University of Ottawa


Dr. Matthew Bromwich is a full time Surgeon at CHEO and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Ottawa. He is the physician lead for the CHEO innovation program 8-80. Dr. Bromwich is the inventor of several medical devices and holds 5 patents.

In 2005 he founded Clearwater (now SHOEBOX), which now employs over 100 people and develops and distributes medical devices worldwide and was recently acquired.  He aims to democratize access to medical care by delivering innovative and inexpensive solutions. In particular he is the inventor of SHOEBOX which is a globally available hearing testing platform that has reached nearly 2 million people.

Dr. Bromwich has published >30 papers and four book chapters on Otolaryngology and has held more than 12.7 million dollars of grant, research and investment funds. In 2014 he won the national “TELUS Award for mHealth Innovation”. In 2016 he was nominated for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award and he and his team won the 2016 Interface Health Challenge for their work on mobile hearing testing and won the David E Mitchel prize at the 2018 Manning Innovation Awards.