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 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.

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.

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

Christine Zarowski, RN

Sexual Health Clinician

Christine Zarowski, RN, 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.

David Kuhl, MD, PhD

Psycho-oncology Lead 

Dr. David Kuhl, MD, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Family Practice and Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kuhl graduated with a Masters in Health Sciences (Community Health and Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto in 1981, and received his medical degree from McMaster University in 1985. Dr. Kuhl is Module lead for the Counselling module of the PCSC Program. 

Marcy Dayan BSR, MHA

Registered Physiotherapist

Marcy Dayan BSR, MHA, 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.

Sarah Weller, CSEP-CEP

Certified Exercise Physiologist

Sarah Weller, CSEP-CEP 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

Nurse Practitioner

Nikita Ivanov MN-NP Nikita is a Nurse Practitioner practicing at the Vancouver British Columbia Cancer Agency 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.

Caroline Pollock, BSc, RD

Registered Dietitian

Caroline is a Registered Dietitian and will be seeing patients one-day a week in our program. Caroline also works for BC Cancer as a clinical dietitian, working closely with cancer patients as they are undergoing treatment and she works with the Vancouver Farmer’s Market as the manager of the West End Farmers Market. Caroline completed her education at the University of British Columbia and her dietetic internship with the Provincial Health Services Authority. Caroline previously worked in research in the international nutrition field with The Micronutrient Project in Uganda.

Nicholas Pratap, BSc, CEP

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Nick Pratap is the Clinical Exercise Physiologist for the PCSC program. Nick took over this role in March 2019 from Sarah Weller who was previously in this role. Nick completed his BSc in Kinesioloigy 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.

Fred Crawford, MA, RCC

Clinical Counsellor

Fred is the Clinical Counsellor for the Program. He has been a Clinical Counsellor working in the Patient and Family Counselling (PFC) department at BC Cancer since 2002. Since July 2017, Fred has worked with people with gastro-intestinal and genital urological diagnoses, including  men with prostate cancer.

He completed his Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at UBC in 2000 and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Counselling Psychology at UBC, with his dissertation focused on men who have completed treatment for prostate cancer. He is also a member of the Steering Committee at the Vancouver Prostate Support group. A native Vancouverite, he enjoys much of what this city has to offer.

Jenna Bentley, BA

Program Coordinator

Jenna is the Program Coordinator for the PCSC Program in Vancouver. Jenna recently 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. 

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.

Olga Arsovska, BSc, MA, CCRP, CPM

Clinical Research Coordinator

Olga is our Clinical Research Coordinator for the PCSC Program. Her role involves overseeing research projects and leasing with various system partners. Olga has worked in healthcare for over 10 years at VGH and BCCH. In her previous role at UBC, Olga was the Research Manager under the Dept of Urologic Sciences, where she managed all research projects, focusing on patient participation, administrative, ethics, legal, and other regulatory and research related activities.

Mika Vivar, BSc

Research Assistant

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.

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.

Nikky Kundliwal, BSc

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nikky Kundliwal joined our team in April 2019 as a research coordinator for the INTROSPPECT study. Nikky recently graduated with an Honours in Psychology from Mount Allison University. She has been awarded for her passion and leadership around advocacy for all forms of diversity, and inclusion. Her experiences, in turn, shaped her university education, as she emphasized minority representation in her Honours thesis, which explored the relationship between culture, religiosity, sexual orientation, sex education and shame, and sexual health perceptions. In her free time, Nikky enjoys cooking and dancing, preferably at the same time. In the future, Nikky hopes to become a mental health practitioner.

Sheena St. Clair

Medical Office Administrator

Sheena St. Clair joined our team in February 2017 as the PCSC Program Medical Office Administrator. Sheena completed her Medical Office Assistant certificate in 2008 at Burnaby Continuing Education. She books all the appointments for the PCSC Program clinics.

CONTACT

pcsc@vch.ca   |    604-875-4495