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CHEO appoints next medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Lindy Samson
Next Chief’s 5-year term begins April 1, 2016
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s new Chief of Staff designate, Dr. Lindy Samson, is a pediatric infectious diseases physician whose research focuses on children with HIV infection. She is an effective, experienced leader who has led many clinical, research and teaching initiatives at CHEO and helped develop educational programs for new doctors teaching them about health advocacy and leadership skills.

This week the Board of Trustees of CHEO confirmed the appointment of Dr. Samson as Chief of Staff for a five-year term which will start on April 1, 2016.

“Dr. Samson is known as a strategic thinker, experienced clinician and seasoned leader. She will contribute her leadership skills to the CHEO physician community, the executive team and the whole hospital,” said Board Chair Erin Crowe. “Not only does she have an evident passion for CHEO and our patients, but she is also committed to transforming pediatric healthcare through innovative patient-centred care, new delivery models, and discoveries that will change young lives around the world.”

Dr. Samson will be the lead physician on CHEO’s executive and will work closely with the CEO as well as other physician leaders at the hospital. She will help to spearhead CHEO’s vision and mission and will engage CHEO’s medical staff in achieving clinical, academic and research excellence.
Dr. Samson is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at CHEO. She is a specialist in the field of pediatric infectious diseases with a focus on pediatric HIV, immunizations, and the impact of social determinants on the health of children and youth. Her health advocacy research focuses on the impacts of social determinants of health on children and youth.

Dr. Carrol Pitters is stepping down as Chief of Staff after 6 years of dedicated service in this role, having collaborated with medical staff and governors, administration and CHEO employees to drive CHEO’s initiatives such as the launch of integrated electronic health records, and the adoption of Lean methodologies and quality improvement. Dr. Pitters is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, and a staff physician in the Emergency Department at CHEO.

The Chief of Staff is responsible for organizing the activities of the medical staff and for ensuring the quality of clinical care and patient safety. In this role, she reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

About CHEO
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is the pediatric hospital of Canada’s capital and helps over 500,000 children and youth each year. CHEO has more than 2,500 doctors, nurses and staff dedicated to providing the best possible care for the children and youth of Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and parts of Northern Ontario.

CHEO works closely with the University of Ottawa as a teaching hospital and fosters groundbreaking research through the CHEO Research Institute. CHEO’s vision is to change young lives in our community, while our innovation changes young lives around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Eva Schacherl
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Cell: 613-769-5553
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