Jess Fiedorowicz


Jess Fiedorowicz
Professor and Senior Research Chair, Adult Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa

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Head and Chief, Department of Mental Health, the Ottawa Hospital

Professor and Senior Research Chair, Adult Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa

Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology and Neurosciences Programs, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute



Jess Fiedorowicz is Head and Chief of the Department of Mental Health at the Ottawa Hospital and a Professor and Senior Research Chair in Adult Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He is a scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology and Neurosciences Programs of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Outside of his roles in Ottawa, he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research and as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Association Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee.

He graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University and with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a medicine (transitional year) internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he additionally served as a chief resident. He completed a fellowship in the Clinical Neurobiology of the Major Psychoses at the University of Iowa and concurrently completed an M.S. in Clinical Investigation. He later obtained a Ph.D. in Translational Biomedicine and then a graduate certificate in biostatistics from the University of Iowa. His content expertise centers around morbidity and mortality (especially cardiovascular disease and suicide) in bipolar disorder and methods expertise relates to quantitative methods in epidemiology. He values taking an interdisciplinary, team science approach to his work. Clinically, he is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in obesity medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine.


Research Interests:

Morbidity and mortality in bipolar disorder with a focus on the two main causes of excess death: suicide and vascular disease.

Fields of Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Mortality
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
  • Suicide
  • Weight gain
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