Contact Information

Manon Levesque Departmental Secretary of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
451 Smyth road,
Room 4155
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8M5

Telephone: 613-562-5422
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: mlevesq2@uottawa.ca

Sheila Schnupp
Office and Residency Program Administrator (Anatomical)
Telephone: 613-562-5800 ext. 8342
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: sschnupp@uottawa.ca

John P. Veinot, M.D., F.R.C.P.C (Canada)
Chairman, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Tel: 613-562-5422
Fax: 613-562-5442
Email: sschnupp@uottawa.ca

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Karam Ramotar, Ph.D (Manitoba, 1988)

Karam Ramotar

Associate Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Faculty of Medicine

Molecular Microbiologist
The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
Division of Microbiology

Telephone: 613-737-8899 ext. 74748
Fax: 613-737-8557
Email: kramotar@ottawahospital.on.ca

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • DNA based methods (PCR, PFGE, Ribotyping, etc.) for diagnosing and typing bacterial pathogens
  • Molecular Epidemiology of nosocomial (hospital) and multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens
  • Antimicrobial Resistance in bacteria:
    • Molecular based and non-molecular based methodologies for detection of resistance
    • Mechanisms of resistance.
  • Epidemiology of P. aeruginosa and B. cepacia complex in Cystic Fibrosis patients
  • Molecular epidemiology of nosocomial pathogens: Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and ESBLs in the Eastern Ontario Region

Recent Publications

  • Aaron S, Vandemheen KL, Ramotar K, Giesbrecht-Lewis T, Tullis E, Freitag A, Paterson N, Jackson M, Lougheed MD, Dowson C, Kumar V, Ferris W, Chan F, Doucette S, Fergusson D. Infection With Transmissible Strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Clinical Outcomes in Adults With Cystic Fibrosis.  JAMA.;304:2145-2153, 2010.
  • Said K, Ramotar K, Zhao X.  Repeat-based subtyping and grouping of Staphylococcus aureus from human infections and bovine mastitis using R-domain of the clumping factor A gene.  Diag Microbiol Infect Diseases. 63 (1):24-37, 2009.
  • Keays T,  Ferris W,  Vandemheen  K, Chan F, Yeung S, Mah T, Ramotar K, Saginur R, Aaron S.  A retrospective analysis of biofilm antibiotic susceptibility testing: a better predictor of clinical response in cystic fibrosis exacerbations.  J Cyst Fibros. 8(2):122-127, 2009
  • Conterno LO, Shymanski J, Ramotar K, Toye B, van Walraven C, Coyle D, Roth VR.  Real-Time polymerase chain reaction detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Impact on nososcomial transmission and costs.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 28(10):1134-41, 2007.
  • Slinger R, Liying Yan, Myers R, Ramotar K, St. Denis M, Aaron SD. Pyrosequencing™ of a recA gene variable region for Burkholderia cepacia complex genomovar identification. Diag Microbiol Infect Diseases 58:379-384, 2007.
  • Conterno LO, Shymanski J, Ramotar K, Toye B, Zvonar R, Roth V.  Impact and cost of infection control measures to reduce nosocomial transmission of extended spectrum  ß-lactamase–producing organisms in a non-outbreak setting. J Hospital Infection 65:354-360, 2007.
  • St. Denis M, Ramotar K, Vandemheen K, Tullis E, Ferris W, Chan F, Lee C, Slinger R, Aaron SD. Infection with Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria and pulmonary exacerbations of cystic fibrosis. CHEST 131:1188-1196, 2007.
  • Desjardins M, Guibord C, Lalonde B, Toye B, Ramotar K. Evaluation of the IDI-MRSA™ Assay for Detection of MRSA from Nasal and Rectal Specimens Pooled in a Selective Broth. J Clin Microbiol. 44:1219-23, 2006.

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