Dr. Chana Korenblum is an Adolescent Medicine Specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. She earned her B.Sc. and MD at the University of Toronto, and completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at SickKids, followed by a Psychiatry fellowship in Adolescent and Young Adult Psychosocial Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She is cross-appointed at Princess Margaret, within the Centre for Mental Health at the University Health Network. Her clinical interests include supporting teenagers and young adults with chronic illnesses including cancer, mental health concerns, grief and bereavement, sexual and reproductive health, substance use, and eating disorders. Her research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial assessments and interventions in young people with chronic illnesses.
Dr. Korenblum’s research interests broadly centre on improving whole-person care for adolescents and young adults with chronic illnesses such as cancer, and their families. More specifically, she looks at creating and evaluating developmentally-tailored psychosocial assessments and interventions, in hospital and out, individually and in groups, across all phases of a disease trajectory.
Education and experience
- 2001–2005: B.Sc, Honours, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2005–2009: MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2009–2012: Core Pediatric Resident, Department of Pediatrics, SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2012–2015: Subspecialty Resident, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2015–2016: Clinical Fellow, Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Supportive Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2015–Present: Staff Physician, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2016–Present: Staff Physician, Centre for Mental Health, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2020: Award for supporting adolescents and young adults with cancer using music therapy – Long and McQuade
- 2018: Appointment to the Advisory Committee, Out of the Shadows: Supporting Children and Youth Grieving an Overdose Death, Toronto Urban Health Fund, Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2017: Human Touch Award, Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario, Canada (Nominee)
- 2016: Kamin Hart Award for Excellence in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Nominee)
- Jones J., Fitch M., Bongrad J., Maganti M., Gupta A., D'Agostino N., Korenblum C. (2020). The needs and experiences of post-treatment adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 9(5):1444.
- Vandermorris A., Sampson-Riden, L., Korenblum C. (2020). Promoting adherence in adolescents and young adults with cancer to optimize outcomes: A developmentally-oriented narrative review. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 67(4):e28128.
- Fraser B., Korenblum C., Mah K., Watt S., Malfitano C., Rydall A., Schimmer A., Zimmermann, C., Rodin G. (2019). The Experience of Medical Communication in Adults with Acute Leukemia. Psycho-Oncology. 28(1):122-130.
- Gupta A.A., Papadakos J.K., Jones J.M., Amin L., Chang E.K., Korenblum C., Mina D.S., McCabe L., Mitchell L., Giuliani M.E. (2016). Reimagining care for adolescent and young adult cancer programs: Moving with the times. Cancer. 1;122(7):1038-46.
- Korenblum C., Craig F. Chapter 10: Adolescents and Young Adults. In: Goldman A., Hain R., Meiring M., Rapoport A., editors. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children. 3rd Edition. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press; 2018. In Press.