Head, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital

$350 000-$500 000
Posting Date:
July 26, 2018
Closing Date:
Friday 7 September, 2018
Start Date:
Monday 17 December, 2018

* Applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM EST on the closing date (Friday 7 September, 2018)

Skills Required:

An inspirational leader is sought to drive change and advance the academic enterprise of the Division of Medical Oncology over the next five years. The ideal candidate will be an internationally respected scholar and visionary leader with sophisticated interpersonal skills. S/he will meaningfully engage the academic leadership of the University and the affiliated teaching hospitals to build strong cross-department and cross-discipline collaboration, bridge diverse groups, strengthen capacity in research across disciplines, and provide strong mentorship to trainees and faculty at all stages of career. The individual will establish an overarching vision and strategic direction for the Division.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team at multiple sites, demonstrate academic and clinical leadership experience as well as strong organizational skills. The successful applicant must be licensed to practice medicine in Ontario and hold (or is eligible for) certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; be a member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Additional formal training in Medical Oncology is an asset.

The successful candidate should demonstrate academic success in leading research programs and developing junior faculty and as well clinical leadership. The successful candidate must be eligible for a University rank of Associate Professor or higher. Fluency in both official Canadian Languages is an asset.


Job Duties:

The successful applicant is accountable to the Chair & Chief of the Department in fulfilling the mission, vision and goals of the Department, the Hospital(s) and the Faculty, in particular as they relate to the Division. The Division Head holds a joint appointment as the Head of the Division for academics and clinical services.

The Division Head is part of the leadership team of the Department of Medicine.  As such, the Division Head will work with hospital(s) and faculty leadership. This is a combined role; this role includes clinical services, administrative responsibilities and opportunity for research activities.


Additional Details:

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is the largest academic health center in Canada and has the distinction of being the Capital’s primary health services provider covering a Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) of hospitals and care providers spanning over 20,000 km2.  The Division of Medical Oncology is a member of the Department of Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. the Division Provides all medical onoclogy services to Eastern Ontario with a population of over 1.2 million.

Our Medical Oncologists are supported by allied health professionals in tumour-site-specific teams.  The Division has a leading role in conducting local, national and international clinical trials in association with the Ottawa Health Research Institute, and is a major contributor to the research programs of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group.  The Division also fulfills its academic role through undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education activities. The Division of Medical Oncology is part of the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and provides a wide range of cancer care and services ranging from prevention/screening, through assessment and treatment, to end of life and survivorship care.

The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program offers cancer services at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre located at TOH’s General Campus and at the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre located at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. The Division of Medical Oncology has 22 faculty members. Last year the group published over 130 papers and is currently participating in approximately 180 clinical trials. The division supports 4 residents and 4 post residency training fellowships per year. They have 34 inpatient beds, perform approximately 4000 new systemic consults per year and over 29,000 systemic suite visits (chemo treatment) per year. For more information on the Division of Medical Oncology and the Department of Medicine please visit www.thinkottawamedicine.ca.

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world and the only bilingual medical school in Canada. The Faculty and its affiliated research institute partners are second in Canada by Maclean’s magazine for research intensity; second highest growth rate in Tri-Council Funding (all programs) since 2003; and third highest growth rate in Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding for universities with medical schools since 2003.

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and annual budget of over $1.2 billion. We rank third out of more than 600 Canadian hospitals for competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Over the past five years, Department of Medicine members were responsible for $165 million received in peer-reviewed funding and in the past year, over 950 department research studies were published in peer-reviewed journals. For more information on the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute please visit www.ohri.ca.

The city of Ottawa provides a thriving multicultural and bilingual environment. Ottawa boasts numerous cultural activities as well as readily accessible sporting and natural resources, making it an ideal family and healthy living environment.

The Department of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, bilingual persons (French and English) and members of visible minorities. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Chair & Chief, Department of Medicine, at 613-737-8900. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to Faculty members in their second official language.

Terms of Employment:

The position of Division Head is a five-year term appointment with the possibility of reappointment for an additional five-year term.

The income for this position is derived from a variety of sources including but not limited to clinical billings (fee-for-service), salary support (AFP/APP), honorariums/stipends and Dept. of Medicine contributions. As a result, advertised salary is an estimate.  Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.


Applications sent to:

Interested applicants, please forward a letter of interest and up-to-date curriculum vitae to Charlene D’Silva on behalf of Dr. Philip Wells, Chair & Chief, Department of Medicine at cdsilva@toh.ca


Division Head Terms of Reference (2017):

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