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Lindy Samson photo of Dr. Samson
Investigator, IDeas Research Unit, CHEO Research Institute
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, CHEO
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
Medical Director, HIV Program CHEO
Steering Committee Member, Canadian Perinatal HIV Surveillance Program
Executive, Canadian Paediatric AIDS Research Group
613-737-7600 Ext. 2651
Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
Dr. Samson’s HIV research focuses on long-term effects of exposure to HIV and antiretrovirals in utero and the long-term management and outcomes of children living with perinatally acquired HIV infection from the biological, psychological and sociological perspectives, including transition to adult care. Her health advocacy research focuses on living in housing and its impact on the health of children, youth and the health care system. In addition, Dr. Samson’s research team is developing and evaluating teaching modules for undergraduate and post-graduate medical students regarding the practice of evidence-based health advocacy in children.
Research Team:
  • Jennifer Bowes
Dr. Lindy Samson is the Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer at CHEO-OCTC. Appointed in April 2016, she is responsible for organizing the activities of the medical staff and for ensuring the quality of clinical care and patient safety. In addition, she is a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases, she holds an academic appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine and is a Clinical investigator at the CHEO Research Institute. Her academic and research work is focused on pediatric HIV, the impact of social on the health of children and youth and teaching/evaluating the Health Advocate and Leadership Roles across the continuum of learners.  She recently co-chaired an interdisciplinary initiative regarding the future health needs of children and youth in our region.
Sample Publications:
Buchan S, Muldoon KA, Spaans JN, Balfour L, Samson L, Walker M, Cameron DW. Increasing Number and Proportion of Adverse Obstetrical Outcomes among Women Living with HIV in the Ottawa Area: A 20-Year Clinical Case Series. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol 2016; 2016:1546365. 
AIDS 2012 Jan 4. [Epub ahead of print] 21-year review of vertical HIV transmission in Canada (1990 to 2010). Forbes JC, Alimenti AM, Singer J, Brophy JC, Bitnun A, Samson LM, Money DM, Lee TC, Lapointe ND, Read SE; the Canadian Pediatric AIDS Research Group (CPARG).
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