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SOGC congratulates Ontario Regional Award winner, Dr. Elaine Jolly

The SOGC is delighted to announce Dr. Elaine Jolly as this year’s regional award winner for the Ontario region, for her many years of service and volunteerism. The award was presented at the Ontario CME earlier this month.

Dr. Jolly is a Professor at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her medical degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and completed postgraduate training in Denver, Ottawa, and Halifax. She developed the first Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Treatment Program in Ottawa, opening the door of advanced science to childless couples in eastern Ontario. 

She has been a leader in the community and a dedicated advocate of women's health - developing the first clinical service in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and introducing Contraception and Family Planning Services at the Ottawa General Hospital. She was also an integral part of eastern Ontario's first Perinatal and High Risk Pregnancy Program. In 1986, she developed the first Mature Women's Health Initiative in Ontario and made available essential comprehensive services to menopausal women in a multi-disciplinary fashion.

Dr. Jolly is a well-known educator and opinion leader in her field - often quoted and interviewed by the media. As an educator, she has been recognized by the University of Ottawa, received the Faculty Award of Excellence, and has given over 450 scholarly presentations to her peers and physicians at all levels.

She has an active clinical research program focusing on menopause issues, hormonal therapies, osteoporosis, uterine bleeding and fibroids. She is also a strong advocate for the vital nursing role in patient care and strongly supports nursing research in women's health.

An exemplary physician, a recognized Canadian authority in mature women's health issues, and an advocate for medical education at all levels, Dr. Jolly is committed to Canadian women and their physicians in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. 

Dr. Jolly was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada in 1999, in recognition of her achievements in women's health. In 2000, she received the Reproductive Health Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.

In 2001, she founded the Ottawa Women's Health Council - a group of women leaders in the community, who were instrumental in raising awareness, performing intensive lobbying and fundraising for women's health. The end result of this effort was a combined project with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to create a Women's Health Centre at the Riverside Campus of The Ottawa Hospital.

In 2003, Dr. Jolly was awarded the Consumer Healthcare Education Award of Excellence by the North American Menopause Society, acknowledging her significant contribution towards improving the quality of life of menopausal women. In January, 2005, The Shirley E. Greenberg Women's Health Centre at the Riverside site of The Ottawa Hospital was officially opened. Dr. Jolly is the founder and Medical Director of this unique, integrated Women's Health Centre.

Dr. Jolly represents the best and the most devoted of our profession.  

Congratulations, Elaine.