WINCHESTER — Radiologist Dr. Ian Hammond says he remembers his first assignment at WDMH — 20 years ago. Since then, he has been coming to Winchester one or two days a week, in addition to his position at The Ottawa Hospital. Recently, he announced his retirement.
“Patients usually have brief, intense encounters with Radiologists,” he explains. As expert consultants, Radiologists analyze images to diagnose illness, thereby assisting clinicians with appropriate treatment. Dr. Hammond describes himself as a general Radiologist with a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound and bone mineral densitometry.
“I have enjoyed my time in Winchester,” says Dr. Hammond. “It was a welcoming environment from day one. Having worked in a tertiary care hospital most of my career, I am really impressed with the complexity of issues that the family doctors are dealing with at WDMH. Many have practices in the community and also do shifts in Emergency or the OR. It has been a very good experience for me.”
Dr. Hammond also praises the diagnostic imaging team. “In my role, you depend very much on the well-trained technologists that you work with. They take the x-rays or perform the ultrasound scans, and I interpret them. The WDMH team is very keen and well-trained.”
In fact, the WDMH team credits Dr. Hammond for some of its success. “It has been a great privilege to work with Dr. Hammond for so many years,” notes Diagnostic Imaging Team Leader Shirley Rose. “His knowledge, experience and effortless teaching practice with our technologists and students have been greatly appreciated and rewarding. Thanks to his profound understanding and insight, he has been an essential resource with accreditation for both mammography and BMD.”
Dr. Hammond’s retirement comes after a notable career. He served as Chief of Radiology at the former Ottawa General Hospital and Chair of the University of Ottawa Department of Radiology. He also served as a board member of the Ontario Association of Radiologists, president of the Canadian Association of Radiologists, and president of the Canadian Radiological Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Hammond received a Physician Clinician Recognition Award from The Ottawa Hospital in recognition of his outstanding clinical career.
“Kindness, patience and a pleasant demeanor are how most will describe him,” sum up his teammates at WDMH. “We also know him to be a master at crossword puzzles. A few things are certain, Christmas will not be the same without his heavenly chocolates, and his kindness and expertise will be greatly missed!”
WDMH expresses congratulations and best wishes to the retiree.