The University of Ottawa Health Services is proud to have paediatricians part of its team. The first few years of your child’s life are very important and UOHS is happy to take care of your child’s health.
What to Expect
Offered services for following issues. Please note that the below list is non-exhaustive.
- Ongoing Primary Care (Offered by some UOHS paediatricians)
- Newborn’s First Appointment
- Concurrent Premature Infant Care
- Feeding Intolerance/Refusal
- Infant Colic and Gastroesophageal Reflux
- Behavioral Difficulties
- Developmental Delay
- Educational/School Difficulties
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment
- Neurologic Issues
- Childhood Obesity
- Endocrine Issues
Paediatricians at UOHS
Paediatricians at UOHS are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. They have expertise in many areas. They work closely with the family care provider through their consultation letters providing them with recommendations and updates of the child’s progress. They communicate and collaborate with other health care professionals (medical specialists, audiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, schools, and CHEO) to provide the best and most comprehensive care.
Dr. Derek Rajakumar, Director of UOHS Paediatric Department, Pediatrician, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Associate Professor
Dr. Derek Rajakumar received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry before graduating from medical school and completing his paediatric residency at the University of Saskatchewan. He then enrolled in a two year Fellowship program at CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), specializing in paediatric infectious diseases, and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK. Dr. Rajakumar has been practicing general paediatrics since 2012 and currently works as a consulting paediatrician and travel medicine physician at UOHS. He is also a general paediatrician in the Newborn and Special Care Nursery at The Ottawa General and Civic Hospitals providing enhanced level II care for premature infants 32-37 weeks gestation, and term infants.
Dr. Elizabeth Esselmont, paediatrician
Dr. Elizabeth Esselmont graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 2011. She subsequently completed her Pediatrics Residency at CHEO through the University of Ottawa. She works as a consulting pediatrician seeing children for a variety of pediatric issues. Dr. Esselmont also works at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus providing newborn care and teaching medical students. She has an academic appointment as a lecturer through the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Radmila Jovanovic, paediatrician
Dr. Radmila Jovanovic graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, where she subsequently completed her specialty training in Paediatrics in 1992. After immigrating to Canada, she worked as a researcher in the areas of paediatric Mental Health and Endocrinology. Through this work, she enrolled in a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at CHEO. In 2005, she successfully completed the Practice Ready Assessment for International Specialists in Paediatrics at CHEO. Since then, she has been working at CHEO in the Endocrinology Department as a diabetologist. From 2006, she has worked at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) as a consulting paediatrician, and general paediatrician in the Newborn Care Nursery, providing care for term infants.
Dr. Jovanovic has an academic affiliation with the University of Ottawa as a PTA Lecturer and Clinician-Teacher.
Dr. Han Na Kang, paediatrician
Dr. Han Na Kang graduated from Bachelor of Science with Honors at University of Toronto in 2008. In 2012, she graduated Medical School at University of Toronto and completed Paediatrics residency program at Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2016. She is currently working as a Consulting Pediatrician as well as Primary Care Pediatrician at UOHS. Dr. Kang also works at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus to provide newborn nursery care. She also provides enhanced level II NICU care at Special Care Nursery of The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. Dr. Kang has an academic appointment as a lecturer through the University of Ottawa and teachers medical students at The Ottawa Hospital General and Civic Campus.
Dr. Ronald Tam, paediatrician
Dr. Ron Tam is a general paediatrician who has been in practice since 1996. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Dr. Tam has been a staff paediatrician at CHEO Paediatric Emergency Department and an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa since 1999. His clinical interests are very broad; his areas of interest include respiratory, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal disorders, and orthopaedic problems. He is also fluent in Cantonese.
How to Access
Patients who are registered to a UOHS pediatrician can book or cancel an appointment by calling 613-564-3950 ext 450 or can cancel or request an appointment online.
The paediatricians see patients in consultation when referred by their family physician or primary care provider or by pediatric walk-in services when available. All referrals for children up to 17 years of age are accepted. Referrals can be sent to our clinic by physicians by fax at 613-564-6627.
