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Director, Canadian National PET Centre

The Department of Medicine and the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is looking for a Director of the Canadian National PET Centre.


The successful applicant will join a group of 46 cardiologists at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI). The Division is renowned for delivery of outstanding cardiac care, excellence in education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels (recognized as a leading training program in Canada and internationally) and recognized internationally for its research in particular in electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, STEMI/ACS coronary intervention, valvular disease, cardiac transplantation and pulmonary hypertension programs among others as well as strength in heart failure and structural interventions.


In addition to state-of-the-art catheterization (4) and electrophysiology (4) labs, the UOHI has a dedicated cardiac imaging facility with PET, MRI, CT, SPECT and echocardiography imaging. Core facilities include 96 inpatient ward beds, an intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU) with 14 beds, an intensive cardiac surgery unit (CSICU) with 27 beds, a Day Unit with 36 beds, a Reference Centre with 11 beds, and a Structural Procedure Unit of 6 beds.


UOHI is a large tertiary centre providing cardiovascular care to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre. It employs over 1,400 physicians, nurses, researchers, technicians, allied health professionals and more. The Institute handles more than 235,000 patients yearly from across Canada.


The Ottawa Hospital is a 1150 bed tertiary-care hospital serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec at four inpatient sites (Civic, General, Heart Institute, and the Rehabilitation Centre) and one ambulatory centre (Riverside).  There are approximately 50,000 inpatient admissions, 160,000 emergency visits and over one million outpatient visits annually.


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 National Cardiac PET Centre is considered an international leader in clinical care, training, and research. The Centre includes 3 state-of-the-art PET cameras, on-site cyclotron and fully equipped radiochemistry laboratory.  The Centre performs approximately 3500 PET scans per year for clinical care and research. The centre is well interfaced with the Cardiac Imaging Program that includes and houses dedicated cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, SPECT and echocardiography with strong clinical and research interfaces.


The Director will lead a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, imaging scientists, nurses, and technologists to ensure ongoing excellence and growth with high quality imaging for patient care and cutting-edge research initiatives through peer reviewed and industry supported grants that lead to high impact publications, impact guidelines, and translate into clinical practice standards.


The ideal candidate must hold FRCPC certification in Cardiology (or equivalent), have Level 3 fellowship training in Nuclear Cardiology, be a member of, or be eligible to be a member of, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, and be eligible to practice medicine in Ontario.


Practice profile will be negotiated based on expected academic and clinical deliverables.


Candidates should have a significant academic profile, with a demonstrated track record of high-quality research. Ideally, the successful candidate will qualify for an academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or above. Academic appointment ranking is determined by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa 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) as well as honorariums/stipends.  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 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.

Employment Type
Beginning of employment
Job Location
40 Ruskin Street, Ottawa, ON
Base Salary
$550,000-$600,00 Per year
Date posted
June 5, 2024
Valid through
September 1, 2024
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