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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Tal Schechter-Finkelstein, MD, Staff Physician

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Physician
Haematology/Oncology

Research Institute
Project Investigator, Child Health Evaluative Services (CHES) Program
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Paediatrics


Phone: 416-813-6906
Fax: 416-813-5327
Email: tal.schechter-finkelstein@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Irene Zuniga
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 227100
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5327
Alternate Email: irene.zuniga@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Tal Schechter-Finkelstein joined the Division of Haematology-Oncology as a staff in 2009. She received her medical degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Medical School. She subsequently trained in paediatrics at Schneider Medical center, Tel-Aviv University. During her residency, Dr. Schechter-Finkelstein trained in the field of bone-marrow transplantation, in Children’s Memorial, North Western University, Chicago, IL, led by Dr. Morris Kletzel.  

She then moved to Toronto to do subspecialty training in paediatric Haematology-Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children between 2005 and 2008.  At that time she conducted pharmacokinetic studies.  In her final fellowship year Dr. Schechter-Finkelstein trained in the bone-marrow transplant program and worked as a junior staff in the blood and marrow transplant section.

Academic Background

Degrees

1999: M.D., Doctoral Dissertation, Interferon-alfa treatment induces reversal of c-ABL Methylation in chronic myeloid leukemia cell lines, Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel. Supervisor: Professor Dina Ben-Yehuda

1991 – 1999: B.Sc & M.D, Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel

Postgraduate, Research and Specialty Training

2008 – 2009: Clinical Assistant with junior staff responsibilities. Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, Division of Haematology/Oncology, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. John Doyle

2007 – 2008: BMT Fellowship, Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit, Division of Haematology/Oncology, Department of Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Supervisor: Dr. John Doyle

2004 – 2007: Clinical Fellowship, Division of Haematology/Oncology, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2003: Visiting scholar in the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Children's Memorial Hospital - Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States. Supervisor: Dr. Ram Yogev

Research Interests

Dr. Schechter-Finkelstein’s main clinical and research interests are in the fields of graft-versus host disease therapy responses, pharmacokinetic studies and late effects. She has published several peer-reviewed articles in those fields.

Her main research interests include:

  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics studies of medications used in the setting of pediatric SCT or thrombotic events.
  • GVHD in pediatric SCT with focus on its effect on survival and response to therapy.
  • Late outcomes of SCT in pediatric patients.

Clinical Care Activities

  • In-patient service in the BMT unit
  • Out-patient BMT clinic

External Funding

  • C17 Research Network
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Bridge Grant
  • Rally Foundation, Collaborative Pediatric Cancer Research Program.  
  • Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
  • Garron Family Cancer Centre

Achievements

  • 2015 Junior Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in Paediatric Medical Care, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.
  • 2011 AACR/ ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop. Invited Participant, American Association for Cancer Research and American Society of Clinical Oncology. Specialty: Haematology/Oncology.
  • 2007 Research Training Competition (Restracomp), Fellow, Research Training Centre, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Grant for Postdoctoral Fellowship, Specialty: Haematology/Oncology.
  • 2006 Klitzberg Fellowship Award, Fellow, American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF), Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Oncology Research Award, Specialty: Oncology.
  • 2004 "Jonathan's Alert" Research Fund on Drug Safety, Fellow, Research Training Centre, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Research grant, Specialty: Haematology/Oncology.

Publications

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