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Moving Medicine Forward

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Physician - Palliative Care

The Department of Medicine and the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital, and Bruyere Continuing Care are looking for one or more full-time staff physicians to attend on our inpatient consultation services, our inpatient Palliative Care Units, our outpatient clinics, and our Regional Palliative Care Team.


The successful candidate will work within the clinical services covered by the Division of Palliative Care. The Palliative Care service at the Ottawa Hospital includes 5 inpatient consultation teams, one inpatient palliative care unit, and four outpatient services (two malignant, two non-malignant) spread across three different sites. Attending physicians generally rotate among services according to their preference and clinical need. The Palliative Care service at Bruyere Continuing Care includes a large inpatient palliative care unit, a consultation team, and the Regional Palliative Consultation Team, which provides consultative palliative care to primary care physicians throughout the Champlain region.


The Ottawa Hospital and Bruyere Continuing Care are teaching hospitals, and all attending staff are expected to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. The Division of Palliative Care also has an academic mandate, and members are expected to contribute to fulfilling this mandate through a combination of education, research, and quality improvement.


The successful candidate must hold an MD degree; be a member of, or be eligible to be a member of, the Canadian Medical Protective Association; have, or be eligible for certification in Palliative Medicine, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and have, or be eligible for, licensure in Ontario. The Division is particularly keen for physicians with experience in non-malignant palliative care and academic interests to join our team.


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

Additional Information

The Department of Medicine’s Division of Palliative Care includes approximately 40 physicians, covering four hospitals and the Regional Palliative Consultation Team, including more than 4500 new consultations per year, in a catchment area of 1.3 million people in Eastern Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. Our research group is leading dozens of funded programs of research. In the past four years, our division members have been principal investigators on >100 peer-reviewed grants worth more than $36 million, producing more than 260 publications.


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 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.

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. The remuneration package is anticipated to be in the range of $280,000-320,000 per year. Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.


Please forward a 1-2 page letter of intent, 3 references (who will not be contacted without permission) and a CV to Dr James Downar, Head Division of Palliative Care, Department of Medicine The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa at

Employment Type
Beginning of employment
July 1, 2024
Job Location
501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario
Base Salary
$290,000 -$330,000 Per year
Date posted
December 5, 2023
Valid through
February 28, 2024
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