Announcement: Dr. Michael Ott appointed in the Department of Oncology as Chair


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Ott has been appointed in the Department of Oncology as:

  • Chair (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University);
  • Physician Executive (London Health Sciences Centre); and
  • Chief (St. Joseph’s Health Care London).

Dr. Michael Ott completed his MD at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University in 2001 and completed his General Surgery residency at Western University in 2006. Following his residency, Dr. Ott completed his fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Ferguson Clinic, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University.

He received certification through the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery in addition to the Royal College certification. In 2007 he joined London Health Sciences Centre at Victoria Hospital.

Dr. Ott is currently a Professor within the Department of Surgery (Division of General Surgery) and Department of Oncology (Division of Surgical Oncology). He also completed a Master of Health Professions Education, MHPE, University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015, and recently completed the Harvard University Surgical Leadership Program at Harvard University.

Dr. Ott has held many leadership roles in surgical education including being Program Director of the General Surgery training program at Western University for 10 years, and he has been active as a member of numerous committees inclusive of the Royal College Specialty Committee, Accreditation Committee, Royal College International Accreditation, and the General Surgery Exam Board.

He has contributed nationally as the Chair of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) Postgraduate Education Committee and as a member of the Board of CAGS. Clinically, Dr. Ott has served as the Cancer Care Ontario Colorectal Surgery and Pathology Champion, Southwest Region and as a member of the Pan- Canadian Standards for Rectal Cancer Surgery Committee, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Dr. Ott’s medical education research has focused on surgical workplace learning, surgical expertise/judgement and assessment in the clinical workplace. His work spans teaching and learning in the operating room, curriculum design, trainee’s assessment, and competency-based assessment.

Dr. Ott has been recognized for his contributions, receiving the Schulich Awards of Excellence in Graduate/Postgraduate Education, Department of Oncology Excellence in Education Award, as well as numerous local and national awards for education/education research.

Since 2022, Dr. Ott has been expertly leading the Department as Interim Chair/Physician Executive/Chief. We thank him for his outstanding work to date and look forward to his continued leadership.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ott on his appointment.

John Yoo, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University

Kevin Chan, MD, FRCPC, MPH
Corporate Medical Executive
London Health Sciences Centre

Adam Dukelow, MD, FRCPC, MHSc, CHE
Vice President, Medical & Academic Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London