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About Bruyère


Dr. Philip Stephen Wells

Dr. Philip Stephen WellsDr. Wells joined the Bruyère Board of Directors in September 2016 and serves as representative of the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Wells received his medical school education and specialty training in Internal Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He then studied Hematology and completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, concentrating on the special problems of venous thrombosis (blood clots in the veins). He pioneered the concept of clinical prediction rules to assist in the diagnosis of patients with suspected deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. For each of these diseases he embodied these prediction rules in valuable algorithms now known as the “Wells Model for DVT” and the “Wells Model for PE”. They are currently used world-wide in the diagnostic process for these illnesses and are incorporated into many National and Organizational guidelines.

He established the Thrombosis Treatment and Assessment Unit at The Ottawa Hospital, now the largest thrombosis clinical practice in the world. In March 2009, after 10 years as Division Chief in Hematology, he assumed the position of Chief/Chair of the Department of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Wells has over 30 million dollars granted in career research funding and has over 300 publications in a wide array of prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation, Blood, Nature Genetics and Lancet.

Recent Awards

  • University of Ottawa Lifetime Achievement Award, September 2014
  • The Ottawa Hospital Dr. J. David Grimes Career Achievement Award, November 2012
  • Canada Research Chair, 2001 to 2011

Professional Certifications

  • MD (Magna Cum Laude, University of Ottawa, 1984)
  • FRCPC Internal Medicine (University of Ottawa, 1989) 
  • FRCPC Hematology (McMaster University, 1991) 
  • MSc Clinical Epidemiology (McMaster University, 1994)

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