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Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

About us

A message from the Chair

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been another very successful year for our Department.  We have had many clinical and academic accomplishments. Clinical research, basic science research, translational, and educational initiatives in our Department have continued to expand. The number of peer–reviewed publications and successful research grant applications have steadily grown. The value of these research grants has markedly increased. On this website, you will find an impressive list of peer-reviewed publications authored by our Departmental members.

We have just completed our annual Poliquin Research Day. We were very honoured to have Dr. Darlene Kitty, Indigenous Program Director, uOttawa Faculty of Medicine give a powerful keynote address entitled “Moving toward Cultural Safety, Reconciliation and Anti-Racism”. Her presentation will certainly facilitate effective interaction with Indigenous patients, families and communities and allow us to provide culturally safe care. The extensive discussion between Departmental members and Dr. Kitty was particularly thought provoking. Congratulations to our learners for their outstanding presentations at the Poliquin Research Day. Presentation of awards will be made at our Graduating Residents End-of-Year Celebration in June.

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Dr. David Schramm
Drs. Bromwich and Kherani in the operating room
Dedicated to the student experience, putting theory into practice.
Doctors performing surgery
Committed to excellence in medical education, research and patient care.
Doctors in scrubs, smiling at the camera in a surgical theatre
Offering postgraduate training through residency and fellowship programs.

Our Department has many accomplished members. We welcome Lilia Antonova PhD as our Departmental Clinical Research Associate. Lilia is already involved with many clinical research projects and has facilitated submission of several manuscripts for publication. Lilia joins our Department after a remarkably successful career as a Clinical Research Manager with the Division of Gastroenterology.  It is with mixed emotions that we recently learned that Dr. Lisa Caulley is moving to Denmark. Although she will be greatly missed by all of us in Ottawa, Lisa is leaving us to join her husband. Lisa will continue her Departmental research initiatives and continue her work as our Departmental Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Postgraduate Program remains in high demand. We had many outstanding applicants to our Residency program. This July, we will welcome Sabreena Lawal and Katie Oxford as our new PGY 1 residents. Dr. Sultan Aljarba, our new internationally sponsored resident has recently joined us as part of the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP).  Congratulations to Kevan Lu, Corliss Best, and Ali Jafar for successfully completing their Royal College examinations. This July, all our PGY 5 residents will start very prestigious Fellowships.

Dr. Yousuf AlQurashi is completing his Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship and will be returning to Saudi Arabia to start his practice. We welcome Dr. Fahad AlZadjali as our new Departmental Head and Neck Oncology Fellow.

Our Departmental members serve on many local, national, and international committees. Thank you to our Faculty members who serve on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Examination Board and the Royal College International - Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization Collaborative Examination Board.

The last 2+ years have been very exhausting for all of us as we try to provide optimal care for patients. The recent Harvard Business Review digital article "Leading an Exhausted Workforce" by Robin Abrahams and Boris Groysberg (March 25, 2022) provides extremely helpful advice for coping with these difficult times. Certainly, it is important to look after yourself and spend time with family and friends.

Our Department remains committed to excellence in patient care, research and innovation, continuous quality improvement, and medical education. It is an honour for me to serve as Department Chair. I hope you find our website informative. For further information about our Department, please see our updated Departmental Newsletter, Headlight, and our YouTube Virtual Welcome University of Ottawa Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  You can also follow us on Instagram @OttawaOHNS


Upcoming events 2023-2024

Coming soon

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Posted on Friday, September 16, 2022

View the Summer 2022 Newsletter

Spring 2022 Newsletter

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2022

View the Spring 2022 Newsletter

Welcome our incoming PGY1s!

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Ali Jafar, Dr. Corliss Best and Dr. Kevan Lu!

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2022

Congratulations to  Dr. Ali Jafar, Dr. Corliss Best and Dr. Kevan Lu who successfully successfully passed the RCPSC exam!

CaRMS Information Session - Resident Only Panel

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2021

CaRMS Information Session

Posted on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

January/February 2019 Newsletter

View the January/February 2019 Newsletter

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019

November Newsletter 2018

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

October 2018 Newsletter

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Johnna MacCormick and Dr. Matthew Bromwich who have recently won awards for their clinical and entrepreneurial work. Dr. MacCormick was awarded a CHEO Shining Star Improvement and Innovation award along with the Expanded Hearing Clinical team for their work in hearing screening for congenital CMV. Dr. Matthew Bromwich received the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction from the Manning Foundation for his innovative work with SHOEBOX audiometry.

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual resident welcome event, celebrating the addition of Linda Chow (PGY1) and Shannan Hamel (PGY1) to our program.

October 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 News

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September ENT Newsletter

January 2018 Department Newsletter

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

December Department Newsletter

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018

December 2017 Newsletter 

November Department Newsletter

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018

November 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Department News

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017

The past month has been an eventful one for the Department of Otolaryngology. A group of residents and staff attended – and presented – at the AAO meeting in Chicago. Our junior residents attended the London ENT Emergencies bootcamp. And we had the pleasure of hosting a welcome event to celebrate the addition of our 3 new ENT PGY1s – Dr. Corliss Best, Dr. Ali Jafar, and Dr. Kevan Lu.

Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Annual Year End Awards Dinner 2017 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebrating excellence at the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Annual Year End Awards Dinner 2017

Congratulations to Drs. Caulley and Hearn!

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Congratulations to Drs. Caulley and Hearn who successfully passed the RCPSC Fellowship examination and successfully completing their 5 years of residency!

Poliquin Day 2017

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Poliquin Day May 12, 2017.

Contact us

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

S3, 501 Smyth Rd.
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1H 8L6


Heidi McBride
The Ottawa Hospital Department Administrator
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Gabrielle St-Jean Savoie
Education and Faculty Coordinator
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Jim Bottomley
Business Manager
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