Frederick Boychuk

My Journey….. On April 27, 2020, at the beginning of Covid lockdowns, I was drinking my usual morning coffee when I felt my heart begin to race and bounce. As a life-long athlete and vegan, I realized right away this was not normal, so I immediately went to The Oakville Memorial Hospital Emergency. They hooked me up to a CT scan, which showed my…

Posted on August 23, 2021

Patient Engagement and the Patient Alumni: ORACLE Research Proposals 2021

To quote the UOHI Strategic Plan, Further Together, patient engagement means that patients and health care providers share ideas and discussions about how to improve care.  Patient-centered care has always been a core objective of the Heart Institute and the UOHI Patient Alumni, and is the reason that four of our Patient Alumni Board members recently had the privilege of participating in the review…

Posted on July 28, 2021


And we are going virtual!  The UOHI Patient Alumni Annual General Meeting is coming:  October 6, 2021, 3:30-5:30 pm.  More information including registration will be coming in the next month’s newsletter.

Posted on June 23, 2021

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IN ACTION!: Dr. Sun’s Research on Patient-defined Outcomes of Coronary Artery Disease

In the fall of 2019, patient alumni and caregivers volunteered to participate in a research study to identify outcomes that patients truly care about following treatment for coronary artery (heart) disease.  The results of that study have now been published and work continues to build on the insight generated by our patients!   Through a consensus building process, the study participants (patient alumni, family…

Posted on June 22, 2021

Meet the new UOHI Patient Alumni Board Members!  Introducing David “Bud” Cameron.

Under the leadership of Jean Bilodeau, Nancy Lawson, and Stephen Sharp, the Patient Alumni Board solicited applications for vacant Board positions and interviewed applicants in the Fall of 2020, before inviting selected individuals to join the Board. The results are in!  Please join us in welcoming the new Board members, who we will be introducing to you over the next several months. Let’s meet:…

Posted on June 21, 2021

The Heart Institute turns 45

  Three heart transplants in a single day, a 2,500-year-old mummy, a Royal visit. Safe to say a lot has happened over the last 45 years.     The early years: Canadian firsts, big strides in innovation, and a Royal visit Founder Dr. Wilbert J. Keon’s vision is to create an integrated heart centre where cardiology, surgery, anesthesiology, and nursing are integrated for patient…

Posted on May 20, 2021

The Beat Audio: Drs. Bob Reid and Peter Liu talk COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Liu urges Canadians to get vaccinated. Listen to the interview.   Heart Institute scientist says “get vaccinated as soon as possible”  In April, The Beat interviewed Dr. Peter Liu, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s chief scientific officer, about coronavirus variants and how they are changing the pandemic landscape in Canada. Dr. Liu then appeared on an episode of The Heartwise Podcast (recorded…

Posted on May 20, 2021

The Beat Interviews Dr. F. Daniel Ramirez

    Dr. F. Daniel Ramirez is a cardiac electrophysiologist and clinician-scientist in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI). He bounced around between Kingston and Ottawa while completing his early medical training, and later studied in Bordeaux, France, before returning to the UOHI. The Beat caught up with Dr. Ramirez to learn more about his journey to becoming a…

Posted on April 16, 2021

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is going virtual again in 2021!

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is back virtually once again for 2021. Help support the groundbreaking research being done at the Heart Institute by participating in Team Heart. Be part of Team Heart and run for research! Raise more than just your heartbeat and contribute to cardiac innovation one step at a time. REGISTER Don’t forget to choose the “University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation…

Posted on April 15, 2021

“An unprecedented leap forward” in cardiac muscle repair after heart attack

Scientists at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) have cooked up the first human protein gel material capable of repairing damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. The gel, made from recombinant human collagen in the BioEngineering and Therapeutic Solutions (BEaTS) laboratory of the UOHI, is an “unprecedented leap forward” in addressing repair of cardiac muscle after a heart attack, and has the potential to…

Posted on March 16, 2021