Heather Lochnan MD FRCPC

Dr. Heather Lochnan graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and completed research training at the Hôpital Necker- Enfants Malades in Paris, France and at the Banting and Best Research Institute in Toronto. She is the Assistant Dean of Continuing Professional Development, Education Programming for the Faculty of Medicine and is Associate Professor of Medicine. She joined the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1997 and went on to serve as Program Director until 2008. She has taught and trained medical students for the past two decades. She was Unit II Leader and Endocrinology Content Expert during the development of the new UGME curriculum and is Director of Back to Basics. She is proud of her contribution to the development of Obesity Week for second year medical students, designed to foster sensitivity and promote advocacy.

She has served in key leadership roles in two endocrine organizations, CSEM (Canada) and ATA (USA). Her contributions to medical education at the local and national level were recognized in 2015 with a Faculty of Medicine UGME, Leadership award, 2010 she received the Educator of the Year Award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and a Canadian Association of Medical Education Merit Award.

She leads a clinical research group focused mainly on the treatment of diabetes and its complications. She was the Ottawa Hospital site principal investigator for many international trials including the ACCORD Trial and more recently, ONTARGET, EXSCEL, EMPA-REG and Celiac Disease Diet Studies (in patients with DM-1.) Along with her interest in diabetes, her practice includes a dedicated thyroid cancer and thyroid nodule biopsy clinic where residents and fellows learn to perform ultrasound guided thyroid biopsies. Her research and innovations in the field of medical education have been published and presented internationally.