Our staff and collaborators

Clinic leader

Anne Bassett

Dr. Anne S. Bassett, MD, FRCPC
Director, The Dalglish Family 22q Clinic

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
Associate Staff, Division of Cardiology and Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network
Associate Member, Canadian College of Medical Geneticists
Director, Clinical Genetics Research Program, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute

Dr. Anne Bassett is the Director of the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic and the Dalglish Chair in 22q Deletion Syndrome. She is a world renowned expert in the genetics of complex health conditions - especially 22q. Dr. Bassett is also the Director of the Clinical Genetics Research Program at CAMH and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is a leader in international studies of 22q, the Medical Director for the International 22q Foundation, and the Treasurer of the 22q11.2 Society. Dr. Bassett has been providing exemplary care to adults with 22q, their families and caregivers for over 25 years.

Dr. Bassett is the 2020 winner of the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research. Please see our Awards and Honours page.

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Medical Staff

Maria Corral



Dr. Maria R. Corral, MD, FRCPC
Consultant Psychiatrist
University Health Network

Dr. Maria Corral completed her medical studies at the University of British Columbia. She worked for 30 years as a psychiatrist, educator and administrator until her retirement as Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Medical Education at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care in June of 2014. She was also Vice-Chair of the Psychiatry Examination Board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2011-2014.

Dr. Corral has been a key member of the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic and its multidisciplinary team of clinicians since 2016. She provides care in English and Spanish.

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Clinic Team Members

Lisa Palmer

Lisa Palmer, BEd, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2012. She completed a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto in 2015. In 2019, she was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwetash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

Working with the Clinic team, Lisa assists patients and their families in examining challenges and concerns and in helping to find the best available resources. She also has her own clinical research studies to help us learn more about 22q and improve the services we provide.

Samantha D'Arcy

Samantha D’Arcy, MHSc, RD
Registered Dietitian

As a Registered Dietitian at the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic, Samantha works collaboratively with patients and their families to create nutrition plans that fit their needs and lifestyle. In addition to one-to-one patient care, Samantha is involved with group facilitation and patient and caregiver education as requested. She has also led several 22q educational initiatives.



Radhika Sivanandan

Radhika Sivanandan, PhD
Patient Flow Coordinator


Radhika is our front desk leader and is likely the first person you will encounter when you come to the clinic. She coordinates all appointments and follow ups, and she prepares all documents for staff and patients. Please feel free to contact her at the Clinic’s main number (416) 340-5145 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointments.

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Research Associate / Former Dalglish Fellow

Dr. Erik Boot, MD, PhD
Physician for people with intellectual disability

See also: Our interview with Dr. Boot on pages 1-2 of our 2019 newsletter.

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Research and Other Staff

Tracy Heung
Clinical Research Analyst

  • Junior Investigator Award recipient (2018)
  • Co-ordinates 22q-related research projects locally and internationally
  • Ensures that the data are complete and runs statistical analyses
  • Key contributor to work in the International Brain and Behaviour Consortium

Joanne Ha
Clinical Research Analyst

  • Invites families to take part in intiatives offered at our Clinic
  • Organizes the logistics of research projects and clinical care

Joanne Loo
Patient and Family Educational Tool Developer and Website Manager

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Recent and Current Graduate Students

Ania Fiksinski, PhD
Currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Maastricht University and the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital / University Medical Center Utrecht (the Netherlands)
Junior Investigator Award recipient (2016)

Shengjie Ying
Masters student

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Residents and Medical Students

Dr. Lily Van
Resident in Psychiatry
Clinician Scientist Program

Dr. Sarah (Voll) Malecki
Resident in Internal Medicine

Dr. Spencer Van Mil
Resident in Pediatrics

Christina Blagojevic
Medical student

Brigid Conroy
Medical student

Steph Brooks
Medical student

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Administrative Staff

Dr. Susan Abbey, MD, FRCPC
Psychiatrist-in-Chief

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The Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

Our Clinic is affiliated with the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

TCCA

Dr. Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez
Medical Director and Fellowship Director

Dr. Rachel Wald
Research Director

Dr. Sara Thorne
Director of ACHD Trainee Education

Cardiologists:

  • Dr. Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez
  • Dr. Lee Benson
  • Dr. Jack Colman
  • Dr. Eric Horlick
  • Dr. Luc Mertens
  • Dr. Erwin Oechslin
  • Dr. Mark Osten
  • Dr. Lucy Roche
  • Dr. Candice Silversides
  • Dr. Sarah Thorne
  • Dr. Rachel Wald

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Collaborating doctors and researchers

Along with the CGRP Team, there are many collaborating doctors and researchers who work with us locally and internationally on 22q and related research. They include:

Ontario

Dr. Candice Silversides
Cardiologist
Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Erwin Oechslin
Cardiologist
Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Hanna Faghfoury and Dr. Chantal Morel
Medical Geneticists
Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Jacob Vorstman
Child Psychiatrist
Hospital for Sick Children

Christian Marshall, PhD, and Stephen Scherer, PhD, and Ryan Yuen, PhD
Geneticists
Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Greg Costain
Medical Geneticist
Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Susan George
Endocrinologist
Toronto General Hospital

Dr. Danielle Andrade
Neurologist
Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Connie Marras
Neurologist
Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Anthony Lang
Neurologist
Toronto Western Hospital

Atlantic Canada

Dr. Sarah Dyack
Medical Geneticist
Halifax, NS

Kathleen Hodgkinson, PhD
Geneticist
St. John’s, NF

Asia

Dr. Brian Chung
Medical Geneticist
Hong Kong SAR, China

Europe

Ann Swillen, PhD
Child psychologist
Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Therese van Amelsvoort
Psychiatrist
Maastricht, Netherlands

Peter Scambler, PhD
Geneticist
London, UK

USA

Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC
Genetic Counselor
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director
22q Clinic
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Linda Brzustowicz
Geneticist
New Brunswick, NJ

Bernice Morrow, PhD
Geneticist
New York, NY

South America

Dr. Gabriela Repetto
Medical Geneticist
Santiago, Chile

Australia

Linda Campbell, PhD
Psychologist
Newcastle, Australia

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