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Joseph Mikhael MD, MEd, FRCP(C)
Dr. Mikhael is a staff hematologist at Princess Margaret Hospital with a specialty in Multiple Myeloma. He also does a benign hematology clinic and attends on general medicine. His clinical research interests include the transformation of MGUS to Myeloma, clinical trials in relapsed Myeloma and amyloidosis, systemic therapy for benign hematology and supportive care in cancer.
Dr. Mikhael is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. As a clinician educator, he spends considerable time teaching and developing educational curricula. He currently holds the AMS (Associated Medical Services) Fellowship in End of Life Care in medicine at the U of T – which means he develops and runs a curriculum to teach end of life care to trainees in internal medicine. He is also the mentorship director for the internal medicine program.
Dr. Mikhael graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa, and did an internal medicine residency at the Ottawa General Hospital. He then did his hematology training in Toronto, along with a masters’ degree in education at the University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He completed a two-year multiple Myeloma fellowship at PMH before coming on staff.
Kevin Song MD
Dr. Kevin Song is currently a member of the Leukemia / Bone Marrow Transplant Program of British Columbia. He graduated from McGill University Medical School in 1995. After completing 3 years of training in internal medicine at the University of Toronto, he moved to Vancouver where he completed his hematology sub-specialization at the University of British Columbia. He then did a one year fellowship with the Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplant Program of British Columbia followed by a second year with the University of Toronto Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Princess Margaret Hospital. He then returned to Vancouver to occupy his current position. His areas of interest are in the study of therapies for Myeloma and Lymphomas.
Dr. Donna E Reece, MD
Dr. Donna Reece is Associate Professor and Director of the Program for Multiple Myeloma and related Diseases in the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Hospital /University of Toronto.
She earned a Bachelor Of Arts degree at the University of Texas, Austin and graduated as valedictorian with a medical degree from Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas in 1978. She completed an Internship in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals , a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Jewish Hospital, St Louis and a fellowship in hematology /oncology at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis Missouri. She was a fellow and later a leukemia /stem cell transplant physician at Vancouver General Hospital /University of British Columbia for over 10 years.
Dr Reece then served as Director of the Outpatient Leukemia/Stem Cell Transplant Program of the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky until her appointment to Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto in 2001.
Dr. Reece is currently the chair of the Multiple Myeloma Clinical Trials group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, co-chair of the Myeloma Working Committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, and member of the Project Review Committee of the MMRC ( Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium ).
Her career focus has been in areas of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation , lymphoid malignancies, and plasma cell dyscrasias. She has published numerous articles in these areas.
In Oct 2009, Dr. Reece was appointed the Chair holder of the Molly and David Bloom Chair in multiple myeloma research at Princess Margaret Hospital . This is the First research chair of its kind in Canada and only the Second in North America.
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