2023 In Review

Your top 5 favourite Pulse Podcast episodes of 2023

2023 was a year of milestones for The Ottawa Hospital. From cutting-edge research to journeys of healing and hope, these were the five episodes that inspired listeners to pop in their earbuds.

Camille Leahy was treated for lymphoma at The Ottawa Hospital.


CAR-T clinical trial gives Camille Leahy ‘one last shot’

When Camille Leahy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 35, it was a devastating blow. Despite many rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, her cancer kept returning. In this episode, she talks about the rollercoaster ride that led her to our hospital’s Canadian-first CAR T-cell therapy clinical trial — where she finally found hope. Camille also shares how the experience inspired her to become an advocate for other patients.


A cancer journey through a different lens

After dedicating 27 years of her career to The Ottawa Hospital, Denise Picard-Stencer was shocked when she found herself back at the hospital in 2019 — this time as a patient. Denise shares her cancer journey after a multiple myeloma diagnosis and what it was like seeing care from the patient’s perspective. She also talks about witnessing the impact of research.

Denise Picard-Stencer was treated for multiple myeloma at The Ottawa Hospital.
Dr. Meshach Asare-Werehene is a postdoctoral fellow in the Chronic Disease Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.


One simple question fuels career in cancer research

Dr. Meshach Asare-Werehene is the Immuno-Oncology Program Lead in the Tsang Lab at The Ottawa Hospital, specializing in gynecological cancers. Since he was a young boy growing up in Ghana, he was curious and always asked questions.

In this episode, he describes the one simple question that sparked his interest in learning more about cancer, and you’ll also find out how he got the nickname “headmaster” when he was young. Dr. Asare-Werehene talks about his research into ovarian cancer — from finding ways to detect it earlier to the impact of A.I., as well as the impact philanthropy had directly on his work. He also discusses how he hopes to inspire more young Black children about what’s possible for them in the future.


Go behind the scenes of the new hospital campus

The Ottawa Hospital’s new state-of-the-art campus will be the most patient-centred and technologically advanced research hospital in the country. In this episode, Jason-Emery Groën, the Vice-President, Design Director at HDR — an architecture and engineering firm working on the project — takes you behind the scenes to learn what patients, visitors, and staff can expect when the new building opens.

Dr. Jacinthe Lampron of The Ottawa Hospital trauma team


From war zone to Ottawa Hospital trauma team — a journey of lifesaving care

Dr. Jacinthe Lampron is a trauma surgeon and the medical director of The Ottawa Hospital’s Trauma Program. She’s also a reserve medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, where she served in Afghanistan. Dr. Lampron shares with us her wartime experience and what led her to our hospital. She explains how our integrated trauma team comes together each time a critically ill patient arrives at the Civic Campus and the “dance” they do to provide this specialized care. Dr. Lampron also surprises us with her career ambitions when she was a young girl, and shares what you’ll find her doing when she’s not at work.

About Pulse Podcast

Pulse Podcast, hosted by Shelley McLean, will introduce you to the patients, doctors, researchers, and donors of The Ottawa Hospital. You’ll hear how, through their commitment, they are changing the future of medicine through new discoveries, by expanding treatments and improving the patient experience.

It’s these stories that show how crucial your support is to improving patient care and advancing research at The Ottawa Hospital.

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Episode 92

RN Phil Nguyen's home away from home

Episode 91

Dr. Shawn Aaron's award-winning journey in cutting-edge research

Episode 90

Amy Volume considers our ortho team the real rock stars