Dr. Linda Scully
Acting chief of the Division of Gastroentroenterology.
Dr. Nav Saloojee, Program Director
Dr. Nav Saloojee received his M.D.from Queen's University in 1993. He subsequently completed training in family medicine at the University of Toronto in 1995. He completed training in Internal Medicine (2001) and Gastroenterology (2002) at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Saloojee has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology since 2002. He has been involved in undergraduate medical education as co-chair of the Gastrointestinal Block from 2003-2006. He is currently program director for the GI residency training program. His interests include medical education and inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Avi Chatterjee
Dr. Chatterjee is an Interventional Gastroenterologist at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). He obtained his medical degree from McGill University and went on to complete both his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the University of Toronto. He completed a Fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy (ATE) at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto and pursued further training in Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) at the Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia. He started working at TOH in 2009 and has developed the GI EUS program as well as the ATE Fellowship program at TOH. Dr. Chatterjee has recently joined the Board of Directors for the Ontario Gastroenterology Association.
Dr. Chatterjee's clinical interests include management of pancreaticobiliary disorders and minimally invasive diagnostics and therapeutics. Finally, he is an Associate Scientist with the OHRI with an interest in translational research in GI Oncology, particularly pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Harry Dhaliwal
Dr. Harry Dhaliwal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Harry Dhaliwal received his M.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2004 where he also completed a BScPh in Pharmacy in 2000. He then completed his training in Internal Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2007 and his residency in Gastroenterolgy in 2009 at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Dhaliwal then pursued further training by completing a fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at the Ottawa Hospital in 2010.
Dr. Dhaliwal is now a clinician-teacher at the Ottawa Hospital pursuing his interests in ERCP and advanced therapeutics. His research interests include trials in therapeutic endoscopy.
Dr. Sylvie Gregoire MD
Medical Director Endoscopy
Gi training at TOH;
Fellowship in Marseille (France) in therapeutic endoscopy;
Joined gi division 1988.
- Clinician teacher with expertise in therapeutic endoscopy
- GI block chair for francophone students at Ottawa University
- Director of Endoscopy, TOH
Dr. Ralph Lee
Dr. Ralph Lee finished a 4-year undergraduate degree in Honours Biochemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario before going onto the University of Ottawa for his medical degree. He completed 3 years of internal medicine specialist training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and went on to complete a 2 year fellowship in the gastroenterology program at the University of Calgary. He is currently a clinical educator and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa and completing a Master’s degree in Medical Education through the University of Dundee.
Dr. Thomas Shaw-Stiffel
Dr Thomas Shaw-Stiffel is a native of Montreal and received his MDCM from McGill in 1981. He then completed his post-grad training at the University of Toronto in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, as well as Clinical Pharmacology. In 1991, Dr Shaw-Stiffel moved to the United States where he held a variety of leadership positions, including Chief of GI at Bridgeport Hospital - Yale New Haven Health System, in Connecticut, Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at the University of Rochester, and later also at the University of Pittsburgh, one of the busiest liver transplant centers in the world with over 250 liver transplants a year. In 2000, he completed a Masters of Medical Management (MMM) at Tulane University, sponsored by the American College of Physician Executives. In 2007 Dr Shaw-Stiffel returned to Canada to join The Ottawa Hospital - University of Ottawa where he served as Chief of GI from 2007-2010.
Dr. Shaw-Stiffel has received several teaching and research awards. His current research interests include fatty liver (NAFLD), pre- and post-liver transplant.
Dr. Richmond Sy is an Assistant Professor of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa, Department of Medicine.
Dr. Sy received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his residency in gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario where he has also completed a fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Sy has also completed courses in Clinical Epidemiology Masters program at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Sy is the chair of GI research at the Ottawa Hospital. His main research interests are clinical trials in inflammatory bowel disease. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured in numerous conferences.
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Dr. Erin Kelly
Dr Erin Kelly has recently been appointed to the Department of Medicine in the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as an Assistant Professor. She obtained her B. Sc and medical degree at McGill University. She completed residency training in Internal medicine and sub-specialty training in Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa. She pursued additional training in Advanced Hepatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a Masters in Clinical Trials through the London School of Heath and Tropical Medicine (London, UK).
Dr Kelly practices general Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. Her research interests include assessment and modulation of fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease.
Dr. Sanjay Murthy
Dr. Sanjay Murthy is Assistant Professor of Medicine and a Clinician-Investigator in the Division of Gastroenterology. He is a member of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Centre at the General Campus and Director of the Home Parenteral Nutrition Program for The Ottawa Hospital. He completed his M.D. at the University of Ottawa, Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Manitoba and Gastroenterology Residency at the University of Toronto. He subsequently completed fellowships in IBD (Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto), advanced endoscopy (University of Mainz, Germany) and clinical nutrition (Toronto General Hospital). He further completed a M.Sc. in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, during which he conducted a thesis project using Ontario health administrative data at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Dr. Murthy's clinical areas of focus include IBD and clinical nutrition. His research program focuses on the application of clinical epidemiologic methods to study health care questions pertaining to IBD and colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention, particularly with respect to the clinical and cost-effectiveness of current paradigms of care and ways to improve the efficiency and quality of delivery of health care services.
