About Us

The Department of Surgery has eight academic divisions (including both adult and pediatric divisions of surgery), each with residency training and fellowship positions.

The Department of Surgery has made great strides in the development of minimally invasive techniques in all divisions, and are at the forefront of this movement in Canada.

In the current strategic plan, there are tremendous efforts toward quality and patient safety. The Ottawa Hospital is the first Health Sciences Centre in Canada to join the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) in its multispecialty, high-volume option.

We are also proud of our new training facility. The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) is a partnership of The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. It is the largest centre in Canada (22,000 sq. feet) and one of the largest in North America. The uOSSC will enhance patient safety by improving the education opportunities for surgeons and forming best clinical practice through innovative research. The Centre has a superb complement of PhD educators and researchers along with many Faculty members with a Master’s in Education background to oversee the rapid development of its activities.

In 2019, the academic department adopted new vision and mission statements, as follows:

  • Vision
    • To provide leading surgical care through our innovative, inclusive & collaborative academic programs in quality improvement, research, education & wellness
  • Mission
    • We deliver outstanding and compassionate surgical care by:
      • Striving for continuous quality of care improvements
      • Empowering surgeon researchers, educators & administrators
      • Providing exceptional educational programs
      • Pursuing ongoing professional development & technical mastery
      • Inspiring wellness & balance
  • Values
    • Respect
    • Commitments to Quality & Teamwork
    • Compassion


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