Division of Medical Oncology


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 oncology services to Eastern Ontario with a population of over 1.2 million.

There are currently 22 medical oncologists 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 is a leader in education in the undergraduate, postgraduate and accredited continuing medical education. Our division can provide a comprehensive experience in leading edge multidisciplinary care across the full spectrum of tumour sites, including novel therapies through clinical trials. We can offer encounters in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

In addition to offering educational opportunities to medical students and postgraduate trainees, we have a highly successful medical oncology training program.

For physicians who have completed their medical oncology training, we also offer 1-3 year fellowships (under the direction of Dr Tim Asmis) focused on specific tumor sites (including lung, breast, GI and GU cancers and others), with additional potential opportunities in new drug development and translational research. We welcome inquiries from both Canadian and international trainees.


Research in the Division of Oncology is geared towards improving patient care, extending survival, and ultimately curing patients of their cancer by means of innovative cancer therapies. Through The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, the division conducts between 75 and 100 clinical trials for many different types and stages of cancer.

Patient Care

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.

Recent Notable Honours and Achievements

  • Dr. Rachel Goodwin was winner of the Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer Early Drug Development Young Investigator Award at the NCIC CCTG annual meeting (for her contributions to
  • the development and evaluation of new cancer treatments) and of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium (2016)
  • Dr. Tim Asmis has taken on a major provincial leadership role as the OMA Section Chief for Hematology/Medical Oncology.
  • Dr. Paul Wheatley-Price has assumed the role of president of the national patient advocacy group Lung Cancer Canada.
  • Dr. Tina Hsu obtained grant funding for and co-lead organization of the first Canadian Network for Cancer and Aging Meeting.

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