Endowed Chairs & Fellowships

Endowed Chairs help the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) attract and support top-calibre researchers. They provide long-term support to areas of research and academia identified as a priority for the Institute. Chairs bring prestige and recognition to our researchers. 

Endowed Fellowships and Graduate Awards build the next generation of cardiovascular experts. They serve as tools to retain current talents and to recruit new talents. These Fellowships and Awards provide salary stipends to postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and graduate students through a peer reviewed, competitive process.

These funding initiatives are made possible by the generous support of donors,

the University of Ottawa Cardiac Endowment Fund at the Heart Institute, and the UOHI Foundation

Endowed Chairs

The Heart Institute offers a total of 12 Endowed Chairs to support our world-renowned physicians and scientists in their leadership, research, and educational activities. 

We are grateful to the donors for their support of these Endowed Chairs.

  • Gordon F. Henderson Chair in Leadership
    Held by the President and CEO
  • Vered Chair in Cardiology 
    Held by the Chief of Cardiology
  • Michael Pitfield Chair in Cardiac Surgery
    Held by the Chief of Cardiac Surgery
  • Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery Research
    Held by an active cardiac surgeon who provides research and academic leadership in cardiac surgery
  • Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery Valve Research
    Held by an active cardiac surgeon conducting research to advance knowledge of cardiac valves
  • Donald S. Beanlands Endowed Chair in Cardiology Education
    Held by an active cardiologist who provides leadership in cardiology education
  • Endowed Chair in Electrophysiology Leadership
    Held by the Director of the Electrophysiology Program
  • Merck Frosst Canada Chair in Atherosclerosis Research
    Held by an Institute researcher leading translational research in atherosclerosis. These funds were established by Merck Frosst in recognition of Drs. Ruth McPherson, Ross Milne, and Yves Marcel, the founders of the Institute’s Lipoproteins and Atherosclerosis Research Group.
  • Minto Chair in Interventional Cardiology Leadership
    Held by the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Program
  • Pfizer Chair in Hypertension Research
    Held by a researcher leading hypertension research
  • Saul and Edna Goldfarb Chair in Cardiac Imaging
    Held by an active clinician leading cardiac imaging research
  • Women’s Heart Health Research Chair (term Chair)
    Held by a researcher leading women’s heart health research 
    • To be announced
Endowed Fellowships and Graduate Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017-18 Endowed Fellowships!

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)’s Endowed Fellowships and Graduate Awards recognize highly qualified trainees undertaking research at the Institute. These Fellowships and Awards provide stipends to Postdoctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows, and Graduate Students; and serve as tools to retain current talents, as well as recruit new talents.

The Call for Applications is launched each winter with an application deadline around April 1. Incoming trainees are encouraged to apply prior to starting at the Institute, having identified a supervisor.

Each year, the funding results are based on the ranked list and awards are made to the top-ranked applicants. The results of the 2017-18 initiative are announced below.

This year, we are very pleased to have a new award added to the rosters: the Drs. Hyman & Sylvia (van Straten) Kaufman and Dr. Kwan-Leung Chan Cardiology Research Fellowship in Cardiac Imaging. We thank our donors for their generous support!

STRATEGIC RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

The Strategic Research Fellowship provides stipend for a two-year term to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow working in an area of research that aligns with the current Research Strategic Plan. 

  • Lisa Cotie, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Bob Reid, PhD

  Project title: Peer support for women with coronary heart disease: Women at Heart 

DIVISION OF CARDIOLOGY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS 

There are now four Division of Cardiology Fellowships. These Fellowships provide stipends for up to two years to postdoctoral or clinical fellows conducting research in the Division of Cardiology.

NEW Drs. Hyman & Sylvia (van Straten) Kaufman and Dr. Kwan-Leung Chan Fellowship

  • Waseem Hindieh, MD, Clinical Fellow                                                          

  Supervisor: Kwan-Leung Chan, MD

  Project title: Association between global longitudinal strain and burden of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Ernest and Margaret Ford Fellowship

  • Steven Promislow, MD, Clinical Fellow                                                          

  Supervisors: Ian Burwash, MD & Benjamin Chow, MD

  Project title: A comparison of dobutamine stress echocardiography and aortic valve calcification on computed tomography in the setting of low gradient aortic stenosis 

Whit and Heather Tucker Fellowship

  • Samia Massalha, MD, Clinical Fellow

  Supervisors: Terrence Ruddy, MD & Benjamin Chow, MD

  Project title: 99mTc-rhAnnexin V-128 imaging of apoptosis & cardiotoxicity in relationship to ventricular function in patients with early stage breast cancer receiving  Doxorubicin-based chemotherapy

Vered-Beanlands Fellowship

  • Juan Russo, MD, Clinical Fellow

  Supervisors: Michel LeMay, MD & Derek So, MD

  Project title: Prognostic significance of non-invasive cardiac index and cerebral perfusion measures in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CAPITAL-RETURN)

LAWRENCE SOLOWAY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN CARDIAC SURGERY

The Lawrence Soloway Fellowship provides stipend for up to two years to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow conducting research in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

  • Godwin Dogbevia, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Erik Suuronen, PhD

  Project title: The role of the cardiac extracellular matrix in the function and repair of the myocardium

JAN & IAN CRAIG RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN PREVENTION & REHABILITATION

The Jan and Ian Craig Fellowship provides stipend for up to two years to a postdoctoral or clinical fellow conducting research in the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation. This year, the Fellowship is being shared by two recipients.

  • Tasuku Terada, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Jennifer Reed, PhD

  • Karen Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Heather Tulloch, PhD

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA CARDIAC ENDOWMENT FUND AT THE HEART INSTITUTE

These awards provide stipends for a two-year term to postdoctoral fellow(s) and/or graduate student(s) based at the Heart Institute and registered with the University of Ottawa.

  • Christopher McTiernan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Emilio Alarcon, PhD & Erik Suuronen, PhD

  Project title: Multi-functional collagen-like peptide composites as grafts for vascular tissue repair

  • Branka Vulesevic, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Wenbin Liang, MD, PhD

  Project title: Wnt pathway inhibition as a novel strategy for restoration of cardiac ionic current expression and prevention of arrhythmia in heart disease

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