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Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, CHEO
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Chair, Palliative Care Committee, Children’s Oncology Group
Chair, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Examination Committee,
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Chair, C17 Education Committee
613-737-7600 Ext. 2751
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Current Research:

Dr. Johnston’s research activities focus on pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML), palliative care in pediatric oncology, pediatric neuro-oncology, and phase I studies for pediatric oncology patients.

Research Team:
Dr. Donna Johnston is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and is the Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She is a full Professor at the University of Ottawa. She completed medical school at Queen's University, pediatric residency at the University of Ottawa, and fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She returned to Ottawa in 2001 to join the staff at CHEO. Her oncology expertise is an AML, neuro-oncology, supportive care and palliative care. Dr. Johnston is a researcher at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and is the Principal Investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group studies at CHEO and the principal investigator on a melatonin phase 1 study. She is the past Chair of the COG Palliative Care and Quality of Life Committee, a member of the Cancer Control Steering Committee and a member of the Acute Myeloid Leukemia steering committees at COG. Her current research focuses included melatonin in oncology patients, extramedullary AML, neuro-oncology and oncology supportive and palliative care. She is the author of over 150 peer reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, and has presented her research at many international and national meetings.
Sample Publications:
Johnston DL, Alonzo TA, Gerbing RB, Aplenc R, Woods WG, Meshinchi S, Gamis AS. Central nervous system disease in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia: a report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2017 Apr. [Epub ahead of print]

Johnston DL, Halton J, Bassal M, Klaassen RJ, Mandel K, Ramphal R, Simpson E, Peckan L. Pediatric oncology clinical care model: achieving better continuity of care for patients in a medium sized program. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2017 Aug; 39(6);476-480.
Johnston DL, Murto K, Kurzawa J, Liddy C, Keely E, Lai L. Use of electronic consultation system to improve access to care in pediatric hematology/oncology. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 2017; 39:e367-e369 
Barrera M, Rokeach A, Yogalingam P, Hancock K, Johnston DL, Cataudella D, Cassidy M, Punnett AS, Shama W. Healthcare Professionals' Knowledge of Family Psychosocial Problems in Pediatric Cancer: A Pilot Study. Cancer Nurs 2016; 39(4):263-271. 

Johnston DL, Sung L, Stark D, Frazier AL, Rosenberg A. A systematic review of patient reported outcome measures of neuropathy in children, adolescents and young adults. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2016;24:3723-3728

Johnston DL, Keene D, Kostova M, Lafay-Cousin L, Fryer C, Scheinemann K, Carret AS, Fleming A, Percy V, Afzal S, Wilson B, Bowes L, Zelcer S, Mpofu C, Silva M, Larouche V, Brossard J, Strother D, Bouffet E. Survival of children with medulloblastoma in Canada diagnosed between 1990 and 2009 inclusive. Journal of Neuro-Oncology, 2015;124:247-253
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