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Dr. Shawna Johnston


On behalf of the Queen’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, I welcome you to our home page!  Our department has a long and prestigious heritage, incepted in1854 with the establishment of the Queen’s Medical School. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has led women’s health care and education in our wide community for more than 150 years.

We provide care over 500,000 residents across the broad Southeastern Ontario region. We run a busy high-risk Obstetric unit alongside a tertiary level NICU. We are proud of our community partnerships with Brockville, Napanee and James Bay; these allow us to provide outreach women’s health care and also expose our learners to varying models of care provision to provide the most well-rounded education. Our department focus remains on delivering care through teamwork and partnership. In these challenging times of limited health care resources, we are driven to be women’s health care leaders by being innovators and clinical pioneers. 

The department includes 19 full-time members with comprehensive subspecialty representation. We are organized into five busy and productive divisions including Maternal Fetal Medicine, General Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gynaecologic Oncology, Urogynaecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Our academic training sites include our Kingston campus and a satellite campus in Brockville where 3 full-time members work. Within our Divisions, there is clinical expertise in pediatric and adolescent gynaecology, menopause care, bariatric obstetrics, and minimally invasive surgery. We additionally offer a unique fellowship in contraceptive care and research (the “CARE” fellowship).

One of our primary goals as a department is to achieve excellence in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. We were the first Obstetrics and Gynaecology program in Canada to implement CBME into our postgraduate curriculum, a testament to our ability to lead change.  Queen’s OB/Gyn residents leave training as highly competent clinicians and surgeons who become outstanding leaders in our field as well as outstanding ambassadors for our department.

In addition to teaching excellence, our department also has a strong history of research excellence. Research occurs at all levels, with undergraduate summer research fellowships, postgraduate research projects and clinic and basic science research projects led by department members.  Recently we have generated world class research in pre-eclampsia, infertility and endometriosis, but there is so much work going on in so many other fields. Stay tuned … our research future is very bright!

To close, I highlight our biggest strength which is actually us. We are a department filled with highly skilled, passionate and academically curious members who care very much about each other and the ongoing success of our brilliant department and its learners.

I encourage you to learn more about the Queen’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. You will be amazed!

Yours sincerely, 

Shawna Johnston, MD, FRCSC
Head of Department