Dermatology Centre

The challenge

The current Division of Dermatology at The Ottawa Hospital operates as a part-time unit spread across four locations with limited space. As a result, wait times to see a dermatologist in Ottawa have increased from six weeks to 10 months, largely due to a shortage of dermatologists. Yet melanoma is the second most common cancer among 20 to 44 year-olds and the eighth leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada. Dermatology care needs to expand to meet the increased prevalence of skin cancer and to be a centre of rapid diagnosis and treatment.


The solution

The Ottawa Hospital is improving dermatology care with a new Dermatology Centre of Excellence at the Civic Campus. This new centre will expand services for general dermatology, as well as establish a melanoma rapid diagnosis and management clinic and a psoriasis systemic therapy clinic.

  • Faster assessments: Patients with a lesion suspicious for melanoma will be assessed and treated within two weeks.
  • Shorter wait times: Wait times will be reduced from 10 months to just two months by retaining more dermatologists.
  • Increased access: The number of patient assessments will increase by 20% annually.
  • More training: An expanded program will allow the Division of Dermatology to attract and train three new dermatologists and two new researchers in this specialized field.
  • Dermatology research: Clinical research will be expanded, and patients at The Ottawa Hospital will benefit first from life-saving and life-changing research and clinical trials.

How you can help

We’re raising $3 million to build a new Dermatology Centre of Excellence. A fundraising campaign is now in place to expand and equip this new centre and continue to work toward a vision of world-class care for everyone in our community.

You can donate online or download our donation form.

For more information, contact Sharon Martin, Senior Director, Philanthropy, at 613-798-5555, ext. 19084, or [email protected].