OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The University of Ottawa Heart Institute
(UOHI) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Marc Ruel, Cardiac
Surgeon and Endowed Chair of Cardiac Surgery Research at UOHI, as the
new Chief of Cardiac Surgery. Appointed for a 5-year mandate, Dr. Ruel
will succeed Dr. Thierry Mesana starting on January 1, 2013.
"As our incoming Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Marc Ruel is not only an
outstanding cardiac surgeon and a talented researcher, but also a
remarkable leader who will guide and support an extraordinary team of
professionals as the Heart Institute moves forward," said Dr. Robert
Roberts, President and CEO of the Heart Institute. "I wish to express
my gratitude and thanks to Dr. Thierry Mesana for his great leadership
as he steps down as Chief of Cardiac Surgery. His work, dedication,
skill and knowledge over the years have contributed greatly to the
Heart Institute's reputation worldwide."
Dr. Marc Ruel received his M.D. cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 1994 and his specialist certification
in Cardiac Surgery in 2000. He subsequently pursued a combined
fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and laboratory research at
Harvard University, where he also completed a Masters in Public Health,
with a focus on statistical methods.
Dr. Ruel's faculty appointments at the University of Ottawa are with the
Departments of Surgery (primary affiliation), Cellular and Molecular
Medicine (cross-appointed affiliation), and Epidemiology and Community
Medicine (cross-appointed affiliation). In 2010, he was promoted to
Full Professor in these three departments. He is the Chair of the Heart
Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices committee, and of the
Operating Room committee, at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
In September 2010, Dr. Ruel also became the Assistant-Dean, Clinical and
Translational Research, at the University of Ottawa.
"The Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart
Institute has a long and rich history of excellence. Under the
successive headships of Drs. Keon and Mesana, our surgeons and
affiliated health team have contributed great advances to surgical
care, outcomes, and research over the last several decades. I am
humbled by having been chosen to lead this most fine division, composed
of a group of top-notch surgeons, and which I foresee will continue to
reach new heights, with the tremendous support of our Heart Institute
co-workers, University colleagues, and grateful community," said Dr.
"It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome Marc as my
successor as Chief of Cardiac Surgery. He has continuously proven to be
one of the best cardiac surgeons in the country, and especially more
recently as he supervised three heart transplants within 24 hours, an
uncommon and yet outstanding personal and professional achievement"
said Dr. Thierry Mesana, current Chief of Cardiac Surgery.
Dr. Ruel has visited and hosted surgeons from multiple countries, such
as the United States, Japan, and India, to train them in his minimally
invasive technique for cardiac bypass grafting. He is now helping build
a community of practice for the new procedure, with many surgeons
worldwide, many of whom he trained, performing the technique on a
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is dedicated to understanding,
treating, and preventing heart disease and leads in world research. On
August 24, 2011, the Province of Ontario announced its commitment to
move ahead with a new building extension for the University of Ottawa
Heart Institute. This new facility will ensure the Heart Institute has
sufficient capacity to continue shaping cardiovascular care, research
and education for the coming decades.
Image with caption: "Dr. Marc Ruel, new Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. (CNW Group/OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121206_C6719_PHOTO_EN_21623.jpg
SOURCE: OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
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University of Ottawa Heart Institute