Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) Unit

Staff members in the HPB unit are:

  • Dr. Kimberley Bertens (Unit lead) - General Campus
    • Administrative Assistant – Shannon MacEwen
  • Dr. Fady Balaa - General Campus
    • Administrative Assistant – Shannon MacEwen
  • Dr. Guillaume Martel – General Campus
    • Administrative Assistant – Shannon MacEwen

Nurse Navigator for the HPB unit  - Kelly Legallis

The staff provide care for approximately 700 HPB cancer patients annually through the Cancer Assessment Centre (CAC) at the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus).  The unit is a fully integrated clinical practice with common patient intake and resource allocation.

The areas of focus within this unit are:

  • Benign and malignant liver lesions
  • Benign and malignant pancreatic lesions
  • Benign and malignant biliary tract disease

The staff members are actively involved in the education of undergraduate medical students and postgraduate trainees (residents and fellows) and in continuing professional development for physicians in practice.

In 2017, Dr. Kimberley Bertens will be developing communities of care in Eastern Ontario to improve the pre-referral management of HPB patients.

Recent Highlights and Honours for the HPB subspecialty unit include the following:

  • development of a multidisciplinary clinic focused on cystic neoplasms of the
    pancreas
  • Dr. Guillaume Martel
    • is an associate scientist, clinical epidemiology at OHRI
    • recently received a grant from the Canadian Surgical Research Fund (CSRF)
  • Dr. Fady Balaa
    • is the Chief of the General Surgery Division at the Ottawa Hospital

A list of research by the staff members of the HPB unit is provided in the General Surgery Division Research section of the website.