Dr. Douglas Cochen and Dr. Liisa Honey are partners in life, and partners in ensuring that Ottawa women have access to quality care in obstetrics & gynecology. Not only have they delivered thousands of babies at Queensway Carleton Hospital, they are also dedicated to ensuring that moms are healthy and well during their pregnancy journey and afterwards.
In addition to lecturing the next generation of obstetricians and gynecologists at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, their primary professional roles see them helping to develop the vibrant and innovative Maternal Newborn program at QCH, where Dr. Honey is Department Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Dr. Cochen is Chief Medical Information Officer. For their substantive commitment to the health and well-being of women and their babies, Dr. Cochen and Dr. Honey are two of #150GreatPeople in Ottawa. Here, they answer the questionnaire:
What Makes Ottawa special to you?
Neither one of us grew up in Ottawa but we both came here to do our residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is where we met and married and now we call Ottawa home. Our kids have the privilege of growing up in a progressive city that offers unique cultural and outdoor activities. We take advantage of cross-country skiing in the winter and biking trails in the summer. Our teenagers have the ultimate independence with public transportation that allows them to safely navigate the city. The special thing about Ottawa is truly the people.
What do you love most about living and working in Ottawa?
Balance: Work-Play. Sports-Education. Opportunities-Challenges. Privacy-Community. Cosmopolitan-Hometown.
The work that you do makes Ottawa a better place – why is this important to you?
The west end of Ottawa is a growing vibrant community and we are lucky to work at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, the community hospital serving Manotick, Kanata, Nepean and area. We advocate for women’s health and access to quality obstetrical care and gynecologic services. Doug is leading the charge to develop electronic health records at the Queensway Carleton Hospital with 5 other hospital partners. Liisa has started a community of practice that brings together obstetrical providers from many other hospitals around Ottawa to facilitate and improve the quality of obstetrical care for Ottawa and the surrounding areas.
You give back to the Ottawa community in various ways – is there one Ottawa-related achievement of which you are most proud?
We are very proud to be part of the growth of health care in the west end of Ottawa at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. This great hospital has given us the opportunity to develop quality care in the Maternal Newborn program. We have also been fortunate to facilitate the transformation of healthcare via adoption of technology. We both owe a sincere debt of gratitude to our patients, our colleagues, and the leadership of QCH.
What do you hope for Ottawa in the future?
Our hope for Ottawa is that she continues to be enlightened, progressive, and inclusive. As many others have said, the people and the size of Ottawa make her wonderful. The unique opportunities for work, research, outdoor activities, and raising a family are the gems that surprise newcomers. We would like future Ottawans to be proud of their city!