Biomedical Engineering

Today’s medical care relies heavily on sophisticated devices, technologies and information systems. This equipment helps doctors, nurses, and clinical staff achieve remarkable things. At the same time, it is highly complex. All of the devices must be carefully integrated so that they function seamlessly and that the medical information required by health care providers is available when they need it.

Biomedical Engineering keeps the Heart Institute’s technology and systems working smoothly. We provide planning and support for the adoption, installation, and maintenance of all medical technology whether it is used for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation or for clinical research. The program’s professional engineers, technologists, and technicians are involved with everything from maintaining bedside monitors to planning brand new surgical suites.

Programs & Units 

Biomedical Engineering is responsible for the following services and activities:

Consultation and Project Management

  • Technology assessment, device specifications, Request for Proposal (RFP) specification and development, in-servicing, and technology forecasting
  • Project management for equipment procurement, deployment and integration with construction projects
  • Capital budgeting and negotiation for acquisition
  • Risk management and adherence to standards and regulations

Medical Device Management

  • Corrective, preventive, and life cycle maintenance
  • Incoming safety inspection and quality assurance monitoring
  • Supervision and management of service agreements
  • Inventory control, redeployment, and disposal
  • Monitoring of medical recalls and alerts

Technology Oversight

  • Policy and procedure development
  • Training
  • Failure and incident reporting to the appropriate regulatory bodies and government agencies

Our work had been profiled in various publication over the last several years:

Engineering Dimensions (Professional Engineers Ontario)
Evolution in Biomedical Engineering … (May/June 2006)

The Beat
Clinical Monitoring Network Keeps Tabs on Patients  (Volume 1, Issue 6)

Advanced Technology Shines New Light on Cardiac Surgery  (Volume 1, Issue 5)

Routine Effort Prevents Life or Death Consequences (Volume 1, Issue 3)

24x7 Magazine
Improving Equipment Reliability Through Battery Management (January 2006)

The Medical Post
WSCTS: Changes keep life-saving equipment powered (September 19, 2006)

Medsun (US Food and Drug Administration)
Batteries in Medical Devices - Technologies, Use and Maintenance (December 12, 2005)


Biomedical Engineering participates directly in medical technology research in addition to supporting the research endeavours of investigators throughout the Heart Institute. Research projects that Biomedical Engineering is currently engaged in include:

Medical Device Battery Management

Medical battery maintenance and management is an important element in quality assurance programs. Battery maintenance and management offers a quantitative measure of a battery’s ability to perform. Biomedical Engineering investigates evidence-based maintenance protocols that are medical technology specific.

Medical Technology Management Research

Biomedical Engineering investigates the utilization of medical technology to identify innovative and creative methods of maximizing patient benefit. Topics include but are not limited to technology user education, trans-esophageal probe utilization and emergency preparedness.

Small Animal Containment System for Research Protocols

Biomedical Engineering is developing a flexible and secure containment system for small animal research to perform blood sampling and injections. This system will accommodate varying sizes of small animals easily and efficiently.

Biomedical Engineering and Code Blue Participation

Biomedical Engineering is investigating the benefits of technical staff joining the Cardiac Arrest Team.


The Biomedical Engineering Division supervises and teaches aspiring biomedical and clinical engineers and biomedical technologists through undergraduate cooperative education placements and internships. These placements provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and enhanced education in a health care setting.

Leacross Foundation Endowment for Biomedical Engineering

Through the Leacross Foundation Endowment, the Biomedical Engineering Division offers remunerated training internships to female undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineers as well as biomedical technicians and technologists. The opportunity to train in the Heart Institute's complex and advanced medical environment is invaluable for those looking to explore, practice, and hone their biomedical engineering skills. Interested applicants are invited to make their submissions by sending a letter of interest along with their C.V., between November 1 and December 31, for next year’s placements.

