30 years of groundbreaking surgery, and a new exciting challenge!

OTTAWA, November 1st, 2016 — Dr. Roy Masters, Cardiac Surgeon at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, has recently performed his last open-heart surgery and will now “hang up his surgical gloves”. Dr. Masters, who has been a key asset to the Heart Institute for more than 30 years, is not leaving the Institute, as he will be spearheading the implementation of the new Health Information System for the Division of Cardiac Surgery. 

“Dr. Masters is highly regarded as an outstanding physician and surgeon. As a superlative team player, he always demonstrated a high level of professionalism, engagement, wisdom, and incessant care to always do what is right for the patient. He is deeply appreciated by his patients and colleagues,” said Dr. Marc Ruel, Division Head, Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Masters joined the Cardiac Surgery Division in 1986 as the main driving force behind the Artificial Heart and Ventricular Assist Device Program, and he subsequently led the Cardiac Transplantation Program for nearly two decades. He trained several of today’s best cardiac surgeons while he was Director of the Heart Institute’s Residency Program in Cardiac Surgery from 1992 to 2006. He has co-authored over 100 scientific publications.

“I cannot remember a greater team player, with such a positive attitude, always looking at solutions to problems in a very collegial way. We are very pleased to see Dr. Masters staying with us and playing a major role into exciting new clinical projects. His contributions to patient care and best outcomes will continue,“ said Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO of the Heart Institute.

“I feel very fortunate to have spent my career in such a prestigious institute where first-class care is always delivered with warmth and compassion by all.  It has been a great honour and privilege to have worked with such professional, dedicated, kind and caring individuals. A most sincere thank you to everyone,” said Dr. Masters.

Over the years, the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Heart Institute has grown its clinical activity by nearly 250 open-heart operations per year, to more than 1,650, expanding its renowned focus on first-class clinical care, research, innovation and education. The UOHI Division of Cardiac Surgery also boasts the lowest mortality rate in Canada as reported by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.


Judith Lachance
Promotion and Communication Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
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