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  • Michel Chrétien MD

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Scientist

    Michel Chrétien received his medical degree from the University of Montréal in 1960. This was followed by his post-graduate studies at McGill and Harvard Universities (Peter Bent Brigham Hospital) at the University of California in Berkeley and UCSF. He spent a sabbatical year at the Salk Institute and at Cambridge University (UK). He returned to Canada in 1967 to the Clinical Research Institute of Montréal (IRCM). From 1984 to 1994, he was Scientific Director of the Institute. From January 1998 to April 2001, he was Scientific Director of the Loeb Health Research Institute at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. In 2005 he founded the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology.

    Michel Chrétien is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Michel Chrétien has received five Honoris Causa: in 1980 from the Université de Liège in Belgium; in 1992 from the Université René Descartes in Paris; in 1996 from the Laurentian University in Sudbury; in 1999 from the University of Guelph; and in May 2000 from Memorial University in Newfoundland.

    In 2004, Président Chirac named him Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur de la République Française. He is Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. He is Officer of the Order of Canada (1986) and of the l’Ordre national du Québec (1994).

    In Canada, he received the Izaak-Walton-Killam Memorial Prize (1995), the Henry Friesen Award (1999) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Medal of Honour (1999) given by Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, the Actualité Médicale Medal of Scientific Merit (2000) and the Archambault Medal (1978) from the Association canadienne française pour l’avancement des sciences (ACFAS). The Royal Society of Canada honoured him with its McLaughlin Medal (1993), the Canadian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CSBMB) with its Boehringer-Mannheim Award (1993), and the Manning Foundation (Calgary) with its Award of Distinction (1995). In the United States, he was the Fuller Albright lecturer (1992) of the Peripatetic Club and the Metzger lecturer of the American Clinical and Climatological Association (1990). Throughout his distinguished career, he was member of many scientific societies, committees and boards including the UNESCO International Scientific Advisory Committee, the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Science and Innovation Council.

    Trained as a physician, Michel Chrétien made many of his scientific contributions in basic science. In 1967, he proposed the pro-hormone theory. In 1976, he discovered human ?-endorphin. In 1990, his group identified the proprotein convertases, enzymes that are involved in a number of debilitating conditions including: hypercholesterolemia, cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and viral disorders like SARS, influenza, HIV/AIDS and Chronic fatigue syndrome. His research is expected to produce novel approaches not only to diagnose and treat these illnesses but to prevent them. He has presented hundreds of lectures around the world. To date, he has published more than 575 scientific articles.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Senior Scientist
    Phone: 613 761 4614
    Email: mchretien@ohri.ca
    Office:

    M09, Civic Campus, Loeb Building

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    Administrative Contact
    Phone: 613 761 4614
    Fax: 613 761 4920
    Mailing Address: 725 Parkdale Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9
  • Heather Clark MDCM FRCPC MSc FACP

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Teacher

    A McGill graduate in Medicine, Dr. Clark is currently Program Director for the General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program. She has an extensive administrative profile and an epidemiology background. She was one of our Clinical Scholars in Epidemiology and remains an affiliate investigator with OHRI. She is an Examiner for the RCP Fellowship Examinations. Her major clinical interest is Obstetrical Medicine. She is Associate Professor and her career track is as a Clinician-investigator with the Faculty of Medicine.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Physician, General Internal Medicine
    Phone: 613 761 5164
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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Pauline Denault
    Phone: 613 761 5164
    Fax: 613 761 4036
    Email: pdenault@toh.on.ca
    Mailing Address: Ottawa Hospital –Civic Campus, D105A 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4E9
  • Mark Clemons MD FRCP (UK)

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Investigator

    Dr Mark Clemons graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. (B.Med.Sci; MB BS). He completed his post-doctoral training in internal medicine and medical oncology at theHammersmithHospital,London;ChristieHospital,Manchester(MSc, Oncology; MD, Oncology) and at thePrincessMargaretHospital,Toronto. He is currently a Clinical Investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (Cancer Therapeutics Program), staff medical oncologist (Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre) and Associate Professor (UniversityofOttawa). A proponent of high quality clinical trials research, he is involved in a large number of experimental therapeutic studies for patients with early stage, locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer. He is the recipient of multiple peer-reveiwed research grants and is widely published in the field of breast cancer management. He is internationally recognised for his work on using tumour and serum biomarkers to improve the management of patients with locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer. His work on strategies to improve tissue acquisition during systemic therapy have also improved the assessment of both the efficacy of novel therapeutic agents but also innovative ways of administering established agents. His research vision is to focus specifically on moving biomarker studies into the clinic to provide individualized patient-tailored care.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Medical Oncologist, Assistant Professor
    Phone: 613-737-8899 x 70170
    Office:

    The Ottawa Hospital, Cancer Centre, 501 Smyth Road, Box 912, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6

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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Monica Skillen
    Phone: 613-737-8899 x 70170
    Fax: 613-247-3511
    Email: mskillen@toh.on.ca
    Mailing Address: The Ottawa Hospital, Cancer Centre, 501 Smyth Road, Box 912, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
  • Cathy Code BScN MD FRCPC

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Teacher

    Dr. Code is a former nurse and a McMaster MD graduate. She served as Program Director for the Core Medicine Program at the University of Ottawa. She is very active clinically with interests in thrombosis and pre-op assessment, as well as a continuing commitment to the in-patient service. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa on the career track as a Clinician-teacher.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, University of Ottawa
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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Michelle Donovan
    Phone: 613-761-4473
    Fax: 613 761 5164
    Email: mdonovan@toh.ca
  • Vladimir Contreras-Dominguez MD FAMMCTI

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Teacher

    Dr. Contreras-Dominiguez is an MD from the University of La Salle, Mexico. He is trained both in Internal Medicine and Critical Care and has a research interest in Pulmonary Hypertension. He attends the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic in the Heart Institute. He is also Director of the AMA (step-down unit) at the Civic Campus. He is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and an Associate Director of the Undergraduate Medicine Clerkship Program.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Physician, General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
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    Administrative Contact
    Name: Pauline Denault
    Phone: 613 761 5164
    Fax: 613 761 4036
    Email: pdenault@toh.on.ca
    Mailing Address: Ottawa Hospital –Civic Campus, D105B 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4E9
  • Curtis Cooper MD FRCPC

    Physician Bio

    Faculty Career Path: Clinician Investigator

    Dr. Curtis Cooper trained at theUniversityof Saskatchewan(MD 1994). He received certification in Internal Medicine in 1997 and in Infectious Diseases in 1999 while at theUniversity of Manitoba. He completed an HIV Research Fellowship and Masters of Epidemiology in 2002 while at the University of Ottawa. He is currently an Associate Professor with the University of Ottawa, Infectious Diseases Consultant with the Ottawa Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases, and Associate Clinical Researcher with the Ottawa Health Research Institute. As a clinical researcher, his research activities encompass HIV, viral hepatitis, and vaccine development. His work is focused on the development of new therapeutic agents and the delivery of treatment that maximizes safety, adherence and safety.

    Physician Contact
    Title: Physician, Infectious Diseases
    Phone: 613-737-8899 x 72296
    Office:

    Ottawa Hospital - General Campus

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    Administrative Contact
    Name: David Mackie
    Phone: 613-737-8899 x 72296
    Fax: 613-737-8164
    Email: dmackie@toh.ca
    Mailing Address: Ottawa Hospital - General Campus, 501 Smyth Road, Box 223, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6