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From a young age, Dr. Ronda Lun was fascinated by neuroscience and the brain — you could say it came naturally, as her father was a neurosurgeon. But today, Dr. Lun is carving out her own career path at The Ottawa Hospital, focusing on clinical care and research for stroke patients. Author of more than 34 papers to date, Dr. Lun received an honoura…
 
When Camille Leahy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 35, it was a devastating blow. Despite many rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, her cancer kept returning. In this episode, she talks about the rollercoaster ride that led her to our hospital’s Canadian-first CAR T-cell therapy clinical trial — where she finall…
 
The year 2022 was an important one at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation with the launch of the historic Campaign to Create Tomorrow. In this episode, Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, looks back at the momentous year. Listen to find out how he would best describe 2022, as well as: the donor stories that helped kick off th…
 
Dr. Robert Fahed is one of only four interventional neuroradiologists and stroke neurologists in Canada. In this episode, he discusses the innovative and ever-evolving stroke treatment happening at The Ottawa Hospital, including thrombectomy, where blood clots are plucked from the brains of patients suffering from ischemic stroke. You’ll learn more…
 
On a cold night in December 2019, Travis Vaughan was rushed to The Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre after a snowmobile crash in rural Ottawa. He had a critical leg injury and was losing blood quickly. It was all hands on deck for his care team that night and in the days and months ahead. In this episode, Travis is reunited with a member of his medical…
 
As a child growing up in northern Iran, Dr. Taha Azad was amazed as he watched the glow of fireflies. Today, he’s using the secret behind their glow to study cancer at The Ottawa Hospital and has big plans for the future. Dr. Azad is the 2022 recipient of the Worton Researcher in Training Award. Dr. John Bell described him as among the best post-do…
 
Born into a family of nurses, it might seem like a career in nursing was the natural choice for Mary Farnand. But it took her a little while to find her way there. Today, Mary is a nurse navigator at The Ottawa Hospital’s Ages Cancer Assessment Clinic and can’t picture doing anything else. She spends her days working with patients, advocating for e…
 
As a young athlete playing semi-pro soccer and studying overseas, Haydn Bechthold felt invincible. But a diagnosis of colorectal cancer at age 22 quickly changed that perspective. The news was a shock. He was young, active, and otherwise healthy. When Haydn was referred to The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, there was a full team assembled to care f…
 
Growing up in Mumbai, India, Dr. Pradeep Merchant dreamed of becoming a doctor. For the past three decades, he’s worked at The Ottawa Hospital as a leader in neonatology, advocating for our tiniest patients. He also sits on The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board and Campaign to Create Tomorrow Executive Committee — dedicated to delivering the best he…
 
Philanthropy is a core value for Janet McKeage. It was instilled in her growing up in a military family and it’s reflected in the work she does today as a business leader in our community in her role at RBC. For Janet, philanthropy is not only about giving but about volunteering time for things that matter most to her, like The Ottawa Hospital. Tod…
 
Faced with an MS diagnosis at age 23, and with her condition deteriorating, Geneviève Bétournay turned to a groundbreaking MS stem cell transplant pioneered right here at The Ottawa Hospital. Geneviève shares the emotional journey since diagnosis, the life-changing moment of meeting Dr. Mark Freedman, and the raw reality of the treatment. She talks…
 
In the spring of 2022, Dr. Michael Rudnicki was formally admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society — the world’s oldest and most prestigious scientific institution. He is one of only 12 Canadians to hold this honour. In our conversation, Dr. Rudnicki describes this as a pinnacle moment in his career. He explains how he prepared to be welcomed into …
 
Ten years ago, at the age of 16, Lukas Marshy was rushed to The Ottawa Hospital in medical distress and extreme pain. He needed our skilled neurosurgery team to treat a rare condition that resulted in a massive brain hemorrhage. In our conversation, Lukas explains how his condition deteriorated quickly that day, the calmness that came over him when…
 
The Ottawa Hospital is ahead of the game when it comes to data in healthcare. In fact, for two decades we’ve been exploring the role of “big data”, while other institutions are only getting started. Today, our hospital is a world-leader in this field and has ambitious plans to deploy one of the most advanced data analytics platforms in Canada, if n…
 
If you met Casey Delaney today, you’d never know the kindergarten teacher was once in a life-altering accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and an uncertain future. Casey and her husband, Scott Labrosse, reflect on the hot summer day in 2018 that changed their lives. They discuss Casey’s extensive injuries, the specialized care she r…
 
At The Ottawa Hospital, we are harnessing biology to fight disease. Our hospital is home to a state-of-the-art Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC). It’s our unique contribution to one of the most advanced areas of scientific innovation. Dr. Jen Quizi is the Director of the Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre in the virus manufacturing facil…
 
