Welcome to the Division of General Surgery at the University of Ottawa,

Within our division, a total of 28 surgeons collaborate in activity to serve three overarching mandates: Clinical Care, Surgical Education, and Clinical & Basic Science Research.

The Division of General Surgery provides clinical care to residents of Ottawa-Carleton and is a referral center for tertiary subspecialty care for Eastern Ontario. Our division is organized into six fully integrated clinical subspecialty units – Core Surgery (ACS/Trauma/AWR), Breast Surgical Oncology, Colorectal Surgery, Foregut and Bariatric Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, and General Surgical Oncology.  Within each clinical unit a range of 3-6 surgeons work in a collaborative model of shared care of patients. Through this model of care we have been able to emphasize excellent clinical service delivery, quality improvement, and most importantly patient experience.  Our division provides clinical services at The Ottawa Hospital's three campuses (Civic Campus, General Campus, and the Riverside ambulatory care campus) as well as the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Recently, the division is engaged in an agenda to improve regionalization and affiliation with other hospitals in the region.

The General Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Ottawa is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program. The program prides itself in a philosophy and an educational experience that provides trainees a career path towards community general surgery practice or academic subspecialty practice.  The program offers ample clinical exposure on a busy acute care surgery service, in addition to multiple rotations in subspecialty units. Through a model of distributive medical education our program also offers excellent opportunities for training in community general surgery both in large urban hospitals, as well as more remote rural hospitals.  For those trainees who are  focused on an academic career path, our program does offer a thesis based surgeon scientist program with a focus on either basic science, clinical epidemiology, or surgical education.  In addition to postgraduate residency training, our division also offers the entire spectrum of training from undergraduate training for medical students and clinical clerks, to fellowship training in various areas of specialty focus.

The division of general surgery supports an active research program. The surgical faculties have a wide variety of research interests that include areas of focus in basic science, clinical outcomes, and surgical education. The divisional research program and several surgical faculties hold affiliations with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Department of Innovation in Medical Education, and Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology.  The division hosts an annual divisional research day to showcase yearly activity, and recognize trainees and faculty for outstanding achievement in research.

Through a collaborative and collegial approach our faculty strives to achieve excellence in clinical care, while fostering an environment that also supports an educational and research mandate.

F Balaa MD
Division Head