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Moving Medicine Forward

Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre

The Department of Medicine and the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute seeks applications for a full-time academic cardiologist with specialization in women’s cardiovascular health to lead the academic and clinical mission of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre.


The successful applicant will join a group of 42 cardiologists and will Chair the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) under the auspices of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Details of its extensive portfolio of research, educational, clinical, peer-support and knowledge translation initiatives are available here.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing heart disease. Delivering high-tech care with a personal touch, shape the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced, and revolutionize cardiac treatment and understanding. Building knowledge through research and translate discoveries into advanced care. We serve the local, national, and international communities as we pioneer a new era in heart health.


Skills Required

Candidates must hold FRCPC certification in Cardiology or equivalent specialty certification. Preference will be given to candidates with a significant academic profile, with a demonstrated track record of research and/or education in the field of women’s cardiovascular health.

The successful candidate will be eligible for a license to practice medicine in Ontario; hold an academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or above at the University of Ottawa within the Department of Medicine; be a member of or be eligible for membership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association; and, have experience teaching medical students and residents. Academic appointment ranking is based on qualifications and experience.

The University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital are bilingual institutions and therefore in the case of potentially successful candidates of equal ability, a bilingual (French/English) candidate would be preferred.


Job Benefits

The income for this position is derived from a variety of sources including but not limited to clinical billings (fee-for-service), salary support (AFP/APP) as well as honorariums/stipends. Practice profile will be negotiated based on expected academic and clinical deliverables.

Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.

Additional Details

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is TOH’s research arm. It ranks fourth out of more than 600 Canadian hospitals for competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research. OHRI houses over 2,200 researchers, publishing more than 2,000 studies yearly, with hundreds being high impact publications (top 10% or citations) and places 5th overall in Canada for research funding.

The Department of Medicine is a research-intensive Department. Members currently hold 28 University Research Chairs. The Department receives approximately $60 million per year in external research funding and members publish approximately 1200 peer-reviewed publications annually.

The Faculty of Medicine is a nationally recognized leader, ranked among Canada’s top-tier medical faculties. The Faculty ranks 3rd in Canada for research intensity in Medicine/Science (Maclean’s) and 4th in Canada for citations (2022 THE rankings). The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world and the first and largest bilingual medical school in Canada. The Faculty of Medicine has a long history of conducting the highest quality basic and clinical research, in close partnership with affiliated hospitals and research institutes. The Web of Science recently published a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world, where seven out of eight researchers identified from the uOttawa are from the Faculty of Medicine. Together, these remarkable achievements are a strong testament to the competitiveness and excellence of our Faculty.

The City of Ottawa provides a thriving multicultural and bilingual environment. Ottawa boasts numerous cultural activities as well as readily accessible sporting and natural resources, making it an ideal family and healthy living environment.

The Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in our work environment. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. We encourage qualified applicants from all groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity to apply. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the recruitment process.

Please note Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Approximate Start Date
July 2023
Job Location
40 Ruskin Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range
$TBC-$TBC Per year
Posting Date
January 9, 2023
Closing Date
May 15, 2023
Application Process

Please forward a 1-2 page letter of intent, 3 references (who will not be contacted without permission) and a CV to Dr David Birnie, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Head Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa at .

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