Past Events

5 Year Anniversary

Spring 2017 marked 5 years from when the OBDC opened its doors at its new location at the General campus. Prior to that time, Ottawa Hospital hematologists were spread among 9 locations in 6 buildings on 2 campuses. The establishment of the OBDC marked the culmination of significant visioning, planning and coordination efforts, as well as the birth of a new era for Hematology in Ottawa. Over the last 5 years, the OBDC has continued its growth to become a world-renowned centre for care, research and training in blood disease, and our amalgamation under one roof has fostered our collaboration and collegiality. We celebrated this momentous achievement with a day of patient-focused public educational sessions, trainee presentations and research competitions, staff appreciation events, and a festive wine and cheese reception.  Onwards and upwards!


Dancing with the Docs!

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, The Ottawa Blood Disease Centre’s physicians¬†once again strutted¬†their stuff in the third¬†annual Dancing with the Docs fundraiser! ¬†Funds raised support The Ottawa Hospital’s priority projects including support for patients undergoing cancer treatment.¬† Last year’s sold-out show was a smashing success. Read all about it in the Ottawa Citizen!


 World Thrombosis Day Education Session

On October 13, 2016, The Ottawa Blood Disease Centre joined hundreds of organizations around the world to provide education and information about blood clots. Thank you to the many patients and family members who joined us to learn more about thrombosis research in action!

Presentation Speaker
Demystifying clinical research Tammy Beaudoin, Clinical Research Facilitator
Stopping blood thinners for elective surgery Dr. Lana Castellucci, Hematologist
Duration of blood thinning for vein blood clots Dr. Marc Rodger, Hematologist
Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Pregnancy Dr. Leslie Skeith, Thrombosis Fellow

Run for a Reason!

On May 28-29, 2016, many of our staff once again participated in The Ottawa Hospital’s annual Run for a Reason. We¬†raised thousands of dollars to¬†support our vision of establishing a Research Chair¬†in Advanced Stem Cell Therapies. It’s not too late to donate to the cause!¬†Visit the Ottawa Blood Disease Centre Runners fundraising page at¬†


Dancing with the Docs!

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, The Ottawa Hospital’s Department of Medicine hosted the second annual Dancing with the Docs fundraiser in support of the Patient Urgent Needs Fund and a Research Chair in Advanced Stem Cell Therapies.

The sold-out show was a smashing success. Read all about it in the Ottawa Citizen!


Celebrating World Thrombosis Day: Thrombosis Information Session

October 13, 2015

Presentation Speaker
Welcome Dr. Lisa Duffett, Hematologist
Care, Research & Patient Engagement Rob Gottschalk, Senior Director of Philanthropy
A History of Thrombosis Dr. Esteban Gandara, Hematologist
Blood Thinner Medications Dr. Lana Castellucci, Hematologist
Research Update: Thrombosis Treatment during Pregnancy  Anne Marie Clement, Senior Clinical Research Program Manager
Research Update: Screening for Cancer in Thrombosis Patients Dr. Marc Carrier, Hematologist
Research Update: Long-term Anticoagulation Choice Dr. Esteban Gandara, Hematologist
Research Update: Predicting Recurrence of Thrombosis Dr. Gregoire Le Gal, Hematologist
Patient Engagement Dr. Lisa Duffett, Hematologist


Dancing with the Docs!

On May 30, 2015, 600+ supporters of the Ottawa Hospital enjoyed an exhilarating dance competition between 9 brave Department of Medicine doctors! Our own hematologist Dr. Carol Gonsalves won the coveted Medicine Ball Award for her spectacular performance.  Check out highlights from the event!

Money raised will help The Ottawa Hospital establish a Research Chair in Advanced Stem Cell Therapy.


Breaking the Blood Barrier: An Information Session for Patients Living with Blood Disease

On May 1, 2014, The Ottawa Blood Disease Centre hosted a free education event for patients living with blood disorders. The event was very well attended and received, with participants encouraging us to host similar sessions in the future.

Presentation Speaker
Improving Quality of Care Through Patient Education Dr. Marc Rodger, Hematologist, Chief & Chair of the Division of  Hematology
Blood Disorders 101 Dr. Lothar Huebsch, Hematologist
Lymphoma: What You Need to Know Dr. Richard Van Der Jagt, Hematologist
What You Need to Know About Your Blood Transfusion Dr. Elianna Saidenberg, Hematologist
Myelodysplasia: A Primer Dr. Pierre Villeneuve, Hematologist
How Chemotherapy Works Harry Hopkins, Pharmacist