My research focuses on optimizing the delivery of postmastectomy breast reconstruction (PMBR) in Canada by bridging health services research and clinical trials to improve access, decision-making and outcomes for breast cancer survivors. My research program takes a three pronged approach; (a) population-based health services research to identify barriers to PMBR access, (b) evaluation of patient-reported outcomes following different PMBR techniques through clinical trials, and (c) identification of novel models of decision support to promote high-quality shared decision-making for PMBR.
Through our knowledge translation collaborations with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and national breast cancer support organizations, we continue to significantly contribute to improving public knowledge about PMBR as an option with important quality-of-life benefits for breast cancer survivors through public messaging and workshops. Through our affiliations with Cancer Care Ontario, we have developed standardized clinical guidelines for PMBR in Ontario with the aim to reduce disparity and improve access to PMBR across Ontario. Clinical research in PMBR is an area of critical need due to the shortage of formally trained surgeons, and I have significantly contributed in mentoring future investigators to address this gap. I have successfully supervised plastic surgery residents in the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program at the University of Toronto and have been the research fellowship supervisor for a number of surgical oncology and plastic surgery research fellows.