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Welcome to The Ottawa Hospital Department of Family Practice. Dr. Philip Karas is the Medical Director for the Department of Family Practice. Our Administration office is located at:

The Ottawa Hospital
General Campus
Room 2005E
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 1L6

About Us

The Ottawa Hospital Department of Family Practice was created in 1998 by the merger of the Departments of Family Medicine of the Riverside, General, Civic, and Grace Hospitals as part of the HSRC directed restructuring of Ottawa’s hospitals. Members of the department work at all three TOH campuses providing inpatient and outpatient services.

The department is closely affiliated with the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine residency program both in the community and in the hospital. For more information regarding the residency program, please visit www.familymedicine.uottawa.ca.

Civic Campus

Dr. John Brewer is the Medical Director of the Academic Family Health Team at the Civic Campus and Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine.

The Civic Campus is home to the Academic Family Health Team at The Ottawa Hospital. Here, family physicians work with residents, medical students, nurses and nurse practitioners as well as allied health professionals including dieticians and social workers in a primary care environment that has recently become a Family Health Network.

Patients are seen by appointment during regular office hours as well as extended hours for urgent situations. Patients are also followed through the Civic Emergency and for inpatient admissions.

There are two call groups at the Civic Campus: Teaching Family Medicine (TFM) and Community Family Medicine (CFM). TFM works with the residents to take care of their patients in hospital. CFM is a group of community family physicians who admit and care for their own patients in hospital. CFM is also involved in patient care with the Rehabilitation Floor.

Members of the department also provide care for the Awaiting Long-term Care for patients awaiting placement into nursing homes. Other members of the Department of Family Practice work closely with other departments to provide excellent patient care as consultants, clinical assistants and surgical assistants.

General Campus

Dr. Philip Karas is the Hospital Services Director and Site Chief for the General Campus for the Department of Family Practice, Director of the General Pre-Admission Unit and Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine.

The General Campus family physicians provide in-hospital care to their patients and work in the outpatient clinics as well. Areas of the hospital where they provide patient care include the Awaiting Placement Unit, the Pre-Admission Unit, and the Cancer Centre.

Riverside Campus

Dr. Peter Kuling is the Medical Director of the Academic Family Health Team – Riverside Campus and Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine.

The Riverside Campus is home to the Riverside Campus Academic Family Health Team at The Ottawa Hospital. This unit opened its doors in July 2005 and serves patients from the community and supports the University of Ottawa Family Medicine Residency Program. The health-care team includes physicians, a nurse care practitioner, nurses, other allied health professionals and support staff.

The unit joins the  Academic Family Health Team Team of the Civic Campus as part of a Family Health Network. Patients are seen here by appointment during regular office hours.

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