Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known as Physiatry, is the branch of medicine concerned with the comprehensive diagnosis, medical management and rehabilitation of people of all ages with neuromusculoskeletal disorders and associated disabilities.  Physiatrists work in a diverse range of subspecialty areas to help patients with a variety of impairments related to conditions such as stroke acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and various musculoskeletal disorders.  Physiatrists play a vital role in our health care system and as the Canadian population continues to age, the demand for their services will only continue to grow.

Summer Resident Newsletter

Published Tue Aug 19/14 11:00am.
The Summer 2014 Resident Newsletter has been distributed.  If you haven't received your copy, an online version is available here:

IRLS 2014

Published Tue Jul 22/14 9:00am.
Residents play a critical leadership role in postgraduate medical education. Entering its sixth year, the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS) is an extension one of the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). The summit is one of Canada’s premier resident development events, a two-day conference dedicated to supporting present and future resident leaders. The IRLS will be held on October 25-26, 2014 and further information is available from the ICRE website.  Early registration ends Sept 15!

Non-invasive Ventilation: A Role in Palliative Care?

Published Thu Jul 10/14 12:00pm.
Presented by: Dr. Ingrid Harle

Friday June 13, 2014
36 Barrie Street

1. Review the mechanics of non-invasive ventilation
2. Review technical considerations of NIV
3. Evaluate the role of NIV in providing palliative care to our patients

Flyer attached.
Presentation slides attached.

James Low, six alumni named to Order of Canada

Published Wed Jul 09/14 2:00pm.

Queen’s University emeritus professor James Low has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an academic and as the founder of the Museum of Health Care.

The award is the second highest honour of merit in Canada and is given to those who make a major difference in Canada through lifelong contributions in their field.

“The award is actually more for the museum than for me,” says the ever-humble Dr. Low, who has volunteered at the museum since it opened as a non-profit institution in 1991, served as its executive director until the end of 2012, and now works as its advancement officer. “We have created a unique cultural resource.”

James Low poses with one of the only remaining original iron lungs used at Sick Children's Hospital in 1937.

Dr. Low was also the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Queen’s from 1965 to 1985.

“This is the only mission-specific museum of health care in Canada,” says Dr. Low. “We have two missions: develop a complete collection highlighting all health care disciplines, and tell the health care story to enhance public understanding. The past is the foundation on which the present is built. Preserving the health care legacy is important.”

In his role as advancement Officer, Dr Low works with the museum's Board of Directors to find new patrons and donors which help preserve the museum's history.

“James Low has contributed greatly to Queen’s University and its medical program since coming to Kingston nearly 50 years ago,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Earning the Order of Canada is a true honour and rewards the years Dr. Low spent establishing the Museum of Health Care, the only one of its kind in Canada.”

Six Queen’s alumni were also appointed to the Order of Canada. Named as officers of the order are:

Harold Jennings, OC,  MSc’61, PhD’64 (Chemistry), Distinguished Research Scientist, National Research Council of Canada,  for his contributions to carbohydrate chemistry, notably in the development of a pediatric vaccine used internationally to prevent the most common strain of meningitis.

Veena Rawat, OC, PhD’73 (Electrical Engineering), past president of the Communications Research Centre, for her contributions to telecommunications engineering and for her leadership in establishing the global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management.

Shirley Tilghman, OC, Artsci’68 (Chemistry),  DSc’02, a molecular biologist and past president of Princeton University,  for her contributions to molecular biology, for her leadership in university education and for her influential efforts to champion women in science and engineering.

Named as members of the order are:

Jim Leech, CM, MBA’73,  former president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and current Queen’s chancellor, for his contributions as an innovator in pension management, for his writings on the subject of retirement funding, and for his community involvement.

Bruce McNiven, CM,  Artsci’76 (History), lawyer and founding member and treasurer of the Trudeau Foundation, for his broad and sustained commitment to the preservation and flourishing of Montreal culture and heritage.

Donna Stewart, CM, Meds’67, chair of women’s health for the University Health Network and U of T, for her contributions to women’s health as a nationally renowned leader in the field.

Head, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Published Mon Jun 30/14 1:00pm.
Queen’s University and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals

Applications are invited for the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University and its fully affiliated teaching hospitals, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care. We are searching for an academic physician with proven administrative experience and leadership skills who, as Head, will develop and manage teams that will foster continuing excellence in teaching, patient care and research within the Department and the region. The qualified applicant must be eligible for licensure in Ontario.

Encompassing the five divisions of Anatomic Pathology, Hematopathology, Genetics, Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry, the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine has comprehensive programs in education, research and clinical care. With more than 50 departmental faculty, the Department is engaged in teaching laboratory medicine and the pathogenesis of disease; training the next generation of biomedical research scientists and laboratory physicians; conducting basic and translational research, including gene expression profiling, which advances the understanding and treatment of disease; and delivering diagnostic services and clinical programs to the people of southeastern Ontario. The Department currently has in excess of $4.5M in research grant funding. Further information may be obtained by visiting the Department’s web site at

Applications and nominations, the former to be accompanied by a letter summarizing leadership and administrative experience, a curriculum vitae and the names and full contact information of three referees, are to be directed to: Drs. Richard Reznick and John Leverette, Search Committee Co-Chairs, c/o Mrs. Gail Knutson, Faculty of Health Sciences, Macklem House, Queen’s University, 18 Barrie Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6 or by e-mail to Review of applications and nominations will commence in mid-September and will continue until the position is filled. Support to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs, will be provided in the recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Mrs. Knutson.
One of Canada’s leading universities, Queen’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, research and a diverse and vibrant
learning environment. With its strong tradition of public service, the University has helped to shape Canadian values and policies, educating notable political and cultural figures.
Queen’s University is located in the heart of the community in historic Kingston, midpoint between Montreal Toronto and Ottawa, the nation’s capital.

The University and Hospitals are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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