The Journey

This booklet will help guide you and your family through the transplant experience. You are encouraged to become familiar with the information provided here.

As you read through the guide, write down any questions you have so that you can review them at a later date with your doctor or nurse.

The Health Care Team

The transplant team works together with you and your family to help you return to an active and productive life after your transplant. Both the Heart Institute health care professionals and your loved ones will be directly and indirectly involved in your care.

The transplant team consists of the following health care professionals:

Transplant Cardiologists Dr. Sharon Chih
Dr. Ross Davies
Dr. Mariana Lamacie
Dr. Lisa Mielniczuk
Dr. Ellamae Stadnick
Transplant Surgeons Dr. Munir Boodhwani
Dr. Vincent Chan
Dr. David Glineur
Dr. Marc Ruel
Dr. Fraser Rubens
Transplant Advanced Practice Nurse Jackie Grenon 613-696-7000, ext. 15172
Social Workers Julie Backs
Gerry Shea
Souad El Mansouri
613-696-7000, ext. 14785
After Hours Nursing Coordinator 613-696-7000, press 0 
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Other health care professionals who may be involved in your care during your hospital stay include the following:

  • Nurses from the various units in the hospital
  • Surgical advanced practice nurses
  • Nursing coordinators
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Various medical services

Trillium Gift of Life Network is an important member of our team. It is the Ontario provincial organization responsible for the distribution of hearts to patients on the waiting list across Ontario. Trillium Gift of Life Network is where your name, blood group, height, weight and diagnosis will be entered into a database. Once this is done, your name and information becomes part of the heart transplant waiting list for patients across Ontario. Trillium Gift of Life will call us when they have a suitable heart offer for you.

Bring your Heart Transplant Guide with you when you are called to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute for your heart transplant.