Jessica Chan, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCPC

Adjunct Lecturer and Clinical Assistant Professor

Division: Radiation Oncology

Active Staff: BC Cancer – Vancouver

City: Vancouver

Health Authority: Provincial Health Services

Clinical Office Address:

600 West 10th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6

Phone: 604.877.6000

Research Interests:

  • Health equity and access to cancer care
  • Indigenous health
  • Global oncology
  • Radiotherapy utilization
  • Geospatial analyses

Clinical Subspecialty:

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Hematological malignancies
  • Ocular tumours

Dr. Chan is a radiation oncologist at BC Cancer Vancouver, Clinical Instructor at the UBC Department of Surgery, and an Adjunct Lecturer within the Branch for Global Surgical Care. Her research interests are in the health services, health equity and global oncology fields. Currently, her research program focuses on cancer system disparities within high income countries with a particular interest in Indigenous health, working together with Indigenous partners and the oncology community to assess and strengthen access to cancer services and delivery. She is the current co-chair of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Indigenous Care Committee, and has been a consultant to the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency.


  • FRCPC in Radiation Oncology, University of Ottawa
  • PhD, VU University Medical Center
  • MD, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • MPH in Epidemiology, University of Toronto
  • HBSc, Forensic Psychology, University of Toronto

Select Publications:

For an up to date list of publications, please see Research Gate profile (

  • Chan J, Griffiths K, Turner A, Tobias J, Clarmont W, Delaney G, Hutton J, Olson R, Penniment M, Bourque JM, Brundage M, Rodin D, Slotman B, Yap ML. Radiotherapy and Indigenous peoples in Canada and Australia: Building paths towards reconciliation in cancer care delivery. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2022. (in press).
  • Hande V, Chan J, Polo A. Value of Geographical Information Systems in Analyzing Geographic Accessibility to Inform Radiotherapy Planning: A Systematic Review. JCO Glob Oncol. 2022 Sep;8:e2200106. doi: 10.1200/GO.22.00106. PMID: 36122318.
  • Chan J, Brown E, Dennis K, Milosevic M, Brundage M. Provincial variations in radiotherapy utilization as a measure of access: A pan-Canadian study. Radiother Oncol. 2022 Feb;167:122-126. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2021.12.017. Epub 2021 Dec 20. PMID: 34942281.
  • Beckett M, Cole K, White M, Chan J, McVicar J, Rodin D, Clemons M, Bourque JM. Decolonizing cancer care in Canada. J Cancer Policy. 2021 Dec;30:100309. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2021.100309. Epub 2021 Sep 25. PMID: 35559804.
  • Chan J, Friborg J, Zubizarreta E, van Eck JW, Hanna TP, Bourque JM, Gaudet M, Dennis K, Olson R, Coleman CN, Petersen AJ, Grau C, Abdel-Wahab M, Brundage M, Slotman B, Polo A. Examining geographic accessibility to radiotherapy in Canada and Greenland for indigenous populations: Measuring inequities to inform solutions. Radiother Oncol. 2020 May;146:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2020.01.023. Epub 2020 Feb 14. PMID: 32065874.
  • Chan J, Polo A, Zubizarreta E, Bourque JM, Hanna TP, Gaudet M, Dennis K, Brundage M, Slotman B, Abdel-Wahab M. Access to radiotherapy and its association with cancer outcomes in a high-income country: Addressing the inequity in Canada. Radiother Oncol. 2019 Dec;141:48-55. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2019.09.009. Epub 2019 Sep 28. PMID: 31575428.
  • Chan J, Friborg J, Chernov M, Cherkashin M, Grau C, Brundage M, Slotman B. Access to radiotherapy among circumpolar Inuit populations. Lancet Oncol. 2019 Oct;20(10):e590-e600. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(19)30394-8. Epub 2019 Sep 30. PMID: 31579005.