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Dr. Robert Ohle named new VP academic and research at HSN

Ohle has been Director of Emergency Medicine Research and an ER doctor at Health Sciences North since 2017
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Sudbury's Dr. Robert Ohle has been appointed as the new Vice-President, Academic and Research Impact, at Health Sciences North (HSN) and Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI).

Dr. Robert Ohle of Sudbury is soon to become the new Vice-President, Academic and Research Impact, at Health Sciences North (HSN) and Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI).

The appointment was announced Tuesday by Dominic Giroux, the president and CEO of HSN and HSNRI. 

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Ohle join our senior leadership team,” Giroux said.

Ohle has been an Emergency Physician and Director of Emergency Medicine Research at HSN since 2017 and an Assistant Professor at NOSM University. 

Since 2021, he has also served as HSNRI Research Lead for emerging areas of research, said the HSN news release. 

His appointment becomes effective Aug. 8. 

Ohle is to replace Dr. Greg Ross, who indicated in February that he would be stepping down at the end of August to return to his home faculty position at NOSM University to lead exciting new international collaborations, said the release.

Giroux said Ohle has the right credentials for the new role.

“An impressive pool of applicants from Ontario, the rest of Canada and the United States was considered for this role,” he said. “Robert has the track record and skills to inspire and mobilize us toward growing our education and research endeavours.”

Ohle completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts both in Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, a medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at uOttawa and his Emergency Medicine Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada at the University of Ottawa, said HSN. 

As Vice-President, Ohle will lead a team of 60 people at HSNRI, HSN staff in Academic Affairs, the Simulation Laboratory and Library, and a budget of $13 million.

“Dr. Ohle received the NOSM University 2022 Clinical Scholar Award,” said Dr. Sarita Verma, President and Vice-Chancellor of NOSM University. “He is a highly regarded physician, educator and researcher. We congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new role.”

Ohle himself commented that he is pleased to extend his contribution to health care.

“I am passionate and inspired by education and research and the power that it has to inform and transform Canadian health care,” said Ohle. 

“As the leading medical centre in Northern Ontario and one of Canada’s top 40 research hospitals, our people at HSN and HSNRI and their academic and research work have a role to play on the Canadian stage,” he said. “I am honoured to work with them in the role of Vice-President, Academic and Research Impact.”

HSN said Ohle’s appointment as vice-president will be four days per week, with the remainder of his time performing shifts in the Emergency Department.