Leading medical experts and volunteers
Dr. Simon Sutcliffe
President, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration
Dr. Sutcliffe is the former President of the BC Cancer Agency and past Chair of the Canadian Partnership against Cancer. Dr. Sutcliffe, a renowned cancer specialist, established Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – the Canadian branch of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) – in 2010.
Dr. Stuart Brown
Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Waikato Hospital, New Zealand
Former Medical Director of the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre. Dr. Brown has worked in Saudi Arabia in palliative medicine and since 2008 has volunteered in Brazil, India, Nepal and Tanzania with the Palliative Access (PAX) Program of INCTR and Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration.
Dr. Gillian Fyles
Palliative Access Director Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – India
Dr. Fyles is the Medical Leader of the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program at the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, BC Cancer Agency.
Leslie Sundby, MN, BSN
Palliative Access Director Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – Nepal
Leslie Sundby has an extensive nursing background in leadership, global health issues, pediatrics, perinatal and palliative care. She is the Chair of the BSN Program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, BC. Leslie completed training in palliative care in 2007 and has been actively involved with the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital Twinning Project since then. She has helped develop, implement and evaluate the palliative care program at Bhaktapur. Leslie has overseen several field schools in Nepal with nursing students from VIU.
Dr. Megan Doherty
Pediatric Palliative Access Director – South Asia
Dr. Doherty is a consultant in pediatric palliative care based in Ottawa and is the lead for World Child Cancer programs in Bangladesh. From 2013-2016, Megan lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working closely with the pediatric oncology departments at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital, and Dhaka Shishu (Childrens) Hospital. She now divides her time between her work in Canada, India and Bangladesh.
Dr. Doherty spearheaded the curriculum development and facilitation of the Project ECHO Pediatric Palliative Care progam – an innovative online education program launched in collaboration with the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care. The project’s goal is to use technological innovation to connect palliative care experts from around the world with health care providers in South Asia, to deliver palliative care training and mentorship.
Administration and operations
Dee works as a Coordinator of Awards and HR Services at the Children and Family Research Institute in Vancouver and provides administration and operations support for Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration. Dee's 20-year career is defined by taking on challenging business administration roles in legal, high-tech and healthcare industries.
Fundraising and communications support
Nick is a fundraising professional with over 30 years of experience, almost 20 years of which were raising funds for cancer care and research in Canada. He has worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, BC Cancer Foundation and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Gayatri Palat
Director of Palliative Care Access for Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration in India and the Don Rix Professor of Palliative Medicine at the MNJ Institute of Oncology.
She is also Director of the INCTR Hyderabad Institute of Palliative Care. Dr. Palat is currently Associate Professor of the Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine in the in Hyderabad. Previously she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Palliative Medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, and participated in the Faculty Development Program of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). Dr. Palat is also on the advisory committee of palliative care for the National Cancer Control Program, India.
Dr. Spandana Rayala
Pediatric Palliative Care Specialist
Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, MD
Dr. Stuart Brown, MD
Dr. Gillian Fyles, MD
Dr. Fraser Black, MD
Collaborating with an International network in cancer leadership.
Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation is the Canadian branch of The International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), whose mission is to build capacity for cancer treatment and research through education and training in developing countries.
Established in 1988 by Dr. Ian Magrath, a world leading haemato oncologist (blood cancer specialist), INCTR is an internationally recognized non-governmental organization headquartered in Belgium and is the only international NGO solely dedicated to the global control of cancer.
As the Canadian branch of INCTR, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration works with the World Health Organization and other national and international organizations to reduce the cancer burden.
Through its network of volunteers Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and INCTR have medical professionals partnering locally with health care providers in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ)
Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society – Hyderabad
NAPCare (Nepalese Association Palliative Care)
St. Mary’s Hospital - Malur
NNCTR - Nepali Network for
Cancer Treatment and Research
Victoria Hospice Nepal Twinning Project (twinning with B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Bharatpur, Nepal)
Nanaimo Community Hospice Twinning Project & Partners in Compassion (twinning with Bkaktapur Cancer Hospital, Bkaktapur, Nepal)
World Health Organization
Rix Family Foundation – the Foundation's generous five-year committment includes supporting the leadership of Dr. Gayatri Palat, Director, Department of Palliative Medicine, at MNJ Institute
Onni Group – Principal sponsor of the inaugural Two Worlds Cancer Gala in 2014