Division of Gastroenterology


The Division of Gastroenterology  at The Ottawa Hospital is an experienced group of Academic clinicians with special interests in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colon Cancer, Liver Disease/Liver Failure,  and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy.  We provide tertiary care and clinical expertise to a large population of patients with all types of acute and chronic gastrointestinal disorders.  We have recently recruited several young gastroenterologists who have obtained advanced trained at highly respected centres in both IBD and Endoscopic Ultrasound.


The GI Division has several highly respected teachers who are active at both  the Fellowship and at the Undergraduate Level.  We have a long standing Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognized training programme in Gastroenterology which was again accredited this year. We have had a 100% success rate at the Fellowship exams and all our graduates have been successful in establishing practices either in Academic settings or in the community. Our strengths are our clinical expertise and large patient exposure. We have a collegial group who interact on a regular basis with the General Surgery  programme, as well as radiology and pathology departments. We maintain an excellent education to service ratio for the GI fellows in the Programme. We currently have 5 GI fellows and residents in Medicine, General Surgery and ENT rotate through the service as well.

We are fortunate to now have a state of the art Endoscopy Simulation centre as part of the newly opened University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre. This will be an extremely helpful tool for teaching endoscopic techniques.

The GI program’s home base is the Ottawa General & Civic Hospital Endoscopy Units and the program director is Dr. Harinder Dhaliwal.

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Patient Care

We are about to open a multidisciplinary  Center for IBD.   Dr Lili Oliveira has just returned from specialized training in Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Chicago and will collaborate with Dr Richmond Sy and Dr Nav Saloojee as well as our experienced colorecectal surgeons in the care of patients with complicated IBD.

We have recently been joined by Dr Avi Chatterjee, who has training in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy from St Micahel’s Hospital in Toronto, as well as further training in Endoscopic Ultrasound in Australia.  He has stated a one year Fellowship Programme in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy and we have had 2 fellows through this programme.

Notable Honours and Achievements this Past Year

  • Alaa Rostom has been selected as the recipient for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Education Excellence award for 2016. The CAG Education Excellence Award is awarded to a member of the CAG who has made an outstanding contribution to education on a national or international basis. The contribution may be in the areas of direct teaching, research in education or development of educational programs.
  • Multiple Division members have received guardian angel awards and hospital recognition for excellent Care: Harry Dhaliwal, Linda Scully, Nav Saloojee, Tom Shaw-Stiffel, Avi Chatterjee.

Location Information

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



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