Episode 97: Jill Barr and the next generation of giving
Pulse: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Podcast
by Jill Barr, Shelley McLean
2w ago
Jill Barr is a young professional who has stepped forward to help lead the next generation of philanthropy. As a childhood cancer survivor, Jill has a unique perspective on the importance of having state-of-the-art healthcare. She has raised her hand to support the Campaign to Create Tomorrow and engage others to do the same.  Listen to learn about Jill’s first introduction to The Ottawa Hospital at the age of 11 and a special memory that she holds close. You’ll also find out why she wanted to get involved in our Foundation’s Young Leaders Network and how she’ll run her first half-maratho ..read more
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Episode 96: A Canadian surgical first thanks to VR technology
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by Kawan Rakhra, Shelley McLean
1M ago
It’s not just the stuff you see in science fiction movies anymore. VR technology is changing the way complex surgeries are planned. Picture a virtual reality system taking hundreds of medical images and giving a surgeon a 3D view that allows them to move within the patient’s body — just like a video game — before surgery. It’s a whole new way of surgical planning and this new VR program was used for the first time in Canada right here at The Ottawa Hospital.   Dr. Kawan Rakhra, a senior Musculoskeletal Radiologist, takes us behind the scenes of this game-changing technology and the impact ..read more
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Episode 95: Getting On Track with psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Brandigampola
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by Sarah Brandigampola, Shelley McLean
2M ago
The Ottawa Hospital’s mental health team provides early diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illness to patients across Eastern Ontario. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Sarah Brandigampola, a psychiatrist at our hospital who works in the On Track: First Episode Psychosis Program. She discusses the three-year program that cares for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, the multi-disciplinary team involved, and why this program is so important, including the fact that Canada has one of the highest rates of schizophrenia in the world. Dr. Brandigampola also shares that treatment opti ..read more
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Episode 94: Making sure cancer isn't a big scary word
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by Heba Haidar, Shelley McLean
3M ago
When Heba Haidar was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, her world came to a grinding halt. She was on maternity leave, with three young children under the age of five, and she worried about what the future might hold for her and her family. Hear Heba’s story – one of our latest in the cancer journey series — and find out why cancer is not such a big scary word anymore.(26:34 ..read more
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Episode 92: RN Phil Nguyen’s home away from home
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by Phil Nguyen, Shelley McLean
5M ago
Register Nurse Phil Nguyen exudes energy — whether he’s caring for patients on 5W in the Transplant and Cellular Therapy Unit at the General Campus, teaching the next generation of healthcare workers at uOttawa, or busting a move as a hip-hop dancer.  In this conversation, Phil talks about why he considers The Ottawa Hospital his home away from home. He reveals what he loves most about his job, his special connection with patients, and how his team will go beyond the call of duty to provide compassionate care — he shares one special story in particular. You’ll also find out why it’s not s ..read more
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Episode 91: Breaking barriers: Dr. Shawn Aaron's award-winning journey in cutting-edge research
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by Shawn Aaron, Shelley McLean
5M ago
Dr. Shawn Aaron’s path to research wasn’t planned. In fact, his goal was to become a physician and care for patients with lung disease, but that all changed when he came to The Ottawa Hospital and fell in love with research. In this conversation, Dr. Aaron discusses his practice-changing research for cystic fibrosis and COPD. While he admits his research career saw early success when he turned his master’s thesis into a New England Journal of Medicine article – that didn’t stop him from pushing the research envelope over his impressive career. As a result of that, he has been named the 2023 re ..read more
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Episode 90: Amy Volume considers our ortho team the real rock stars
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by Amy Volume, Shelley McLean
5M ago
Faced with an autoimmune disorder since childhood, rock radio announcer Amy Volume has been a patient of The Ottawa Hospital for about 20 years. More recently, she started losing mobility in one leg and that’s when her orthopaedic team said it was time for her to have hip replacement surgery. Listen to hear more about Amy’s story and why she considers our ortho surgeons the real rock stars. (23:46 ..read more
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Episode 89: Unlocking discoveries in ovarian cancer
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by Barbara Vanderhyden, Shelley McLean
5M ago
Meet Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden – a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital who’s held the inaugural Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research since 2000.  In this episode, Dr. Vanderhyden talks about why she’s devoted her career to investigating ovarian cancer. You’ll learn about her dedicated team, and find out who are the unofficial members, and the important role they play. Plus, Dr. Vanderhyden shares two critical discoveries they’ve made in the last few years, her deep gratitude for our donors, and how puzzles and mysteries continue to be a part of her life even when she's no ..read more
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Episode 88: Stefanie Scrivens still going strong after specialized brain surgery
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by Stefanie Scrivens, Shelley McLean
5M ago
After nearly a decade of mini seizures, Stefanie Scrivens was diagnosed with a rare form of a brain tumour at only 20 years old — that was in 2009. She would be one of the first to benefit from a new treatment option to increase her chance of survival, including two complex, 8-hour awake brain surgeries at The Ottawa Hospital to remove the tumour. Today, at the age of 34, we check in with Stefanie to get an update on how she’s doing and what direction her life has taken since her two brain surgeries at The Ottawa Hospital. (26:55 ..read more
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Episode 87: A first for gay men's health in Canada
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by Paul MacPherson, Shelley McLean
5M ago
Dr. Paul MacPherson is a longtime advocate for gay men’s health. In 2023, he was named the first Clinical Research Chair in Gay Men’s Health at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. This chair is a first of its kind in any Canadian hospital. In this episode, Dr. MacPherson talks about what it means to see this research become a reality, the stigma gay men face when it comes to their health, and how he hopes this chair will help to change that. He also shares how the idea for the chair came about in the first place, and what he does with the one hour he sets aside for himself e ..read more
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