Marc Ruel is the Michael Pitfield Chairman and Professor in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He received his medical doctor degree from the University of Ottawa in 1994, and his specialist certification in cardiac surgery in 2000. He pursued minimally invasive surgery and basic science training at Harvard Medical School, and he completed a Masters in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2002.
Marc’s areas of predilection include minimally invasive coronary and valve surgery, heart transplantation, LVADs, as well as complex and repeat cardiac operations. In Ottawa, he established a thriving regenerative medicine research programme, which has been continuously funded by national funding agencies for more than 15 years. Marc has been the recipient of many awards, including the Gold Medal in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As Chairman of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Ottawa since 2013, he significantly grew his Division’s clinical volume and focus on quality clinical care, its translational and clinical research output, its advanced education mandate, its long-term follow-up structure, as well as its focus on surgical innovation.