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Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc.

Founder & Executive Director

DugaldDugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and researcher who is playing a leading role in helping develop the field of integrative and naturopathic oncology. 

As founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC), Dugald is pioneering a contemporary cancer treatment model based on scientifically grounded, evidence-informed complementary medicine. With the establishment of the first integrative cancer care and research centre in Eastern Canada, Dugald and his team are providing whole-person integrative care to people living with cancer and addressing research gaps in whole-systems of cancer care. Dugald completed his M.Sc. in cancer research at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO). As a clinician scientist, Dugald has been awarded competitive grant and trainee funding from CIHR, CBCRA, the SickKids Foundation, the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and the Gateway for Cancer Research. Dugald has led numerous research projects and most recently secured funding for the largest integrative naturopathic cancer care clinical trial ever conducted in North America. In addition to clinical research, Dugald has conducted and supervised dozens of synthesis reviews and meta-analyses with the goal of building on the growing body the evidence that supports integrative oncology.

Outside the clinical and leadership roles at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Dugald serves as the director of research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is an affiliate investigator for the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dugald is also a section editor for Integrative Oncology in the Current Oncology Journal and a board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP). Past board member for the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO), Dugald was also appointed to Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Panel for the Vigilance of Health Products for which he served three years. He has published more than 50 Medline indexed peer-reviewed publications. Dugald believes strongly in the ability of evidence-based medicine to effect positive change in the health-care system and is actively building on this base. As an educator, researcher, clinician, and frequent speaker at conferences around the world, Dugald is seeking to shift the debate towards a more whole-person cancer care model that is espoused by integrative oncology.

Click here for  Dugald Seely’s Integrative Oncology Peer-Reviewed Publications, Book Chapters and Reports.


Dr. Ellen McDonell, ND

Clinician Scientist

Ellen McDonell is a naturopathic doctor and researcher focusing on integrative cancer care. In her clinical practice, Ellen uses nutrition and nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, lifestyle counselling, and acupuncture to help manage symptoms and side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, provide adjunctive care for the treatment and prevention of cancer, and optimize overall health. Through research at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, Ellen works to improve cancer outcomes by studying the effects of a complementary and integrative approach to cancer care.  Her work has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and is regularly presented at conferences.

 Ellen obtained her doctor of naturopathy from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), a degree in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and completed a two year oncology-focused residency through CCNM. Ellen is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Society for Integrative Oncology, Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.


 Mark Legacy


Mark is a researcher working to improve patient care by looking into treatments that embrace a holistic, integrative approach to traditional practices at most hospitals. Mark developed an early interest in research while completing his degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Ottawa. After working at The Ottawa Hospital on the thoracic surgery ward as an inpatient clerk for three years, he spent some time volunteering with the thoracic surgery research team. Now a full-time researcher for the OICC, Mark is eager to help provide new insights into the field of integrative oncology.


Voices of Support

“For far too long, disciplines have worked in isolation without communication and our patients have often felt caught between differing therapeutic philosophies, often to their detriment. This is a wonderful initiative. An integrative program will help provide a much needed bridge.”

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (chair)
Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital 

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