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A Message from the Chair

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been another very successful year for our Department.  We have had many clinical and academic accomplishments. Clinical research, basic science research, translational, and educational initiatives in our Department have continued to expand. The number of peer–reviewed publications and successful research grant applications have steadily grown. The value of these research grants has markedly increased. On this website, you will find an impressive list of peer-reviewed publications authored by our Departmental members.

We have just completed our annual Poliquin Research Day. We were very honoured to have Dr. Darlene Kitty, Indigenous Program Director, uOttawa Faculty of Medicine give a powerful keynote address entitled “Moving toward Cultural Safety, Reconciliation and Anti-Racism”. Her presentation will certainly facilitate effective interaction with Indigenous patients, families and communities and allow us to provide culturally safe care. The extensive discussion between Departmental members and Dr. Kitty was particularly thought provoking. Congratulations to our learners for their outstanding presentations at the Poliquin Research Day. Presentation of awards will be made at our Graduating Residents End-of-Year Celebration in June.

Our Department has many accomplished members. We welcome Lilia Antonova PhD as our Departmental Clinical Research Associate. Lilia is already involved with many clinical research projects and has facilitated submission of several manuscripts for publication. Lilia joins our Department after a remarkably successful career as a Clinical Research Manager with the Division of Gastroenterology.  It is with mixed emotions that we recently learned that Dr. Lisa Caulley is moving to Denmark. Although she will be greatly missed by all of us in Ottawa, Lisa is leaving us to join her husband. Lisa will continue her Departmental research initiatives and continue her work as our Departmental Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Postgraduate Program remains in high demand. We had many outstanding applicants to our Residency program. This July, we will welcome Sabreena Lawal and Katie Oxford as our new PGY 1 residents. Dr. Sultan Aljarba, our new internationally sponsored resident has recently joined us as part of the Pre-Entry Assessment Program (PEAP).  Congratulations to Kevan Lu, Corliss Best, and Ali Jafar for successfully completing their Royal College examinations. This July, all our PGY 5 residents will start very prestigious Fellowships.

Dr. Yousuf AlQurashi is completing his Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship and will be returning to Saudi Arabia to start his practice. We welcome Dr. Fahad AlZadjali as our new Departmental Head and Neck Oncology Fellow.

Our Departmental members serve on many local, national, and international committees. Thank you to our Faculty members who serve on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Examination Board and the Royal College International - Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization Collaborative Examination Board.

The last 2+ years have been very exhausting for all of us as we try to provide optimal care for patients. The recent Harvard Business Review digital article "Leading an Exhausted Workforce" by Robin Abrahams and Boris Groysberg (March 25, 2022) provides extremely helpful advice for coping with these difficult times. Certainly, it is important to look after yourself and spend time with family and friends.

Our Department remains committed to excellence in patient care, research and innovation, continuous quality improvement, and medical education. It is an honour for me to serve as Department Chair. I hope you find our website informative. For further information about our Department, please see our updated Departmental Newsletter, Headlight, and our YouTube Virtual Welcome University of Ottawa Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  You can also follow us on Instagram @OttawaOHNS



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