Dr. Alaa Rostom in the Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, effective August 1, 2013.
Dr. Rostom returns to Ottawa from the University of Calgary where he spent the last 7 years in the planning and implementation of the Calgary zone colorectal cancer screening program. He held several positions in Calgary including deputy chief division of gastroenterology, zone medical director of the Alberta colorectal screening program and medical director of the Colon Cancer Screening Centre. Dr Rostom was also the chair of the RCPSC Exam board for Gastroenterology and the Chair of education for the Canadian association of Gastroenterology (CAG). Dr. Rostom is actively involved in measuring and evaluating endoscopy quality and technology that assists in tracking endoscopy outcomes including quality in real time. He developed the first validated clinical instrument for the evaluation of comfort/safety during colonoscopy. He helped initiate the CAGâ€™s endoscopy train the trainers program as well as the endoscopy masterâ€™s program during his tenure as education chair, and he currently co-chairs the CAGâ€™s endoscopy maintenance of competency and upskiling program.
Dr. Rostomâ€™s research interests include endoscopy outcomes and quality, endoscopy clinical trials, Celiac Disease, and NSAID toxicity of the GI tract.