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Department of Surgery

The vision of the Department of Surgery is to provide leading surgical care through our innovative, inclusive and collaborative academic programs in quality improvement, research, education and wellness.
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  • Hosted by Neurosurgery: The Dr Michael T Richard Visiting Professor in Neurosurgery Presents: "Development of a Neurotrauma Program; From Bench to Bedside" -  Friday, January 27, 2023 - 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Microsoft Teams

  • Congratulations to Dr. Rodney Breau - FoM Clinical Researcher of the Year 2022

  • Congratulations to those recognized in 2022:
    • Above and Beyond the Call Award: Dr. Kevin Smit
    • Resident and Fellow Award: Dr. Peter Vo
    • Administrative Assistant Recognition Award: Norma MacLean
    • Professionalism Collegiality Award: Dr. Tim Brandys
  • Twitter handle is @OfficeEdSurgery, and from there you will find links to their YouTube Channel. 

  • Visit to see their EPA tips.

  • The 6th Annual Department of Surgery Research Half Day took place on December 8, 2022. The theme was mentorship and investigated options for the departmental mentorship program.
  • Dr. Vince Chan chaired a dynamic session, which included an overview of the experiences of both mentors and mentees among the DoS surgeons, trainees, and non-clinical, presented by Dr. Jennifer Artz.  Dr. Sasha Carsen discussed the CHEO RI experience in their development of a research mentorship program. Lianne Laing (Heart Institute Foundation Executive Director) shared her personal experience with mentors, as a competitive gymnast, sports anchor, and morning show host. Dr. Paul Hendry presented the resources and some of the mentorship best practices being promoted by the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine.
  • The 2022 Wolves’ Den Grant (the Department of Surgery’s live grant competition) opened with Dr. Geoffrey Wilkin (last year’s winner) presenting the results of his project on bacteriophage therapy in fracture-related infections.  This year’s competition was an intense battle (with Drs. Geoffrey Wilkin, Dr. Eve Tsai, Dr. Jing Zhang, and Dr. Rodney Breau serving as the DoS Wolves), but the 2022 Wolves’ Den Grant was ultimately awarded to Dr. Simon Garceau for his project entitled: Routine Psycho-Periprosthetic Joint Infection Care: A Multidisciplinary Care Model.
    • The 2022 Researcher of the Year was Dr. George Grammatopoulos.
    • Dr. Donna Maziak was named Research Mentor of the Year.
    • David Yachnin (Urology) was named Research Personnel of the Year.

  • We welcome all DoS faculty members and trainees (for the resident research grants only) to submit proposals to the 2023 competitions.  All of the info is on the DoS website here:

  • Please select the appropriate category for your project and career stage. Note that you can submit different projects to different competitions, but only one grant will be awarded per person per year. You may not be awarded the same grant two years in a row. 

    • Research Program Awards ($120k - Matching funds required)
    • Big Data Grants ($25k - Matching funds required)
    • Surgical Seed Grants ($25k)
    • Junior Faculty Grants ($25k)
    • Resident Research Grants ($5k)
  • Deadline: February 6, 2023


  • Grand Rounds: January 27, 2023 - Neurosurgery

  • Grand Rounds: February 3, 2023 - VRAS
  • DoS Research Grant Proposals Deadline: February 6, 2023

  • Grand Rounds: February 24, 2023 - Vascular Surgery

  • Grand Rounds: March 24, 2023 - Plastics Surgery

  • Collins Day Abstracts Deadline: April 1, 2023 at 23:59

  • Grand Rounds: April 7, 2023 - Perioperative Interprofessional Rounds

  • Grand Rounds: April 28, 2023 - General Surgery

  • Collins Day: May 19, 2023 

  • Grand Rounds: May 26, 2023 - Thoracic Surgery

  • Grand Rounds: June 30, 2023 - Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Collins Day: May 10, 2024 (tentative)

  • Collins Day: May 9, 2025 (tentative)

About us

The Department of Surgery has eight academic divisions (including both adult and pediatric divisions of surgery), each with residency training and fellowship positions.

The Department of Surgery has made great strides in the development of minimally invasive techniques in all divisions, and are at the forefront of this movement in Canada.

In the current strategic plan, there are tremendous efforts toward quality and patient safety. The Ottawa Hospital is the first Health Sciences Centre in Canada to join the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) in its multispecialty, high-volume option.

We are also proud of our new training facility. The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) is a partnership of The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. It is the largest centre in Canada (22,000 sq. feet) and one of the largest in North America. The uOSSC will enhance patient safety by improving the education opportunities for surgeons and forming best clinical practice through innovative research. The Centre has a superb complement of PhD educators and researchers along with many Faculty members with a Master’s in Education background to oversee the rapid development of its activities.

In 2019, the academic department adopted new vision and mission statements, as follows:

We deliver outstanding and compassionate surgical care by:

  • Striving for continuous quality of care improvements

  • Empowering surgeon researchers, educators & administrators

  • Providing exceptional educational programs

  • Pursuing ongoing professional development & technical mastery

  • Inspiring wellness & balance

  • Respect

  • Commitments to Quality & Teamwork

  • Compassion

Contact us

Department of Surgery

Faculty List
Staff List (including the Office of Education)

Executive Assistant (for Academic Inquiries):
Suzanne Eljaji
[email protected]

The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6

For Clinical Inquiries: 613-737-8899

Our campus locations

The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9 (open in Google Maps)

The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6 (open in Google Maps)

The Ottawa Hospital - Riverside Campus
1967 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H 7W9 (open in Google Maps)

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1 (open in Google Maps)