Terms of Use and Privacy Policy


Information published on the Department of Medicine Web site is provided for information and educational purposes only.

This Web site does not provide medical advice. Information provided on this site is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice or to be used for diagnosis. Due to unique individual needs and medical history, please consult your own personal physician who will be able to determine the appropriateness of the information for your specific situation and will assist you in making any decisions regarding treatment and/or medication.

The Department of Medicine and/or its physicians shall not be liable for any damages, claims, liabilities, costs or obligations arising from the use or misuse of the material contained in this web site, whether such obligations arise in contract, negligence, equity or statute law. We do not guarantee or warrant the quality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, appropriateness or suitability of the information provided.

Specific products, processes or services. Reference to or mention of specific products, processes or services do not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement by the Department of Medicine.

Links to other sites are provided as a reference to assist you in identifying and locating other Internet resources that may be of interest. Please remember that Internet resources are no substitute for the advice of a qualified health care practitioner. We do not assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained in other sites, nor do we endorse the viewpoints expressed in other sites.


The Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring that the health information of our patients is treated with respect and safeguarded to ensure privacy.

Personal information sent via email – Should you choose to provide personal information through email or other means, the information will only be used for the specific purposes for which it has been provided (e.g. to respond to a specific request, application for employment).

Server Logs – We strive to improve the access, design and functionality of our Web site so that you are able to find the information you are seeking easily and quickly. In order to do this, we need to determine what information visitors access most frequently, and we may do this by tracking statistics such as IP address, browser type, domain name, access times and referring Web site addresses. These statistics are used to improve our Web site and ensure that it provides an optimal Web experience for visitors.

When you come onto our site, the site will check to determine which browser you are using (i.e. Internet Explorer, Netscape) so that you are provided with the proper style sheet for that browser so that you may best view our site. We do not link server log information to any other data in a way that would enable us to identify individual visitors.

Cookies – We do not use cookies on this Web site.

External Web site links – This site contains links to external or third-party Web sites. The Ottawa Hospital is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any third-party Web site.

Information Privacy complaints can also be directed to Ontario’s Information Privacy Commissioner at 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400 Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1A8, or by calling 1-800-387-0073.

Copyright and Use of Content

All information on the Department of Medicine Web site is copyrighted by the Department of Medicine or by other contributors. As a visitor to this site, you are granted a limited license to display or print the information provided for personal, non-commercial use only, provided the information is not modified and all copyright and other proprietary notices are retained. None of the information may be otherwise reproduced, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written permission of an authorized representative of the Department of Medicine.


We will revise this statement as needed.


Contact Us:

Media Inquiries – All media inquiries should be directed to Tracy Serafini, Communications and Public Relations Officer, +1 613 737 8765

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