Meet Drs. Catherine Dubé and Alaa Rostom, your new regional resources for cancer services in the Champlain LHIN.
Dr. Catherine Dubé is currently the Clinical Lead for ColonCancerCheck, Ontario’s colorectal cancer screening program. She is a gastroenterologist who obtained her medical degree from the University of Montréal in 1989, where she also completed a master’s degree in pharmacology (1990). She completed her fellowships in Internal Medicine (1993) and Gastroenterology (1995) as well as a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology (1999) at the University of Ottawa. She was Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary from 2006-2013 and is currently a Staff Physician at The Ottawa Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Dubé was Medical Lead for the Alberta Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Program from 2011-2013, where she led the implementation of the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). She also participated in the work of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) to define pan-Canadian quality determinants for CRC screening programs, and steered a Canadian Consensus on endoscopy safety and quality indicators for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology.
She currently leads the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology’s initiative to implement a patient-centered quality improvement program in endoscopy based on the use of the UK’s Endoscopy Global Rating Scale (GRS).
Dr. Alaa Rostom returns to Ottawa from the University of Calgary where he spent the last 7 years in the planning and implementation of the Calgary zone colorectal cancer screening program. He held several positions in Calgary including deputy chief division of gastroenterology, zone medical director of the Alberta colorectal screening program and medical director of the Colon Cancer Screening Centre. Dr Rostom was also the chair of the RCPSC Exam Board for Gastroenterology and the chair of education for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG).
Dr. Rostom is Chair and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, and also Regional Lead for colorectal screening and endoscopy. He is actively involved in measuring and evaluating endoscopy quality and technology. He developed the first validated clinical instrument for the evaluation of comfort/safety during colonoscopy. He helped initiate the CAG’s endoscopy train-the-trainers program as well as the endoscopy master’s program. He currently co-chairs the CAG’s endoscopy maintenance of competency and upskilling program.