Deans of the Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Arthur Richard (1950 – 1957)

Dr. Arthur Richard

Dr. Arthur Richard

As the first appointed dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Arthur Richard became known for working with great determination and dedication to the creation and development of the University’s new medical school. 

Dr. Richard additionally served as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and maintained his active practice while overseeing the foundation of the Faculty in its early days, housed in wartime barracks off campus. 

Dr. Richard’s positions of responsibility reflected on his integrity, administrative skills, expertise and commitment to medical education. After completing his mandate as dean in 1957, he continued to serve as Head and became a chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Ottawa General Hospital. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 1963.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Lussier (1957 – 1975)
Dr. Jean-Jacques Lussier

Dr. Jean-Jacques Lussier

The Faculty’s longest serving dean, Dr. Jean-Jacques Lussier, witnessed the Faculty of Medicine’s relocation from its first home in wartime barracks to a location on the University’s main campus and played an instrumental role in the development of the new Health Sciences building on the Alta Vista campus, which officially opened in 1982. 

Recognizing the importance of symbolism and ceremony, Dr. Lussier created the Faculty’s official Coat of Arms. To mark the Faculty’s 25th anniversary in 1965, he coordinated the request to the College of Arms of London for the Faculty’s proper armorial bearings which was subsequently granted in 1971 along with the official motto: “Sanando docemus” (In healing, we teach). 

Dr. Lussier succumbed to a cardiac seizure while in his office on October 31, 1975. In the 1974-76 Report of the Dean, he was eulogized as the “main architect” of the Faculty and a “pivotal figure” who navigated a complex network of partnerships in the Faculty’s development, including the University and medical communities, teaching hospitals, medical schools across Canada and government agencies at several levels. 

Dr. Gilles Hurteau (1976 – 1989)

Dr. Gilles Hurteau

Dr. Gilles Hurteau

Dr. Gilles Hurteau was first appointed to the Faculty of Medicine as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1967. Throughout his mandate, he helped establish the basic structure of the department, which would facilitate its academic growth in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

In 1975, upon completing his second mandate as Chair, Dr. Hurteau succeeded Dr. Jean-Jacques Lussier as dean after Dr. Lussier’s sudden death. His role as dean began in September 1976, where he remained for 13 years. Dr. Hurteau oversaw the Faculty’s move from its location on the University’s main campus to the new Health Sciences building, now known as Roger Guindon Hall, after its inauguration in 1982. 

As dean, Dr. Hurteau focused his efforts on improving the Faculty’s role in medical education and research, and creating scholarships and bursaries. He explored strategies to facilitate the recruitment of francophone students to the Faculty in order to respond to the health needs of Franco-Ontarians and established the long-term framework for the Faculty’s establishment as the only bilingual medical school in Canada. 

Dr. John Seely (1990 – 1995)
Dr. John Seely

Dr. John Seely

Dr. John Seely began his term as dean in 1990 and became known for being an outspoken advocate for medical education and a passionate promoter of health research. 

During his deanship, Dr. Seely oversaw the development of the new undergraduate medical education curriculum, where it evolved from a traditional and departmentally run curriculum to one that was problem-oriented, student-centred and focused on case-based learning. The curriculum later became one of Canada’s first digital, technology-assisted education systems. 

Continuing the work of his predecessor, Dr. Seely spearheaded the creation of the Office of Francophone Affairs, which opened in 1995 and established the Faculty of Medicine as Canada’s sole bilingual medical school. 

Dr. Seely extended his influence in medical education by serving in various roles at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, including the creation of the world-renowned CanMEDS framework. After completing his first and only term as dean, Dr. Seely continued his career at The Ottawa Hospital to practice palliative care.

Dr. Peter Walker (1995 – 2006)
Dr. Peter Walker

Dr. Peter Walker

As dean, Dr. Peter Walker parlayed his strong administrative skills and background in medical education in championing the Faculty as a research and academic leader. 

He was instrumental in constituting formal agreements between the Faculty and seven teaching hospitals, including the newly established Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Montfort Hospital and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. 

Student numbers in the MD Program increased from 84 to 152 students and graduate student numbers surged from 167 to 400. Residents and fellows in Postgraduate Medical Education increased by 51 per cent, from 411 to 619.

By the end of his tenure, the Faculty’s research funding had nearly tripled from $31 million to $114 million, allowing for the construction of a wet lab research addition and plans for further additions including simulation, evaluation, dry research space and student amenities. 

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn (2007 – Present)
Dr. Jacques Bradwejn

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn began serving as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa in 2007 and received a five-year mandate renewal on July 1, 2012. He is the former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty and previously served as the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Head of Psychiatry at The Ottawa Hospital. Prior to joining the University in 1998, he held positions as Associate Professor, Psychiatry at McGill University and Professor, Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In July 2012, he was named Chair of the Board of Directors at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). 

Under Dr. Bradwejn’s leadership, the Faculty of Medicine has experienced a period of notable accomplishments. The Faculty is now a nationally recognized leader, ranked among Canada’s top-tier medical faculties. The Faculty is 4th overall in Canada and 68th worldwide, as well as 3rd in Canada for citations/papers and 54th worldwide for research impact according to the QS World University Rankings of more than 800 universities. 

The Faculty’s MD Program is ranked as one of the top medical schools within Canada through the accreditation process governed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). The residency programs also achieved top tier on accreditation and is now ranked amongst the top three in Canada for its range of subspecialties offering a total of 71 postgraduate medical education residency training programs. 

Dr. Bradwejn was instrumental in the creation of the multi-partnered uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute, the ratification of a single affiliation agreement between the Academic Health Sciences Centres in the Ottawa region and four Faculties within the University, as well as the creation of an English medical program at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. 

After graduating from the Université de Sherbrooke’s medical school, Dr. Bradwejn completed his residency in psychiatry and research fellowships in psychopharmacology at McGill University, and neuropsychopharmacology at the Université de Montréal. 

Dr. Bradwejn has been actively involved in psychiatric and mental health research, focusing in the field of anxiety disorders for which he gained an international reputation. He has published over 170 articles and book chapters, has presented at more than 400 scientific and educational conferences, and made over 350 educational media interventions.

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