Who We Are

Two health care practionners

Vision, Mission and Values


To be a world-class, patient-centred Heart Institute in Canada.


Inspired by a unique culture of excellence and innovation, we promote heart health and lead in patient care, research and education.


Patients Come First

By relentlessly demonstrating a strong commitment to world-class care and health promotion, our team creates a unique environment for our patients and their families, exceeding their expectations and offering the best care through integrated clinical practice, education and research in a bilingual setting.

Team Work

We build and foster interdisciplinary teams with blended skills that work well together, and improve outcomes and efficiency, while recognizing the contributions of all.


We are committed to uncompromised excellence, which means believing in the power of innovation, achieving the highest standards by continually measuring quality, seeing change as opportunity, and being a resource to influence health care, education and research beyond our borders.


We are committed to transparency, adhering to the highest moral principles and standards of professionalism, making our institution accountable
and worthy of trust.


Guided by openness and good communication, we build solid collaborations with other health care facilities, research institutions, universities, regional stakeholders, industry and government in Canada and abroad.

Our Institute by the Numbers *
1,348 staff
220,807 patient visits
55,634 diagnostic tests
1,738 complex cardiac surgical interventions
11,714 non-surgical interventions
1,249 pacemaker and defibrillator implantations
$13.8 million  awarded in peer reviewed grants

* For a full breakdown, refer to Procedure and Diagnostic Test Volumes.

Our Impact Across Canada

Outline map of CanadaPatients from Baffin | Iqaluit

  • Procedures at UOHI: 240
  • Seen in clinic and via telemonitoring in Iqaluit: 650

Royal Ottawa PET-MRI

  • The Royal Institute of Mental Health Research contracted UOHI to design, develop protocols for and operationalize their PET-MRI brain imaging facility.

Patient Education Materials

  • Hospitals in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario obtained permission to use our patient education materials.

Clinical Research

The Heart Institute is leading national networks and multi-centre clinical studies to impact a range of cardiovascular issues, including:

  • Early detection of heart failure (Cardiovascular Biomarker Translation Program)
  • Arrhythmia treatment (CANet)
  • Vascular health (Canadian Vascular Network)
  • Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (OCEAN)

Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre

  • Launched the Virtual Care Program

World-Renowned Visiting Professors

This year again we had the pleasure to welcome professors and researchers that have made significant impact to their fields of expertise.

11 Lecturers from the United States

Including Dr. Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in California, and professor Joseph Hill, MD, PhD, from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Texas

2 Lecturers from Europe (United Kingdom)

Professor Michael Frenneaux, DFM, from Norwich Medical School and professor Gregory Lip, MD, DFM, from the University of Birmingham Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences

Our New Physicians and Researchers

Dr. Juan B. Grau

Dr. Juan B. Grau | Division of Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Grau joined the Institute from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Ryan Mahaffey

Dr. Ryan Mahaffey | Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology

Dr. Mahaffey joined the Institute from Queen’s University in Kingston. 

Dr. Mireille Ouimet

Dr. Mireille Ouimet | Director of the Cardiovascular Metabolism and Cell Biology Laboratory

Dr. Ouimet returned to the Heart Institute after completing her training at New York University.

Dr. Benjamin Rotstein

Dr. Benjamin Rotstein | Director of the Molecular Imaging Probes and Radiochemistry Laboratory

Dr. Rotstein came to the Heart Institute from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gary Small

Dr. Gary Small | Division of Cardiology

Dr. Small joined the Heart Institute from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.


New Leader

Dr. Stéphane Lambert

This year, we had the pleasure of welcoming a new division head. Dr. Stéphane Lambert was appointed as the new Head of the  Cardiac Anesthesiology Division.

Appointed for a five-year mandate, Dr. Lambert succeeded Dr. Jean-Yves Dupuis.

Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary

Celebrating our 40th AnniversaryThe date was May 11, 1976. The Heart Institute officially opened its doors. Over the following four decades, we have become a heart health leader, providing outstanding care to patients from across Canada and impacting the well-being of people around the world through groundbreaking research and training the next generation of cardiovascular professionals. To highlight this special anniversary, we organized many activities.

Founders’ Breakfast

On the beautiful morning of May 11, 2016, the Heart Insti-tute held the Founders’ Breakfast to celebrate its birthday. Local dignitaries joined Institute founders Drs. Wilbert Keon and Donald Beanlands along with current and former staff and patients, as well as the local community.


A gala donor recognition event in October again celebrated Dr. Keon’s legacy with an expert panel on the evolution of cardiac care, moderated by journalist and author Jeffery Simpson. Panellists included world-renowned surgeons Drs. Randolph Chitwood and Tirone David.

Heart Team Symposium

A symposium hosted by the Heart Institute at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in honour of the 40th anniversary looked at the role of heart teams in Canadian cardiovascular care.

Flashback Stories

The 40th Anniversary Flashback series was a popular addition to The Beat for 2016.

Important Announcements within Our Walls

We had the pleasure of welcoming numerous ministers, members of parliament and members of provincial parliament this year at the Institute.

Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Tours Expansion SiteOntario Minister of Infrastructure Tours Expansion Site

January 17, 2017 - The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, accompanied Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO, toured our expansion construction site, and also made an announcement on Ontario’s Infrastructure Plan. The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, was among the invited guests, as well as  City of Ottawa Councillor, Keith Egli, Chair of the UOHI Board of Directors, Lawrence Soloway, and Kevin Skinner of PCL Construction.


Federal Minister of Health at the Institute for Heart MonthFederal Minister of Health at the Institute for Heart Month

February 2, 2017 - The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced an investment of almost $2.9 million via CIHR to fund five research projects that will support new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease. Minister Philpott also made a tour of the Institute. She was joined by two Members of Parliament: the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Anita Vandenbeld, MP for Ottawa West-Nepean.


“We are committed to supporting world-class health research in Canada, including the important work being done at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute – one of our country’s top cardiac care and research facilities.”

- The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health