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Cancer clinic space
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

Anil Thota

Kadia Petricca

Current Trainees

Dr. Brandon Maser, M.D. is currently in his first year of paediatrics residency at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children. Brandon completed is Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta and his Doctor of Medicine at Queen’s University. Brandon is currently involved in research with PERCC through the Lancet Oncology Commission on Sustainable Paediatric Cancer Care. This Commission aims to establish an evidence-based case for investing in effective interventions to address childhood cancer, specifically in low-to-middle-income countries (LMICs). Brandon’s work focuses on developing an integrated framework and data collection instrument for mapping the existing childhood cancer system in LMICs, as well as identifying key challenges to, and opportunities for, system strengthening. The goal of this process will be to create an evidence-based picture of the landscape of childhood cancer care in involved countries, with a focus on current gaps, challenges, strategies deployed, and opportunities for scale up.


Past Trainees

Nafeezah Laher, BSc. MPH(C)

Sarah Grace Bebenek

Alastair Fung, MD, MPH