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Dr. Melissa Forgieimage of smiling woman with blonde hair

Dr. Melissa Forgie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's medical school and has Royal College specializations in Internal Medicine and in Hematology. She has a fellowship in Thromboembolic Disorders. She has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology, and is a clinician investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She has publications in a wide array of prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature and continues to publish in her area of clinical expertise. She is an active investigator in a number of both peer and industry funded clinical trials.

Dr. Forgie was previously Residency Program Director for the University of Ottawa's Hematology Training Program. Her clinical practice specializes in thromboembolic diseases, haemoglobinopathies and transfusional iron overload.

Dr. Forgie is now Vice-dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Prior to this, she was Assistant Dean, Student Affairs as well as the Association of Faculties of Medicine National Co-Chair for Student Affairs.

Dr. Forgie has received several teaching awards and teaches in both the Anglophone and Francophone streams of the undergraduate medical education program. She has received Faculty awards for her teaching in both languages.

She has also received numerous patient care awards and is a 2009 recipient of the Ottawa Hospital Physician Recognition Award. She is currently one of the most highly awarded physicians at The Ottawa Hospital and is a site chief.

In her capacity as Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, she has received recognition for her advocacy for and assessment of the learning environment. She has recently developed a program for social accountability for the MD program, which encompasses humanities, community service learning, global health, leadership and social determinants of health subprograms. She sits on a number of AFMC working groups.

She is an invited member of the International Women’s Forum, which features women world leaders who have broken through barriers and achieved recognition for their leadership.

She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario since January 2015.

In November 2015, Dr. Forgie was awarded the Jeff Turnbull Health Advocacy Award.

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