University of Ottawa


Laurie McLean is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (OTOHNS) at the University of Ottawa in Canada.  Her OTOHNS clinical focus is Endocrine Surgery.  She also practices Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine.  Although her clinical practice is primarily based in Ottawa, Canada, she has also had the great privilege of practicing in and serving the communities of Canada’s Arctic for over two decades.

She completed her Undergraduate degree (BSCH) at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), received her MD from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), completed her OTOHNS postgraduate training at the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada) and primary training in Hyperbaric Medicine at University of South Carolina (USA) and received her diploma in Medical Education from the University of Dundee (Scotland).

Dr. McLean’s experience and work in medical education is vast and extends to all levels of the physician journey–undergraduate (UGME), postgraduate (PGME) and continuing professional development (CPD).  Within OTOHNS, she has been Chair of CPD, Chair of UGME, a member of the PGME training and competency committees, a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) examiner and a longstanding member and Chair of the Canadian Society of OTOHNS UGME Working Group.

She is very active in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.  Her leadership roles have included Clerkship Director, Chair of the Faculty Engagement Team, Director of the Leadership Curriculum, Evaluations Committee, and ePortfolio Coach to name a few.  Her expertise lies in curriculum development and she has helped to develop multiple components of the UGME curriculum both within and outside of OTOHNS.  She is active in curriculum renewal and reform and is a mentor to Rotation Directors across the medical education spectrum.  She is a Discovery Insights Facilitator, coaching participants on leadership and collaboration skills.  She has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and was chosen as a member of the Distinguished Teacher Program and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Medical Society.