monica has more than twenty years’ prior experience in leadership, consulting and teaching. She has active interests in education and research initiatives that improve the experience and support of patients and their families.

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.

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.

Amber Chan, BKin

Clinical Research Assistant

Amber Chan is a Clinical Research Assistant for the PCSC Program who recently graduated from the Kinesiology program at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include geriatrics and chronic conditions. Outside of the PCSC, Amber is actively working on a number of research projects including projects on physiotherapists’ use of resisted exercise for older adults in acute care, objective measures of physical activity for patients with arthritis, and VO2 data post-processing methods in patients with spinal cord injuries. She is working on various studies for the PCSC program and also helps to maintain the clinical database within the program.

Dean Yoo

UBC Science Co-Op Student

Dean Yoo is a UBC Co-Op student working with the PCSC Program’s research team. He is a third year Honours Biology student at the University of British Columbia and is currently working at the program as part of an 8-month Co-Op term. Dean hopes to gain experience working in clinical settings, as well as further exploring his interest in clinical research. He is assisting with the different studies that the PCSC Program continues to work on, and helps to maintain the clinical database for the program.

CONTACT

pcsc@vch.ca   |   604-875-4485