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 Fellowship & Graduate Award Call for Applications 2019-20

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)’s 2019-20 Call for Endowed Fellowship and Graduate Award Applications is now open. The UOHI Endowed Fellowships and Awards provide stipends to exceptionally high-caliber Postdoctoral Fellows, research-intensive Clinical Fellows, and Graduate Students; and serve as tools to retain current talents, as well as recruit new talents.

A number of awards are available dependent on the peer review assessment and availability of funding.

Key dates:

  • Notice of Intent deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Send your Notice of Intent to ResearchServices@ottawaheart.ca and include the following: 1) name of the applicant; 2) trainee position (Postdoctoral Fellow; Clinical Fellow; or Graduate Student); and 3) name of the supervisor.
  • Application deadline: July 3, 2019
  • Submit your application in the UOHI FluidReview portal

For questions, please send an email to ResearchServices@ottawaheart.ca.

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

2018-19 Endowed Fellowship Competition Results


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. 

  • Rohit Sharma, PhD, Incoming Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Benjamin Rotstein, PhD

  Project title: Discovery of novel small molecules as matrix metalloproteinase-13 radioligands for PET imaging in atherosclerosis


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

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

  • Tan Suwatanaviroj, MD, Fellow in Cardiac Imaging                                                          

  Supervisor: Benjamin Chow, MD

  Project title: A strategy for selecting investigations that are most effective for coronary artery disease (ASSIST ME CAD)

Ernest and Margaret Ford Fellowship

  • Daniel Ramirez, MD, Fellow in Cardiac Electrophysiology                                                         

  Supervisor: David Birnie, MD

  Project title: Left atrial function and fibrosis after successful catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: a pilot study 

Whit and Heather Tucker Fellowship

  • Gauri Akolkar, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Peter Liu, MD

  Project title: Understanding the basis of exosome mediated cardiac communication: One signal for all or a personalized message


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.

  • Veronika Sedlakova, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisors: Emilio Alarcon, PhD & Erik Suuronen, PhD


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 Bouchard, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Heather Tulloch, PhD


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’s Faculty of Medicine.

  • AnneClaire Duchez, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Katey Rayner, PhD

  Project title: Study of pro-resolving mediator in the protection of atherosclerosis via modulation of the necroptotic pathway

  • Riyoun Kim, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

  Supervisor: Han Kim, PhD

  Project title: Metabolic regulation of heart failure and cardiac cachexia 

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