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Division of Critical Care

Overview

The Division of Critical Care Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa is unique in that it is in fact an Interdepartmental Division, and thus has members from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesiology.  This multi-specialty makeup enables the Division to provide the broadest scope of expertise in the management of critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) at the Civic and General Campuses of The Ottawa Hospital.

Ottawa has achieved much success in the education, clinical epidemiology and administrative fields, all of which has been designed to improve patient care for critically ill patients.  To keep expanding on these successes, Critical Care is recruiting new members to explore areas of academic interest, and to enhance the areas of academic strength.  True to its multi-specialty background, Critical Care is also collaborating with many Departments within The Ottawa Hospital, and other hospitals within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) to ensure that these successes translate to improved patient care for all critically ill patients.

Research

The Division of Critical Care boasts a well established and nationally recognized tradition of conducting research for the critically ill patient. We have a collaborative team that is well-trained, motivated, and dynamic and we have the necessary research infrastructure to support this terrific team. Many of our research programs are recognized nationally and internationally and include the study of resuscitation and transfusion, monitoring the variability of complex physiological systems, drug safety and compatibility in the critically ill and vascular health in the peril-operative patient population. Research conducted by the Division of Critical Care in Ottawa is done through teamwork, mentorship and through collaborative links with the highly-respected and productive Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.

We continue to maintain a successful translational research program, despite a very small faculty size. This past year 177 patients were enrolled in randomized clinical trials, with an additional 74 patients enrolled in observational trials.

 From a faculty perspective, nine Principal Investigator research grants and eleven co-Investigator grants were awarded this past year, totally over 1.5 million dollars.

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Education

Through the University of Ottawa, the Division of Critical Care offers a comprehensive Residency program in Adult Critical Care Medicine. It has received full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), with strengths in clinical training and excellence in medical education and research. The Division of Critical Care also supports Undergraduate and Postgraduate Electives.

Patient Care

The Division of Critical Care Medicine cares for critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) at both the Civic and General Campuses.  Both ICUs work as medical-surgical units, with staff physicians providing 24-hour care for their patients.   The multi-specialty makeup of the Department enables clinical expertise in Medical, Surgical and Anesthesiology care to be provided to the ICU patients by the ICU staff physicians.

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Some Notable Honours and Achievements in Recent Years:

  • Drs Shane English, Gianni D’Egidio, Scott Millington, Aimee Sarti, Giuseppe Pagliarello and Dalibor Kubelik received the TOH Angel awards for 2015–16, in recognition of their exemplary roles as advocates for patient care at The Ottawa Hospital.
  • Dr. Rakesh Patel received the Department of Medicine’s “Going The Extra Mile Award” in 2015–16. Dr. Patel’s tireless efforts at improving residency education, clinical bedside care and pharmacotherapeutics as Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee for TOH are just but a fraction of the contributions Dr. Patel has given TOH and the University of Ottawa, in addition to his 10 years of service as Residency Program Director for Critical Care. His award is well-deserved—congratulations!
  • Dr. Michael Hartwick serves as the Regional Medical Lead for Organ Donation for Trillium Gift of Life. Drs Hartwick, Cardinal and Sarti are currently collaborating on national curriculum development for physician communication with organ and tissue donation.
  • Dr. Erin Rosenberg successfully completed her Master’s Degree as part of her Clinical Scholarship with the University of Cincinnati in Health Administration (MHA) in the summer of 2015.
  • Dr. Aimee Sarti successfully completed her Master’s Degree as part of her Clinical Scholarship with the University of Dundee (Scotland) in Medical Education (MMEd) in the fall of 2016.
  • Dr. Aimee Sarti received the University of Ottawa Medical Associates (UOMA) Scholarship in July 2015, whose funding for 2016 was provided by Critical Care Medicine.
  • Dr. Gianni D’Egidio was appointed as Program Director for the Residency Training Program in January 2016.

Location Information

THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL, CIVIC CAMPUS, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa ON  K1Y 4E9

THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL, GENERAL CAMPUS, 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa ON  K1H 8L6