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Chief of Staff steps down to spend more time with homeless

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Dr. Turnbull with patient

His colleagues use words like “humble,” “compassionate” and “inspiring” to describe a man who many view as larger than life. This photo essay offers a glimpse into a day of rounds with Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull at some of Ottawa’s shelters and hospices.

After nine years as Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull retired on Dec. 31 from hospital life to spend more time helping Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations.

As medical director and one of the founders of Ottawa Inner City Health, Dr. T (as he’s affectionately known by his patients there) has focused much of his career on treating Ottawa’s homeless people. He and his team have pioneered programs to curb addictions and treat the challenges of mental health among people who otherwise have limited access to regular medical care outside a hospital. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007 for his work with Ottawa Inner City Health.

Dr. Turnbull’s résumé includes posts as President of the Medical Council of Canada, President of the Canadian Medical Association, and Department Chair of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa. His colleagues use words like “humble,” “compassionate” and “inspiring” to describe a man who many view as larger than life.

He has helped colleagues achieve their career goals, inspired an entire generation of doctors, given countless hours to help those less fortunate and has made his community a better place.

This photo essay offers a glimpse into a day of rounds with Dr. Turnbull at some of Ottawa’s shelters and hospices. After his retirement from the hospital, he will devote even more of his time there.

 
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