Reproductive Medicine

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Delanie Kotarba
MD, FRCSC
Division Head

Our Vision

To be nationally recognized as Canadas premier centre for academic and clinical reproductive medicine and sciences.

About Us

The Division of Reproductive Medicine was established in 1973. In 1988, the MOH approved the priority program for in vitro fertilization (IVF) at the Civic site. In partnership with the Ottawa Hospital, programs of the Division have grown rapidly and now support a broad mandate which includes:

  • Offering the highest standard of integrated tertiary care in reproductive medicine and sciences to women and their partners;
  • Developing and evaluating state-of-the art assisted reproductive and genetic technologies to address problems in human reproduction;
  • Developing strategies with governments and non-governmental health organizations for the promotion of reproductive health and the prevention of infertility; and
  • Supporting an extensive range of education and research activities in reproductive medicine and sciences.

Clinical Care

The Division is the academic centre of choice in Eastern and Northern Ontario for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of problems in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. We are the only provider of IVF clinical and laboratory services in our region. We are the only designated bilingual program for assisted human conception in Canada. Working with Queens University and our community partners in Eastern and Northern Ontario, we offer multidisciplinary tertiary services that both respond to the needs of our patients and integrate scientific innovations from bench to the clinic and back to our partners. We are regarded by our peers as the premier academic centre in Canada. According to national data, our clinical program continues to set and to exceed national accepted benchmarks.

The Division has kept up with rapid and continuous scientific changes. Our live birth rates have increased from 12% in 1989 to 34% in 2001. Our Assisted Human Conception (AHC) Laboratories have been critical to this success. Local clinical partners include the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre and the Genetics Department at CHEO.

Research

This Division is proud of its commitment to all aspects of reproductive research. Our research programs have an excellent reputation across Canada. This year we were the recipient of a prestigious $2.8 million CIHR Strategic Initiatives grant. We have been pivotal in the realization of the highly successful international program: Canada-Japan Bilateral Exchanges in Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology.

Our 12 PhDs are an integral part of the clinical program of care. Seven scientists are full members of the OHRI with independent programs of research. All are international authorities in their field. They are involved in the education of medical students as well as graduate and postgraduate students from North America and abroad. Another PhD directs and three other PhDs work in the AHC Laboratories (the highest number for any AHC program in Canada). The Division has provided both ongoing support and seed money for OHRI scientists to answer important clinical questions. Our clinicians, scientists and psychologist are sought after across Canada as teachers, speakers, opinion leaders and researchers. The Division has active programs of nursing and (laboratory) technologist research.

Education

The Division provides clinical and laboratory placements for health care students from medicine, nursing and allied health. These placements are highly sought after. Division members have leadership roles at the University of Ottawa in undergraduate, postgraduate and fellowship medical education as well as all levels of basic science education. This Division is accredited by the Canadian Royal College to train subspecialists in Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility.

Invitro Fertilization (IVF)

Learn more about IVF program.

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