Dr. Lise Bjerre Appointed University of Ottawa and Institut du Savoir Montfort Chair in Family Medicine

Dr Lise Bjerre
Dr Lise Bjerre

The University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine (DFM), the Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM), and the Fondation Montfort are proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Lise Bjerre to the new position of University of Ottawa and Institut du Savoir Montfort Chair in Family Medicine.

Dr. Lise M. Bjerre is an epidemiologist and a practicing family physician at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Family Health Team. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and is also affiliated with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.

The accomplished researcher is also an Adjunct (full-status) Scientist at ICES - the agency responsible for Ontario's population health databases, which she uses for several of her studies. Her areas of interest focus on access to primary health care (particularly for vulnerable and underserved populations, including Francophone minorities and rural populations), and on the appropriate use of medications at the population level. She also conducts evidence-based knowledge syntheses to improve clinical practice and to foster patient involvement in managing their own health. In addition, she uses artificial intelligence (AI) in combination with population databases as a means to make better use of existing data resource.

"Dr. Bjerre's impressive background in both family medicine and research, as well as her innovation and flexibility make her the ideal person to take on this ambitious mandate." says Dr. William Hogg, Associate Vice-President Research and Acting Scientific Director of the ISM. "Dr. Bjerre draws inspiration for her research from her clinical practice, which is very close to her heart. This keeps it firmly rooted in the reality of medical practice, while ensuring relevance of her research."

For the Chair of the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Clare Liddy, "her experience and expertise will lead research that advances primary care for all, while working towards the elimination of health inequities for Francophone Canadians. Our Department is privileged to include, support and advance our Francophone medical learners, educators, patients and communities, and we eagerly anticipate collaborating with Dr. Bjerre at every opportunity to realize our shared visions for excellence and equality in primary care."

"The Fondation Montfort is proud to welcome Dr. Bjerre as the first Chair to address the impact of health care services on linguistic minorities in Canada. Philanthropy and community support will provide Dr. Bjerre with a solid financial foundation for her research work," said Mr. Marc Villeneuve, President and CEO of the Fondation Montfort." Once again, we are able to demonstrate that philanthropy is a strong foundation for achieving excellence."

"It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I embark on this new mandate, but also with great humility and a strong sense of the responsibilities that this role entails. I see the role of the Chair in Family Medicine first and foremost as one of leadership, whose mission is to inspire, support and conduct rigorous research that produces relevant results and contributes to the dissemination of knowledge and the improvement of health for all." said Dr. Bjerre. "To do so, I will work hard to attract and support high-calibre researchers, fellows, postdoctoral students and graduate students at the Institut du Savoir Montfort. This will help to promote the ISM's strategic vision and its positioning as a center of research excellence, in Canada and abroad, in the field of family medicine research."

"The Chair in Family Medicine's research activities will aim to provide rigorous knowledge aimed at improving the health and quality of life of our patients, their families and our communities," explains Dr. Bjerre. "This goal is well-aligned with my research program on access to health care and the appropriate use of medications at the population level, which I will continue to actively pursue."

Dr. Bjerre holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Concordia University, an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from McGill University, a Medical Doctorate (M.D.C.M.) from McGill University, and a Medical Doctorate (Dr. med.) from the University of Göttingen, Germany. She also holds certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP). In addition to her clinical career in family medicine, which she has led on two continents, she has extensive research experience as a clinician-researcher with the DMF since 2010.

About the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa
As leaders in family medicine education and research, the Department of Family Medicine offers excellent teaching and learning opportunities in both official languages at a range of sites in urban and rural settings across the National Capital Region. The DFM at the University of Ottawa includes more than 400 family meicine teachers who train 150 residents and 160 medical students each year.

About Institut du Savoir Montfort
Created in 2015, the Institut du Savoir Montfort (ISM) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve health and the world's health by combining research and education. The ISM relies on collaboration between researchers, educators and andragogues, which facilitates the continuum creation-transmission of knowledge in the organization of health services and the prevention, screening and treatment of physical and mental co-morbidities.
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