Dr. Lynn Megeney is a senior scientist in the regenerative medicine program at The Ottawa Hospital. In this episode, he explains why he jumped at the chance to come to Ottawa instead of going south of the border, and the influence Drs. Ron Worton and Michael Rudnicki had on his career. He also shares why sometimes it’s good to “rock the boat”, like…
 
The Greenberg name in Ottawa has long been synonymous with service to the community and countless philanthropic projects. As Chair of the Campaign to Create Tomorrow — the largest fundraising campaign in our city’s history — Roger Greenberg continues his family’s legacy. In this episode, he discusses: why this role was important to him. his family’…
 
On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation launched the historic $500-million Campaign to Create Tomorrow. This comprehensive fundraising campaign will transform healthcare not only in our community and across our country, but around the world. This episode brings you the official announcement from the New Campus Development site on…
 
Jess Lambert is training for her first marathon. It’s a feat for anyone, but just eight years ago, after a cliff diving accident, Jess didn’t know if she’d ever walk again. Today, she shares her story of being rushed to The Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre by air ambulance, why she gives back to The Ottawa Hospital, and her message for others who are …
 
Through a $2-million donation from TD Bank Group, The Ottawa Hospital will create the new TD Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) Hub that will accelerate the development and use of AI in healthcare. This could be a game-changer for patients not only in Ottawa but also across Canada and around the globe. In this episode, our guests include: Dr…
 
In March 2015, Ashley Ruelland was driving to a bachelorette party in Mont Tremblant, when she was hit head-on by another car that crossed over the centre line on a Quebec highway. She was rushed to The Ottawa Hospital’s Trauma Centre and spent nine months in hospital. Ashley shares her story including: enduring over 100 hours of surgeries. how she…
 
Dr. Grace Christou is a hematologist in the leukemia program at The Ottawa Hospital. In this episode, she discusses MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes) and how it was once known as pre-leukemia but it's now recognized as a form of cancer. Dr. Christou also talks about the team approach to caring for patients, the impact of research, and her special bon…
 
With each cancer diagnosis, a patient and their family face a difficult and uncertain future. Stu Schwartz, better known as Stuntman Stu, takes us through his personal cancer journey starting when he received a leukemia diagnosis in 2016. Stu talks about: the initial hours and days following his diagnosis. the physicians and nurses who have been by…
 
The Grass Family Men’s Health Clinic opened in late 2021. It’s a new, dedicated space to provide excellence in men’s health and research. Dr. Stuart Oake takes us inside the new clinic — a first-of-its-kind in Canada — to explain the impact it will have on patients in the future and the role philanthropy played in making it a reality. (17:37)…
 
A made-in-Canada CAR-T therapy clinical trial offers new hope to patients with leukemia or lymphoma. Dr. Natasha Kekre, a hematologist and an associate scientist at The Ottawa Hospital, is leading the development of Canada’s first CAR-T research platform. In this conversation, Dr. Kekre takes us behind the scenes to learn more about this groundbrea…
 
Meet Jeannette Cheng, a registered nurse at The Ottawa Hospital. Jeannette talks about the car crash in 2007 that brought her to our Trauma Centre — she was suffering from life-threatening injuries. She’ll share the moment during her care that would redefine her career path and she explains what her role means to her today. Jeannette also discusses…
 
Meet Dr. Dean Fergusson — this year’s recipient of the Grimes Career Achievement Award. As a senior scientist specializing in transfusion medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Fergusson’s research has already saved thousands of lives and improved blood transfusions for millions of people around the world. In this episode, he talks about his research…
 
A cancer diagnosis in early 2020 was shocking news for Dan MacMillan and Jenny Chen to absorb. In this episode, Dan shares the emotional journey of facing his diagnosis during a pandemic, and Jenny talks about supporting him, her best friend, during this difficult time. Together, they explain how their friendship turned into more and what inspires …
 
Meet Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz, the Head and Chief of the Department of Mental Health at our hospital. In this conversation, he explains what attracted him to The Ottawa Hospital from Iowa in 2020, the unique role our hospital plays in mental care in our community, his plans to grow the program, and the impact research will have on patient care. He also…
 
Dr. Jean Seely is a radiologist and the Head of Breast Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital. She has dedicated her career to increasing early detection for breast cancer to help more patients avoid the pain and suffering of a later diagnosis. In this episode, Dr. Seely reveals the personal story that led her down this career path. She dives into how digi…
 
Philanthropy plays a vital role in providing world-class care to patients at The Ottawa Hospital. In this episode, you'll meet Janet Pigott, a cancer patient, and Gavin Murphy, a generous supporter. Hear about the special connection Janet made to philanthropy as she waited for cancer treatment one day and Gavin's message to the community about why …
 
