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Garron Family Cancer Centre


Leadership team

Sumit Gupta, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is a Staff Oncologist and Clinician Investigator at the Hospital for Sick Children, an Assistant Professor at both the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist with the Cancer Research Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He completed a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the University off Toronto, during which time he was supported by a CIHR Fellowship Award. He currently leads the childhood cancer chapter for the Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries initiative. Sumit has worked extensively with pediatric oncologists and policymakers throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and India. He currently holds grant funding from The Garron Family Cancer Centre, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and CIHR.

Avram Denburg MD MSc FRCPC is a Staff Phyisican in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children, a Staff Pediatrician at North York General Hospital, and a CIHR Doctoral Fellow in Health Policy at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University.  He has a Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, pursued with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship.  He trained at Harvard University as a National Institutes of Health-funded Pediatric Scientist Development Program Fellow. Avram’s research focuses on the political, ethical and economic dimensions of child health policy.  Past work has focused on issues of access to essential medicines for children, the social determinants of child health and development, international health research ethics, and the ethics of priority setting in health systems. His current research examines normative and methodological issues in the assessment of child health technologies, with specific focus on pharmaceutical policy and drug coverage decisions for children. He serves as Chair of the Essential Medicines Working Group for the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), and is a member of the board of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. Avram is the recipient of a 2015 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship for his doctoral work, entitled “The politics of child health technologies: Social values and public policy on cancer drug funding decisions for children in Canada”.

Susan Horton is the CIGI chair in global health economics at University of Waterloo in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.  This year she is also Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.  She has worked in over 20 low- and middle-income countries and has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, several United Nations agencies, and the International Development Research Centre, among others. She led the paper on nutrition for the Copenhagen Consensus in 2008, when micronutrients were ranked as the top development priority.  She has published widely on prioritization and costing in public health and nutrition in low and middle income countries, including recently as a volume editor and chapter co-author for the Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries volume on Cancer.

PERCC Research Team Members

Kadia Petricca is a Research Associate at The Hospital for Sick Children, Policy and PERCC Unit where she is engaged in health systems and policy research focused on paediatric cancer drug access in Eastern Africa. Her expertise and experiences include spearheading the design, implementation, and analysis of numerous research projects in the area of communicable and non-communicable disease, health service provision, community health worker programs and district health planning in East Africa. Prior to her current role she worked as a Research Associate for Johns Hopkins Public Health and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science to collaborate with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on the implementation of a national Community Health Worker policy. She holds a PhD in health services and policy research from the Institute of Health Planning, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.



Rhonda Boateng is currently a Clinical Research Project Coordinator at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in PERCC Unit and the SickKids Caribbean Initiative. She oversees collection of data and creation of databases and is directly involved in the Childhood Cancer Drug Access study in Low- and Middle-Income Countries study that aims to map and analyze the determinants of pediatric cancer drug access in Ghana and the Caribbean. Rhonda completed a Bachelor’s of Science at Bishop’s University with a double major in Neuroscience (Honors) and Pre-medicine and a minor in Business Administration. She later attended McMaster University for a Master’s of Science in Global Health.


Current Trainees

Dr. Brandon Maser, M.D. is a paediatric resident physician at the University of Toronto and SickKids and is a trainee in the University of Toronto Clinician Investigator Program. He is completing a PhD in Health Policy and a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health through the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His supervisory team consists of co-supervisors Dr. Mark Dobrow and Dr. Avram Denburg and thesis committee members Dr. Sumit Gupta and Dr. Jillian Kohler. Brandon’s research interests are focused on palliative care, global child health, health policy and politics, and access to medicines. His thesis research aims to better understand how sociopolitical factors influence policy reforms for improving access to opioid medicines in low-income countries.


Past Trainees

Nafeezah Laher, BSc. MPH(C)

Sarah Grace Bebenek

Alastair Fung, MD, MPH