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Docs dazzle on the dance floor to support patient care and research

April 8, 2017 – Eight doctors from The Ottawa Hospital traded their lab coats for dance shoes at an unforgettable evening. The third annual Dancing with the Docs fundraiser, which took place at the Hilton Lac Leamy, showcased the ballroom skills of eight physicians from The Ottawa Hospital.

After months of rigorous training, these eight physicians took to the dance floor, leaving their comfort zone behind to compete for the coveted Medicine Ball trophy.

More than 700 guests and a panel of three judges were entertained by each performance. The judges carefully critiqued each competitor and then combined those scores with votes which were purchased to support each doctor. After the final tally, Dr. Roanne Segal walked away the champion.

The true winner tonight was The Ottawa Hospital and its patients. More than $160,000 was raised to support care and research. Tim Kluke, President of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, said it was a great night. “Each one of our physicians was dancing for an area of the hospital that’s meaningful to them. That might be our new Breast Health Centre, cancer care or cancer research, and even vision research. So our docs were highly motivated to support their area of work.”

After the competition wrapped up, the dance floor opened up, and for a few hours, these physicians were able to relax before getting back to the critical work they are a part of at The Ottawa Hospital.

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;; 613-324-4466