Improving Quality of Life

Scientific Advisory Board

Shailendra Verma, MD, FRCPC, FACP (Chair)

Dr. Shailendra Verma is a medical oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, where he has practiced since 1985. He is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and is an adjunct research professor in the Institute of Neuroscience at Carleton University. With an academic specialty in breast cancer, melanoma and sarcoma, Dr. Verma has been a member or chair of the disease site groups for each of these areas at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center and at the provincial level. He has also been chair of the Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour Group for Eastern Ontario. Dr. Verma is a principal investigator in numerous research and educational projects at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and the Ottawa Regional Women’s Breast Health Centre. Dr. Verma has played an active role in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter) for 10 years, serving as vice chair, a member of the board, chair of its grant panels and several of its committees. Dr. Verma is proud of his role as a committed advocate on behalf of policy, research and treatment issues as they relate not only to those with breast cancer but to all patients with cancer.

Jean M. Seely, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jean Seely is head of breast imaging at the Ottawa Hospital in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging. She was born and raised in Montreal, graduating from McGill Medical School in 1989. She completed her rotating internship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 1990 and residency in radiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1995. Her fellowships were in pediatric radiology at the B.C. Children’s Hospital, thoracic radiology with Dr. Nestor Muller in 1996, and thoracic radiology with Dr. Eric Effman at the Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington in 1997. Jean worked in Seattle, Washington at Group Health Cooperative from 1997-2001, where she also trained in breast MRI with Bruce Porter. In 2001, she returned to Canada to work as a chest and breast radiologist at the Ottawa Hospital and Women’s Breast Health Center. She began the breast MRI program at the Ottawa Hospital in 2001. Jean is associate professor with the University of Ottawa, regularly teaching residents and medical students in Ottawa, as well as at meetings nationally and internationally, in breast imaging and chest disease. Jean is interested in research and has published in the fields of chest and breast radiology, she has written chapters on pleural disease and chest intervention, and review articles on breast MRI.

Dean A. Fergusson, BA, MHA, PhD

Dr. Fergusson is a senior scientist and the director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is also a full professor in the University of Ottawa’s Departments of Medicine, Surgery, and School of Epidemiology and Public Health. He holds a PhD (Honours) in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University and a masters of health administration from the University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Fergusson’s clinical research interests are mainly in the field of transfusion medicine. He has focused much of his research on transfusion alternatives and the effectiveness of blood products. His research interests also extend to the methodology and ethics of clinical trials and systematic reviews. Dr. Fergusson is a principal investigator on a number of large, peer-reviewed clinical trials in transfusion medicine including “Blood Conservation Using Antifibrinolytics: Randomized Trial in High-Risk Cardiac Surgery (BART)”, Age of Red Blood Cells in Premature Infants (ARIPI), “Age of Blood Evaluation (ABLE)”. Dr. Fergusson has also contributed more than 225 articles, abstracts, and book chapters to the medical literature.

Lise Paquet, PhD

Dr. Paquet is full professor of psychology at Carleton University which she joined in 1985, and is also an affiliate investigator with the cancer therapeutics unit of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Paquet was born in Shawinigan. She attended Universite de Moncton in New Brunswick where she graduated with her honours and masters degrees in psychology in 1980. She completed her PhD in cognitive psychology at University of Waterloo in 1985. Dr. Paquet served as associate dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University from 2003 until 2005, at which time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since completing treatment in 2007, Dr. Paquet has been principal investigator on several funded research projects concerned with psycho-social aspects of breast cancer prevention and breast cancer survivorship (in particular cognition, sexuality and adherence to treatment). Dr. Paquet has served on several grant review panels including the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, The Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance and The Canadian Cancer Society. She is currently a member of the research and evaluation committee of the Ottawa Hospital Survivorship and Well Follow-Up Care Cancer Program.

Andrew J.E. Seely, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Andrew J.E. Seely is an associate professor of surgery at the Ottawa Hospital Divisions of Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Ottawa, associate scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, chair of research for the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, director of research for the Ottawa Division of Thoracic Surgery, as well as founder and chief science officer of Therapeutic Monitoring Systems Inc. Education includes an undergraduate honours degree in physics at Carleton University, followed by medical school, general surgery training, a doctoral degree in basic science from McGill University, and thoracic surgery and critical care medicine training at the University of Ottawa. Scholarly interests include theoretical research exploring the clinical insights of complex systems science, experimental research applying continuous variability analysis at the bedside, and development of means to continuously monitor quality of surgical care. Dr. Seely has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers, presented at several international meetings, and was awarded a “New Investigator” Award by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2005. He shares his family life with Kathy Patterson and their daughters Phoebe and Ruby in Ottawa.

Salmaan Kanji, BSc.Pharm,Pharm.D.

Dr. Kanji is a Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Ottawa Hospital and an Associate Scientist with the Ottawa Health Research Institute.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at University of Montreal.  Dr. Kanji obtained his pharmacy degree from the University of Alberta in 1997, his Pharm.D. degree from Wayne State University in 2000 and completed his fellowship training at the Detroit Medical Center in 2002.

Dr. Kanji’s research interests involve critical care pharmacotherapy, specifically, management of tachyarrhythmias in the ICU, medication safety and toxicology.  Dr. Kanji has published research papers on a variety of other critical care topics including sepsis, glycemic control, antimicrobial pharmacokinetics, nutrition, and medication safety.

Burleigh-Trevor Deutsch

Retired Director, Ethics Office, at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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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