The Ottawa Hospital’s Dr. Ralf Buhrmann wins the Medicine Ball trophy

April 7, OTTAWA, ON – Nearly 800 guests and a panel of three judges were entertained by eight ballroom dances Saturday night with doctors participating from The Ottawa Hospital. The judges carefully reviewed each competitor and then combined those scores with votes, which were given for fundraising efforts. When the final votes came in, Dr. Ralf Buhrmann was crowned the winner.

More than $433,000 was raised to support patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital. Tim Kluke, President of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, said this fundraiser is one of the most entertaining fundraisers he has experienced. “When you see these doctors take the stage and the excitement in the crowd from their colleagues from The Ottawa Hospital, as well as patients, it’s really incredible. And the funds raised are supporting areas of The Ottawa Hospital which mean the most to our dancing docs from cancer care to cancer research, as well as research in gay men’s health.”

It was a dazzling night on the dance floor for eight doctors from The Ottawa Hospital. The fourth annual Dancing With The Docs fundraiser, which took place at the Hilton Lac Leamy, displayed the newly-honed ballroom dance skills of these physicians.

With professional dance partners, from Arthur Murray Dance studio, these eight physicians took to the dance floor; all in an effort to win the prized Medicine Ball trophy.

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people, to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health care challenges. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital, visit

Media Contact: Shelley McLean, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation; [email protected]; 613-324-4466