Message from the Chair

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Katharine Gillis, MD, FRCPC Chair
Department of Psychiatry
University of Ottawa

Message from the chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, where we take pride in providing excellence in mental health care, training and research. Our mission focuses on the best of leadership, advocacy, education, training, research and innovation in mental health for the benefit of all individuals and communities. Comprising 230 faculty members, one third of whom are bilingual, the Department of Psychiatry has continuously shown its commitment to the development of mental health care and mental health research within our local community, as well as on a national and international scale. We have a productive, friendly and caring academic department with patients and families at the centre, one that I am very proud of and feel honoured to serve as Chair.

  1. A Rich, Inspiring Student Experience
  2. Research Excellence
  3. Bilingualism and Francophonie
  4. Encouraging and Developing International Leadership

Destination 20/20 fits well with the goals and values that we have identified in our Departments Strategic Plan 2014-17 document, which was collaboratively completed this year. This strategic plan will guide our academic focus and development in the upcoming years with the major strategic focus being the enhancement our Departments research initiatives, in particular with the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI).

Our Department Executive Committee plays a vital role in the facilitation of our academic mission and is composed of our Departmental education, research, academic and clinical leaders. Dr. Cathy Shea, who retired from our Department this past year, will be greatly missed, as she made outstanding contributions to this committee and to our Department in her role as Division Head of Geriatric Psychiatry from 2009-2013. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Andrew Wiens as the new Division Head for Geriatric Psychiatry effective 2014.

As you will see in this report we have had many things to celebrate in this past year. I wish to thank our dedicated department administrative staff for all their support and all of our department faculty members, residents and fellows who have worked so hard to accomplish these achievements.

Past Department Chairs:

  • Dr. Jacques Bradwejn
  • Dr. Yvon Lapierre
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