Dr. Catherine Dubé, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Dubé is currently the Clinical Lead for ColonCancerCheck, Ontario’s colorectal cancer screening program. She is a gastroenterologist who obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Montréal in 1989, where she also completed a Master’s degree in pharmacology (1990). She completed her fellowships in Internal Medicine (1993) and Gastroenterology (1995) as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology (1999) at the University of Ottawa. She was Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary from 2006-2013 and is currently a Staff Physician at The Ottawa Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Dubé has been a member of the steering committee for the CAG’s Endoscopy Quality Program, leading to the CAGs consensus on Quality in Endoscopy, published in 2012. As part of this program, she has chaired and presented several workshops to various professional groups on quality and patient-centered care in endoscopy as well as the use of the Endoscopy Global rating Scale (GRS). She participated with colleagues and experts to the creation of the Canadian version of the GRS (C-GRS) and led the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology’s initiative to implement and support its use in endoscopy units across Canada. Dr. Dubé was Medical Lead for the Alberta Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening program from 2011-2013, where she led the implementation of the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). She also participated in the work of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) to define pan-Canadian quality determinants for CRC screening programs.
Dr. Jeffrey McCurdy MD PhD FRCPC
Dr. McCurdy joined the Department of Medicine, Division of gastroenterology in 2013. He received his PhD in Immunology from Dalhousie University in 2004, and his MD from the University of Ottawa in 2007. He completed his Internal Medicine (2010) and Gastroenterology (2012) training at Dalhousie University. Following this he completed an advanced fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Mayo Clinic, Rochester in 2013.
His research interests include: understanding the role of cytomegalovirus in the pathogenicity of inflammatory bowel disease and identifying predictors of disease related outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Alaa Rostom Bio
Dr. Alaa Rostom is the Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, effective August 1, 2013.
Dr. Rostom returns to Ottawa from the University of Calgary where he spent the last 7 years in the planning and implementation of the Calgary zone colorectal cancer screening program. He held several positions in Calgary including Deputy Chief Division of Gastroenterology, Zone Medical Director of the Alberta Colorectal Screening Program and Medical Director of the Colon Cancer Screening Centre. Dr. Rostom was also the Chair of the RCPSC Exam Board for Gastroenterology and the Chair of Education for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG). Dr. Rostom is actively involved in measuring and evaluating endoscopy quality and technology that assists in tracking endoscopy outcomes including quality in real time. He developed the first validated clinical instrument for the evaluation of comfort/safety during colonoscopy. He helped initiate the CAG’s Endoscopy Train the Trainers Program as well as the Endoscopy Master’s Program during his tenure as Education Chair, and he currently co-chairs the CAG’s Endoscopy Maintenance of Competency and Upskilling Program.
Dr. Rostom’s research interests include endoscopy outcomes and quality, endoscopy clinical trials, Celiac Disease and NSAID toxicity of the GI tract.
Dr. Sana Kenshil Bio
Originally from Saskatchewan, Dr. Kenshil received her medical degree in Saskatoon before moving to Memorial University of Newfoundland for her Internal Medicine residency. She completed her Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Manitoba before embarking on an Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship at the University of Alberta with proficiency in ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). She has an interest in medical education and training as well as innovative methods of minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. Dr. Kenshil enjoys outdoor activities including cross-country skiing and hiking, travelling and ultimate Frisbee.
Dr. Cynthia Tsien Bio
Dr. Cynthia Tsien is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a Clinician-Investigator in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Tsien obtained her medical degree from McGill University, where she also completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She did fellowships in Hepatology and Transplant Hepatology at the University of Toronto. She did a research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in nutrition and liver disease. She has a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Tsien’s research interests include complications of end-stage liver disease, such as malnutrition and loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia), and clinical trials in decompensated cirrhosis.
Dr. Xin Xiong Bio
Dr. Xin Xiong has been recently appointed to The Department of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, effective November 2017.
Dr. Xiong obtained his M.D.C.M degree for undergraduate medical education at McGill University. He then continued and completed his postgraduate Internal Medicine training at McGill University. Subsequently, he has completed his adult Gastroenterology residency training at University of Toronto. With a particular interest in Clinical Hepatology, Dr. Xiong pursued and completed his fellowship in Clinical Hepatology at Toronto Center for Liver Diseases, University of Toronto.
Dr. Xiong practices hepatology and gastroenterology at The Ottawa Hospital, mainly located at the Civic Campus. His main clinical interest consists of general hepatology, and hepatocellular carcinoma. In addition, Dr. Xiong has developed a growing interest in medical education, and is currently completing masters in medical education at University of Dundee. His research and education interest involves improvement in medical education and curriculum design in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology, for both undergraduate and postgraduate learners.
Dr. Majdi Boulos Bio
Dr. Majdi Boulos has been recently appointed to The Department of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology.
He obtained his B. Sc. (Hon) in Biochemistry prior to completing his medical degree at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Internal Medicine and subspecialty training in Gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Boulos practices General Gastroenterology at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus. He is currently involved in undergraduate medical education and is the co-chair of the Gastroenterology Block at the University of Ottawa.