Laura Hopkins, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Head, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Residency Program Director
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Ottawa
The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care
501 Smyth Road, Room 8168
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Laura Hopkins has been in practice as a full-time Gynecologic Oncologist at TOH for the last 14 years. She obtained a BSc and MSc at Queen’s University then completed her MD at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, she completed a residency in Ob/Gyn at McMaster University and obtained her Fellowship from the University of Toronto. During her first two years of practice, she completed a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa.
Laura has a major interest in health care quality and efficiency and is the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Lead for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project at The Ottawa Hospital. In 2014, first prize at the The Ottawa Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Award was presented to Laura for leading the Wait Times initiative for Surgical Oncology. Gynecologic Cancer surgery wait times were the first in the organization to meet or exceed provincial targets. Currently, provincial wait time targets have been met or exceeded in gynecologic cancer and are the best in the province. Laura was invited to present this work in New York City at the American College of Surgeons annual meeting in July, 2014. More recently, Laura has led a successful perioperative diabetes screening and perioperative blood glucose control procedure which has resulted in surgical site infection (SSI) rates in Gynecologic Oncology decreasing from 18% to 5%. Laura was invited to present and be part of a panel on SSI reduction in 2015 at the American College of Surgeons annual meeting in Chicago. Laura has now launched a quality improvement collaborative group within the Birthing Units at both TOH campuses and priorities include operative delivery process standardization, staffing and handover improvements.
From 2007 to 2015, Laura served as Director of Undergraduate Education in Ob/Gyn and is responsible for launching a very successful integrated and novel curriculum in Clerkship, which is called, “Base Camp”. There is unprecedented engagement in undergraduate education within the Department of Ob/Gyn since the restructuring, and she was been invited to speak on curriculum change at the APGO (Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics) in Palm Springs, California in January 2015 and in Bonita Springs, Florida in January 2016.
Laura is recently appointed to the position of Residency Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology since 2014. She is a wife and mother of two boys, Graeme, (age 12) and Liam, (age 9) and enjoys running, yoga, cooking and spending time with friends and family.