Dr. Eve Tsai
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine; Neurosurgeon, The Ottawa Hospital;
Associate scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Look for and take advantage of the opportunities.”
1. What is your hometown?
I was born in Saskatoon, spent most of my elementary, junior and high school years in Edmonton, attended medical school and did my PhD and neurosurgery residency in Toronto and am now in Ottawa—I essentially consider most of Canada my hometown!
2. What degree(s) do you hold?
FRCSC – Neurosurgery
3. What was your first job?
Working in an organic chemistry laboratory for the summer in high school.
4. What inspires you the most in your current work?
Being able to bring several cutting-edge and varied scientific and technological advances together towards the goal of being able to help patients. Working with students, other scientific colleagues and physicians to accomplish this goal is an added bonus.
5. What is your greatest lessoned learned?
How to work with people to accomplish more than you could ever do yourself.
6. What achievement are you most proud of?
I am most proud of establishing a career where every day I am helping patients and students and able to encourage students to continue to help the patients we cannot help today through research.
7. Who was your biggest influence or inspiration?
My parents—without a doubt. They taught me about the incredible value of education and working hard.
8. What words of advice would you give to aspiring women leaders?
Look for and take advantage of the opportunities. If all you see are the barriers, you will never be able to see and take advantage of the opportunities.