Dr. Carolyn Nessim

Dr. Carolyn Nessim
Dr. Carolyn Nessim
Program Director - Surgical Oncology
Associate Professor
Clinician Investigator - Cancer Therapeutics Program


The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus - 501 Smyth Road
613-737-8899 ext. 71085

Administrative Assistant: ​​​​​​​Cindy Davidson - [email protected]


Dr. Nessim is a Surgical Oncologist who specializes in the treatment of Melanoma/Merkel Cell Carcinoma and other skin cancers, Soft Tissue Sarcoma/GIST, Gastric Cancer and GI Neuroendocrine Tumours.

Clinical interests

  • Improvement and assessment of quality indicators in cancer surgery (Melanoma Sarcoma and Gastric Cancer)
  • Large database multi-institutional collaborative clinical research on Sarcoma, Melanoma and Gastric Cancer
  • Investigation of oncolytic viruses and immunomarkers in melanoma and sarcoma which are prognostic and predictive of treatment efficacy

Academic appointments

  • Associate – Surgical Oncologist – The Ottawa Hospital; 2013-present
  • Associate – General Surgeon – The Ottawa Hospital; 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery – The University of Ottawa; 2014 – present
  • Clinician Investigator – Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; 2014-present

Administrative appointments

  • General Surgical Oncology Residency Program Director
  • Melanoma Communities of Practice Co-Chair, Regional Cancer Program
  • Gastric Cancer Communities of Practice Co-Chair, Regional Cancer Program

Fellowship training

  • Surgical Oncology - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre - Melbourne, Australia; 2012-2013
  • Surgical Oncology – University of Toronto; 2010-2012

Residency training

  • General Surgery – University of Montreal; 2009

Medical doctorate

  • MD – University of Montreal; 2004

Other degrees

  • MSc Biomedical Sciences – University of Montreal; 2013
  • BSc Occupational Therapy – McGill University; 1998
  • BSc Physiology (1 year) – McGill University; 1995