About Us

What we do

The Mandate of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is to raise awareness, encourage sensitivity, and highlight pathways to improve equity issues in all aspects of medical school activity, including undergraduate and postgraduate education, research, faculty development, and the working environment for both faculty members and support staff.

Who we are

The Assistant Dean of EDI is supported by an Advisory Committee which has faculty representation from each department within the Faculty of Medicine, as well as representation from the Aesculapian Society (medical students), PARO (residents), the Graduate Student’s Association and the Faculty of Medicine Postdoctoral Association. Members of this committee monitor and promote equity issues within their individual departments or groups.  Provincial, national and international examples are studied. The impact of the current policies and climate is discussed, and recommendations are made for Faculty of Medicine policy development.


Dr. Catherine Tsilfidis, Ph.D
Assistant Dean, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Tsilfidis is a Senior Scientist in the Neuroscience Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Cellular and Molecular Medicine.  She has an active research program focused on vertebrate regeneration and on gene therapy for blinding diseases of the retina.  Dr. Tsilfidis holds the Don and Joy MacLaren Chair in Vision Research. 

Dr. Tsilfidis has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion since 2002, and has been the Director, and now Associate Dean of the EDI Office since 2011.  She has helped to develop and deliver workshops on harassment and intimidation to medical students, residents and graduate students, and has started mentoring programs for female post-doctoral fellows and for LGBTQ2SA+ learners within the Faculty of Medicine.  She has also developed workshops on unconscious bias, which are now mandatory for all members of search committees.  Dr. Tsilfidis is passionate about promoting the advancement of women in science and helping to promote a climate which is free of discrimination and inequity for all members of the Faculty of Medicine.


Kayla Hébert-Desnoyers

Manager, Faculty Affairs
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8361
Work E-mail: kayla.hebert@uottawa.ca




Chantal Prendergast

Administrative Assistant, Faculty Affairs
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8507
Email: edifom@uottawa.ca


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