Dr. Viren Naik is the Vice President, Education for The Ottawa Hospital and Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa. He has 20 years experience as an educator, and is now focused on leading interprofessional education initiatives at his hospital to enhance the learner experience and improve the quality and safety for patients.
In 2001, he obtained a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto, and a Fellowship in Education from The Wilson Centre for Research in Education. Dr. Naik was recruited to St. Michael’s Hospital, and in 2004, he was appointed Medical Director of the Allan Waters’ Family Patient Simulation Centre. In 2009, he was recruited from the University of Toronto to establish the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) as the inaugural Medical Director. Dr. Naik has served the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Chair of the national written certification examination for his specialty. He has also served as a Clinician Educator with the Royal College tasked with advancing simulation and CanMEDS for postgraduate education and continuing professional development, both nationally and internationally. In 2007 and 2013, Dr. Naik received honour awards from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society for his international contributions to education.
In 2015, Dr. Naik completed an Executive MBA at the Telfer School of Management to further develop his leadership competencies.