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  • Jim Nishikawa MD BA SC FRCPC

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Teacher

    Dr. Jim Nishikawa is a General Internal Medicine specialist and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

    Dr. Nishikawa was born in the Ottawa hospital. He received his MD and Internal Medicine training at McMaster University. His initial appointments were in the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine at McMaster. He was Director of the Clinical Teaching Unit at the Hamilton General Hospital from 1992-1998 and Head of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals from 1997 to 2000. In 1997, he won the PAIRO Excellence in clinical teaching award for McMaster. He moved to Ottawa in 2000, joining the Division of General Internal Medicine. He currently attends on the medical clinical teaching and consultation services at the Ottawa hospital. His academic/clinical interests include teaching and practicing the principles of Evidence-based medicine, clinical skills, teaching and evaluation.

    Positions and accomplishments since being in Ottawa include:

    • Chair of the English Internal Medicine Oral Examination Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2001-2003), currently on the Examination Board, Examination Committee and responsible for the New Examiner Orientation (2005-present) and Examiner Feedback and Development programs (2002-present)
    • Member (2005-2010) and Chair (2008-2009) of the Evidence-based medicine Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine (U.S.)
    • Associate editor, American College of Physicians Journal Club (1990-present)
    • Osler Award winner (Excellence in General Internal Medicine), Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, 2008
    • Associate Program Director Internal Medicine Residency program (2008-present)
    • Teaching Attainment Award with Merit, Faculty of Medicine, 2009
    • Councilor, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM, current)
    • Observer representing the CSIM on the Internal Medicine Specialty Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (current)
    • Fellowship, American College of Physicians, 2010
    • Tutored/delivered workshops in Evidence-based medicine and education nationally and internationally
    Administrative Contact
    Name: Michelle Donovan
    Phone: 613-761-4473
    Fax: 613 761 5164
  • Joel Niznick MD FRCPC

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Teacher

    Dr. Niznick practiced as a community cardiologist at the Riverside Hospital of Ottawa from 1986 until its closure and now has active hospital privileges at the Ottawa Hospital General & Riverside Sites and has Associate of Staff privileges at the Ottawa Heart Institute for cardiac catheterization.

    He is Managing Partner of the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre which offers cardiovascular care to a registered patient population of over 180,000 patients with approximately 35,000 active patients. Originally founded in 1987 by Drs. Joel Niznick and Brendan Quinn, OCC has grown to a 9 cardiologist group. As well OCC has integrated a Pediatric Cardiologist, 7 Internists and 2 Endocrinologists into the practice to deal with the broader aspects of cardiovascular risk reduction and comprehensive cardiovascular disease management. OCC provides cardiology consultation, cardiovascular risk assessment, long term cardiovascular followup and on site cardiovascular non-invasive testing at two sites. OCC’s catchment area extends from Alexandria to Deep River and the Quebec border to the St Lawrence River. Annually OCC provides upwards of 25,000 patient interactions within the broad spectrum of cardiovascular disease. Additionally OCC provides more than 15,000 diagnostic cardiac tests per year, half of which derive from external referral sources.

    Dr. Niznick’s main areas of clinical interest include cardiovascular risk reduction, cardiac physical examination education and clinical evidence dissemination and implementation. He has designed and developed the Continuing Medical Implementation website which has received over 225,000 visitors and provided over a million downloads of cardiovascular risk reduction information in the last year.

    Dr. Niznick has participated in the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Consensus Conference Panels on Heart Failure (Primary Panel), Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly (Primary Panel) where he authored the chapter on Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly, Fitness for Flying and Driving (Secondary Panel) and Refractory Angina Guidelines.

    He is a member of the Executive of the Ontario Association of Cardiologists.


    Physician Contact
    Title: Cardiologist
    Phone: 613 738 1589

    1355 Bank Street, Suite 502
    Ottawa ON K1H 8K7

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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Laurie Poulsen
    Phone: 613 738 1589
    Fax: 613 738 9097
    Mailing Address: Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre 1355 Bank Street, Suite 502 Ottawa ON K1H 8K7
  • Liliana Oliveira MD FRCPC

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Educator

    Dr. Liliana Oliveira is an assistant professor in the division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  Her main clinical and research interest is Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
    Dr. Oliveira finished a 5-year undergraduate co-op degree in Honours Biology and Pharmacology at McMaster University.  She received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa where she then went on to complete her Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterolgy Fellowship.  She then completed an advanced fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the University of Chicago Medical Centre.
    Physician Contact
    Title: Liliana Oliveira
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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Denise Yanta
    Mailing Address: The Ottawa Hospital - Riverside Professional Centre 1919 Riverside Drive, Suite 206 Ottawa ON K1H 1A2

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Investigator

    Dr. Ooi is an endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at The Ottawa Hospital and has been a full Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario since 1994. He received his medical degree from the University of Singapore and undertook postgraduate and research training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Auckland University, in New Zealand, and the University of Ottawa. Dr. Ooi is a fellow of the Australasian and Canadian Royal Colleges of Physicians. He is also an elected fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Heart Association. Dr. Ooi has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa since 1981, serving as head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1999 to 2006. Dr. Ooi has played a leadership role in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education at the University of Ottawa and makes research contributions in the field of lipoprotein disorders, focusing on postprandial lipemia, remnant lipoproteins and the role of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) in lipid metabolism. He is director of the Clinical Research and the Clinical Research Laboratory at The Ottawa Hospital – Riverside Campus. He is also Director of the Lipid Clinic. Dr. Ooi is a past-president of the Canadian Society for Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Endocrinologist

    Ottawa Hospital - Riverside Campus
    1967 Riverside Drive, Room 4-09
    Ottawa, ON K1H 4W9

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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Shauna Fairchild (Clinical Only)
    Phone: 613 738 8400 ext. 88333
    Fax: 613-738-8261
    Mailing Address: Ottawa Hospital - Riverside Campus Ottawa, ON K1H 7W9
  • Smita Pakhale MD FRCPC MSc (Epi and Biostat)

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: 

    No bio available at this time.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Respirologist
    Phone: 613 737 8899 ext 79469

    The Ottawa Hospital
    General Campus
    Centre for Practice Changing Research

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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Warsame Yusuf
    Phone: Ext: 79469
    Fax: 613 739 6807
    Mailing Address: Division of Respirology The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus 501 Smyth Road Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
  • Henrique Parsons MD, MSc

    Physician Bio

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    Physician Contact
    Phone: 613 562 6262 ext. 1361


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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Rose Ireland
    Phone: 613 562 6262 ext 4008
    Fax: 613 562 6371
    Mailing Address: EBH