Division of Rheumatology

Recent Noteworthy Publications

Milman N, Boonen A, Tugwell P, Merkel PA; OMERACT Vasculitis Working Group. Clinicians’ perspective on key domains in ANCA-associated vasculitis: a Delphi exercise. Scand J Rheumatol 2016:20;1–6.

McGonagle D, Aydin SZ, Gul A, Mahr A, Direskeneli H. ’MHC-I-opathy’-unified concept for spondyloarthritis and Behcet’s disease. Nat Rev Rheumatol 2015; 11:731–40.

Welch V, Petticrew M, Petkovic J, Moher D, Waters E, White H, Tugwell P; PRISMA-Equity Bellagio group. Extending the PRISMA statement to equity-focused systematic reviews (PRISMA-E 2012): explanation and elaboration. J Clin Epidemiol 2016;70:68–89.

Humphrey-Murto S, Armstrong M, Pugh D, Touchie C, Halman S, Wood TJ. Feedback in the OSCE; do residents remember? Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2016;28: 52–60.

Welch V, Petkovic J, Pardo Pardo J, Rader T, Tugwell P. Interactive social media interventions to promote health equity: an overview of reviews. Health Promot Chronic Dis Prev Can 2016; 36:63–75.


Recent Key Peer Reviewed Grants

Straus S (Co-PI), Tugwell P (Co-Investigator). Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). DSEN Collaborating Centre for Network Meta-Analysis. 2014–2019. $6,998,765

Tugwell P, Welch V (Co-PIs). Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Improving Randomized Controlled Trials for Equity-Oriented Decisions. 2014–2017. $220,442

Dwivedi G (PI), Karsh J, Beanlands R, Chow B, De Kemp R, Glassman S, Wells P

(Co-Investigators). Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Myocardial Blood Flow Reserve and Vascular Inflammation in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: Response to Biologics. $335,576

Pagnoux C (PI), Milman N (Co-Investigator). CIORA core members of the Canadian Vasculitis Network (CanVasc) Group Knowledge Dissemination Grant. Improving the Care of Patients with Systemic Vasculitis through the Development of Management Recommendations and Educational Materials: A Canadian Vasculitis Network (CanVasc) Initiative. $90,170

Department of Medicine Education Grants Program, University of Ottawa, Where are they now? A Ten Year Follow-Up of Medical Education Research Groups. Susan Humphrey-Murto, Bridget O’Brien, Steve Durning, Larry Gruppen, Stan Hamstra, Olle ten Cate,

Cees van der Vleuten, Wendy Hu, David Irby, Lara Varpio. $22,500



The Division of Rheumatology is based at The Arthritis Centre on the 6th floor of the Riverside Campus. Our team consists of 5 full-time individuals as well as 5 part-time academic staff, nurses, a pharmacist, social worker and administrative staff. We provide exemplary care to patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. We provide service to the Champlain LHIN and outreach care to patients in Baffin Island. We are focusing on the development of priority programs including Advanced Therapeutics and Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases such as lupus, scleroderma and Sjogren’s syndrome. Considering that 1 in 6 Canadians are affected, we have significant manpower challenges. We are actively developing relationships with community physicians and agencies such as The Arthritis Society and The Osteoporosis Society. We are committed to the training of rotating students and residents from a variety of fields and are proud of our subspecialty training program. Advances in disease modifying and specifically targeted biologic therapies are contributing to the excitement in and for our subspecialty.


The Division of Rheumatology offers a two-year program and applicants must have completed at least three years of training in Internal Medicine in an accredited program recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Our program is based at the Arthritis Centre located at the Riverside Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

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Recent Notable Honours and Achievements

  • Dr. C. Douglas Smith received the Mentorship Lifetime Achievement by the Faculty of Medicine.
  • Dr. Jacob Karsh is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Rheumatology Association, the Vice-President of the Board of the Journal of Rheumatology, the Chief Medical Officer of Red Maple Trials, and an external reviewer for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH).
  • Dr. Peter Tugwell continues in his role as Director for the Center for Global Health, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa. Peter also holds a Canada Research Chair for Health Equity.
  • Dr. John Thomson is a Board Member of the CRA Executive and Chair of the Human Resources Committee. He also co-chairs the Eastern Ontario Rheumatology Association Annual Meeting with Dr. Brian Boate.
  • Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto: Co-Chair Education Research and Development Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, founding faculty member of the Canadian Association for Medical Education National Assessment Course (CAME-PACCC); she is the Interim Director for the Research Support Unit, Department of Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa and the DIME/University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Center Medical Education Fellowship Director.
  • Dr. Humphrey-Murto received the Faculty of Medicine Award of Distinction and Service University of Ottawa; a Nomination for the Meridith Marks Mentorship Award, Memorial University; and Department of Medicine Mentorship Award, University of Ottawa. The Division of Rheumatology greatly acknowledges the outstanding service Susan has championed in Medical Education in Canada over the years.