I was drawn to this specialty by the bravery, strength and resilience of pediatric cancer patients and their families.



I am a clinical fellow in the Division of Oncology, with a focus on adolescent/young adult oncology and solid tumors. I received my Honors BSc in Life Sciences from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario; my MSc in Immunology from the University of Oxford; and my MD from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I spent the next nine years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After three years of general surgery training, I transferred into and completed my pediatrics residency and a subsequent fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology. My clinical and research interests include adolescent/young adult oncology, solid tumors, early phase trials and medical humanities/patient narratives.

I was drawn to this specialty by the bravery, strength and resilience of pediatric cancer patients and their families. I value a patient and family-centered approach and strive to provide excellent clinical care.

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Primary cutaneous follicle center lymphoma of the medial canthus of the eye in an 11-year old. D'Alessandro, PR; Lo, AC; Spencer, MH; Farinha, P; Armstrong, L; Dolman, PJ; Cheng, S. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2022; 69.

Commentary on McNeil et al. and Wolfe et al. D'Alessandro, P. 2022; 6:1-1.

Research-Based Theater in the Pediatric Oncology Setting: Balancing Ethical Tensions. D’Alessandro, PR. Qualitative Inquiry. 2022.

Precocious puberty: a red flag for malignancy in childhood. D'Alessandro, PR; Hamilton, J; Khatchadourian, K; Lunaczek-Motyka, E; Schultz, K; Metzger, D; Deyell, R. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2021; 63:242-246.

The use of theatre with medical residents: an embodied approach to learning about self and other. Nelles, LJ; Hamilton, P; D'Alessandro, PR; Rezmovitz, J; Gao, L; Lena, S; Skorzewska, A. In: Peterkin A; Skorzewska A, Ed. Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education. Toronto, Canada: Oxford University Press; 2018.

Digital medical humanities: stage-to-screen lessons from a five year initiative. D'Alessandro, P; Frager, G. Medical Humanities. 2017; 43:269-270.