Take a step inside the future of healthcare, as Cameron Love, the President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital, takes you on an audio tour of the new Civic development site on Carling Avenue. You’ll hear about improved patient flow for the most complex healthcare procedures, a new novel Command Centre, technologically advanced operating rooms, and lead…
 
Cutting-edge research at The Ottawa Hospital is transforming how we treat cancer — developing treatments uniquely tailored to each patient. In this episode, Dr. Arif Ali Awan, a medical oncologist and clinical investigator discusses: New ways cancer could be detected in the not-so-distant future. How our knowledge of cancer is constantly changing. …
 
In this episode, you’ll meet Jenna Keindel. Jenna was diagnosed with a rare type of muscular dystrophy when she was 16 years old. For years, Jenna’s doctors at The Ottawa Hospital tried to identify the genetic subtype of the disease because without that information they couldn’t predict how it would progress. Finally, after 23 years, a breakthrough…
 
Giving back to our hospital became an even bigger priority for Mike Bull after his wife, Rie Bull, was rushed to our Emergency Department in 2017 after collapsing due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Today, Mike continues to incorporate his love of cycling and philanthropy because he's grateful for how our experts tackled his wife's complex case. List…
 
Dr. Guillaume Martel is a surgeon from The Ottawa Hospital's liver and pancreas unit. He's also the first Arnie Vered Family Chair in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Research — appointed in 2019. In this episode, he discusses complex abdominal surgeries, his research into pancreatic, liver, and bile duct cancers, and the innovative clinical trials providi…
 
Blood clots, or thrombosis, have been a much-discussed health topic during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Dr. Marc Carrier and Dr. Lana Castellucci help us better understand blood clots, the global impact their research is having on patient care, and how the pandemic thrust their area of expertise into the spotlight.…
 
Five years after stunning results from a world-first clinical trial for MS patients were announced, we check back in with the lead researchers. We also catch up with one of the patients who participated in the trial to get an update on how she is doing today. Guests: Dr. Harry Atkins Dr. Mark Freedman Jennifer Molson…
 
With the vision in her left eye deteriorating quickly in the fall of 2020, Michele Juma travelled from her home in Sault Ste. Marie to The Ottawa Hospital where she received specialized care. Tests revealed the mother of four had a meningioma tumour and time was not on her side to save her vision.The Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Amy-Lynn Howson has been a nurse for nine years. It was only recently though she became known as the "Singing Nurse" from The Ottawa Hospital. It all started when she brought her guitar into work one night to sing "You are not alone" — a song she wrote four years ago under very different circumstances.…
 
Go behind the scenes to learn more about Dr. John Sinclair, the Director of Neurosurgical Oncology and the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital. You'll learn about the innovative technology he's worked to bring to Ottawa to provide better care for cancer patients. He also gives us a glimpse inside the OR, his dream for the fut…
 
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s, affecting at least 100,000 Canadians. Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are investigating this disease to learn more to help better care for patients and ultimately to find a cure. In this episode, you'll hear how the power of philanthropy is helping. Guests…
 
Meet gynecologic surgeon Dr. Sony Singh. In this episode, he provides insight into the number of people suffering from endometriosis. He also discusses uterine fibroids, minimally invasive surgery, and the impact of donor support advancing patient care.The Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Our hospital has played a significant leadership role in our region's response to COVID-19. One year into the pandemic, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Cameron Love reflects on the challenges, the silver linings, and the signs of hope that are emerging.The Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Vanessa Large, Cindy McCambley, and Leah Mills share their stories from the frontlines of the pandemic. Hear their candid accounts about fears of the unknown, the long-haul exhaustion, and the pride of caring for their patients during these unprecedented times.The Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
The Ottawa Hospital saved Kimberly Mountain’s life after the discovery of a cancerous brain tumour. Today, she’s confident if the cancer comes back, The Ottawa Hospital will be ready to save her again. Hear Kimberly's story.The Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Bryde Fresque needed a skilled team and a complex surgery to come up with a diagnosis of pheochromocytoma – a rare tumour that left his future uncertain. Guests: - Bryde Fresque, patient - Dr. Carolyn Nessim, a surgical oncologist and clinician investigator at The Ottawa HospitalThe Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Bushra Saeed-Khan was just eight weeks into what was to be a year-long tour in Afghanistan in 2009 when her light armoured vehicle hit an IED. What followed was a long journey from trauma to healing. Guests: - Bushra Saeed-Khan - Dr. Nancy Dudek, Medical Director of the Amputee ProgramThe Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Take a glimpse inside the life of the people caring for patients at the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Centre. Dr. Maher Matar, a trauma surgeon, discusses the highly-skilled team that comes together each time trauma patients come through our doors.The Ottawa Hospital Foundation tarafından oluşturuldu
 
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