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Faculty of Medicine
In December 2006, Dr. Sam D. Shemie, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre, was named the Bertram Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation at the University of Ottawa, the first Chair of its kind in the world. The Loeb Chair promotes a national academic discourse for the investigation and the understanding of current and emerging medical and societal issues related to organ donation. As a member of the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation, Dr. Shemie has lead the establishment of medical standards for brain death determination and organ donor management in Canada for all age groups. He recently led the development of consensus expert guidelines for “Donation after Cardiocirculatory Death” (DCD) programs in Canada. In June of 2006, Sara Beth Therien, a 32-year-old Ottawa woman, became the first DCD donor in Canada subsequent to this work. Her final act of kindness has saved or changed the lives of five Canadians.
Featured Awards and Recognition
- Canadian Society of Transplantation & Canadian Association of Transplantation Recognition Award (2007)