Referrals for Quebec patients are accepted.
|ADHD SNAP-IV Questionnaire|
|CSBC Infant-Toddler Checklist|
|Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers|
|Mental Health Adolescent Anxiety Scale|
|Mental Health Child Anxiety Scale|
|Mental Health Parent Anxiety Scale|
|Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan|
|ADHD Resources and References|
|ADHD Internet Resources|
|ADHD Stimulant Medications|
Parenting & Difficult Behavior
Centre psychosocial (seulement disponible en français)
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, author: Dale Carnegie
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, author: Dale Carnegie
- The Explosive Child, author: Ross W. Greene
|Mental Health Resources|
|Categories of Distorted Automatic Thoughts|
Games and Electronics
Private Occupational Therapy
Speech Pathology Clinic and Stuttering Treatment Clinic: 117-1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, K1G 5Z6, tel: 613-526-7175
|Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice|
Feeding and Nutrition
General Paediatric Care
Genital Health and Care
Newborn and Infant Care
Obesity and Health Active Living
Oral Health and Care
News and Events
CTV, June 16th 2016: 'Creeping sleepidemic': Almost a third of Canadian kids are sleep-deprived
The Toronto Star, August 11th 2016: How much screen time is too much for children?
Today's Parent, August 15th 2016: Study: Parents still aren't following safe sleep guidelines for babies
CBC, August 22nd 2016: No more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for kids, experts say
The New York Times, August 23rd 2016: Brain Scans of Brazilian Babies Show Array of Zika Effects
The Journal of the Medical Association, September 20th 2016: Timing of Allergenic Food Introduction to the Infant Diet and Risk of Allergic or Autoimmune Disease
CTV News, September 21st 2016: Canada ranks in the middle of the pack in childhood activity race
The Washington Post, October 6th 2016: This doctor pioneered a way to treat stress in children, a startling source of future disease
AAP News, October 21st 2016: Policy addresses how to help parents manage young children's media use
CTV News, October 25th 2016: How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder's secrets
CTV News, December 20th 2016: Light exercise after concussion in kids, teens may halt prolonged symptoms: study
CTV News, December 22nd 2016: Shorter treatment proves worse for kids with ear infections
CTV News, January 5th 2017: Peanut foods for infants may prevent allergies: panel and Tips for giving babies peanut-based foods to prevent allergy
The New York Times, April 17th 2017: Too Clean for Our Children's Good?
CTV News, May 4th 2017: Toddlers' speech delays could be linked to screen time, study finds
CTV News, June 1st 2017: Doctors urged to encourage minimal screen use for toddlers and preschoolers
CBC News, October 10th 2017: Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show
TED Talks, December 2017: You aren't at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them
CBC News, January 26th 2018: Study links social media use, lack of shut-eye among youth
The Washington Post, March 26th 2018: ADHD brains in preschool children
Hours of Operation
100 Marie Curie, Ottawa
Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM
**Please note that on June 14th, the Walk-In Clinic will be open from 8am-8pm, however, the rest of UOHS will be closed from 12pm-5pm. UOHS Staff will be in training in order to better serve you.**
*The Walk-in Clinic, located at 100 Marie Curie, will be closed on Sundays from June 2nd to August 25th
Monday, July 1st: 10 AM - 2 PM
After Hours Access to Care
Patients registered with a family doctor at UOHS
In case of emergency, always dial 911. THAS connects you to a nurse who can provide medical advice, or, if appropriate, provide access to a family health team doctor or suggest that you go to emergency.
Patients not registered with a family doctor at UOHS – Ontario residents
In case of emergency, always dial 911. Telehealth Ontario is a free service that allows Ontario residents to speak to a Registered Nurse with their medical questions any time of the day or night. This could be when you're sick or injured but aren't sure if you need to see a doctor or can treat the situation at home.
Patients not registered with a family doctor at UOHS – Quebec residents