University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation



The Heart Institute was founded in 1976 by Dr. Wilbert Keon.  Dr. Keon envisioned a cardiovascular centre of excellence that battled heart disease from every front, by relying on the synergy of research, education, and clinical care.  It’s the fusion of these three domains that guides the work of the Heart Institute today and is revolutionizing cardiac care world-wide. Our donors support the innovation that makes this possible

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is the bridge that connects our generous donor community with the programs, facilities, research, and exceptional team of health care professionals advancing cardiovascular care and saving lives every day.

Our Impact

By building knowledge through research and translating discoveries into advanced treatment, we are changing the face of cardiac care far beyond the borders of Ottawa and Canada.

  • A Canadian leader in Telemedicine/Telehealth, we’ve cut hospital readmission by 54% for heart failure patients – saving up to $20,000 for each patient safely diverted from an ER visit, re-admission, and hospital stay.
  • STEMI is one of the deadliest forms of heart attack. We’ve developed and implemented an internationally recognized STEMI Protocol that has cut STEMI heart attack deaths by half.
  • Our Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre identified the strongest genetic risk factor for coronary artery disease and heart attack to date. Presence of this gene increases the risk of heart disease by 40%.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Canadian women. Our Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada, is building programs to improve care, raise awareness, and deepen knowledge through research specifically targeted to women – to see dramatically fewer women dying from heart disease.

These are just a few of the ways we are working relentlessly to add to the world’s storehouse of cardiovascular knowledge, and translating discoveries into advanced care.

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University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Charity Number

14081 3452 RR0001

How your gift will be used

Because it could be many years before your gift is received, we welcome the opportunity to have a conversation and work together to align your legacy and future priorities in cardiac health.

Today, accelerating research breakthroughs in cardiac treatment and prevention is our most pressing priority. Valve disease, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure will all increase exponentially within the next 30 years. The recent expansion, renovation, purchase of specialized equipment and recruitment of skilled clinicians and researchers has created a momentum to take on the battle against the most complex heart diseases, and win!

Driven by the knowledge that today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment, we will implement and execute an ambitious strategic research plan, ORACLE (Ottawa Region for Advanced Cardiovascular Research Excellence). ORACLE is all about cutting-edge research and being at the forefront of assessing trends and preparing to provide the best in patient care and tailored treatment.

Guided by our values and the ongoing support of our donor community, we look forward to the next frontier, moving further together, discovering innovative, life-saving procedures and treatments, and always putting patients first.

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