Timothy J. Zakutney, MHSc, PEng, CCE
Director, Biomedical Engineering, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
Chair, Canadian Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification

University of Ottawa Heart Institute
40 Ruskin Street, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4W7
Tel: 613-696-7000 x16773


Biomedical Engineering team

Mark J. Cleland, C.Tech., CBET(C)
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Mark Cleland has been a member of the Heart Institute Biomedical Engineering Department since May 2001. His specialties include surgical, anaesthesia, and electrophysiology support. His research has produced several publications in the areas of pre‐hospital defibrillation, battery maintenance, and the optimization of light levels from laryngoscopes. He has also served as a technical advisor to the Ministry of Health’s Pre-hospital Defibrillation Program.

Lisa L. Bradley
Administrative Coordinator

With over 20 years at the Ottawa Heart Institute working in academia, corporate and healthcare sectors through her past affiliations with the Cardiovascular Devices Division, WorldHeart Corporation and the Medical Devices Centre, Lisa oversees the administrative arm of Biomedical Engineering.

Santiago Folch, C.Tech., CBET(C)
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Santiago Folch joined the Heart Institute Biomedical Engineering team in 2003. Prior to that, he helped provide multi‐campus technical support for The Ottawa Hospital medical gas systems and technical support for the renal dialysis program as a technologist. His specialties include surgical, anesthesia, and perfusion support; and support for the physiological monitoring network.

Joshua Henne, C.Tech., CBET(C)
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

A recent honours graduate from Durham College, Joshua Henne joined the Biomedical Engineering Team in 2009. He performs preventative maintenance, repair, and calibration on medical equipment throughout the Heart Institute including: volumetric infusion pumps, external cardiac pacemakers, patient monitoring and cardiac diagnostic systems, defibrillators, as well as critical care beds.

Stephanie Liddle, MHSc, CCE
Equipment & Technology Coordinator

Stephanie comes to us with 5 years technology and project management, and clinical engineering experience from Massachusetts General Hospital where she collaborated with clinical leads on several significant life support capital and construction projects. Steph works very closely with Biomedical Engineering, Information Technology, the Capital Equipment Advisory Committee, and the LSCP Project Manager as well as architects and engineers to ensure that the clinical and technology needs of the new Life Support Capital Projects are met. Steph is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) with the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission (US Board of Examiners) and holds a Master of Health Sciences Degree in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto (2009) and Bachelor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Degree from McMaster University (2007).

Mohammed Mohd, C.Tech., CBET(C)
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Mohammed joined the Biomedical Engineering Department in 2008, from Durham College. He has provided past support of medical device management through preventative maintenance and emergency repair and currently covers patient care, clinic and IT aspects. Specialties include hemodynamic, patient and electrophysiological monitoring and mapping, patient monitoring systems, cardiac telemetry as well as ECG, Stress and Echo backup for diagnostic care.

Joseph O'Grady, C.E.T., CBET(C)
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Joseph had 10 years of experience building prototype industrial automation equipment before changing careers and joining the Biomedical Engineering Department in 2009. Certified as a Biomedical Engineering Technologist he maintains a wide variety of medical devices and supports the Intensive Care Unit and OR’s as part of the departments Critical Care Team.

Jolene Robbins, C.E.T.
Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Trained at The College of The North Atlantic in Newfoundland, Jolene Robbins brings over 19 years of experience to the Cardiac Care Team. She works closely with staff within the OR's and Intensive Care Units. Her primary areas of responsibility are with Respiratory Therapy, Perfusion, CSICU and the Cardiac OR's.

Loganathan Satkunanathan, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Biomedical Engineer

Loganathan Satkunanathan joined the Biomedical Engineering team in 2005, and specializes in cyclotron and radiochemistry lab operation in addition to cardiac diagnostic instrumentation. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Ottawa and extensive knowledge in ASIC design and verification.

Nebil M. Shamsudin, M.Sc.
Radiochemistry/Cyclotron Engineer

Nebil joined the Biomedical Engineering Department in early 2013. With a BSc and MSc in Medical and Biomedical Engineering along with work experience with circuits, digital electronics, clinical modalities and medical imaging technologies, Nebil has proved to be a good fit with the Heart Institute’s Radiochemistry Lab. Nebil is trained in Cyclotron support and has a background in biomedical engineering that includes medical devices, imaging, biomaterials, and medical informatics.

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