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Harold Atkins

Ottawa Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Physician

Harold Atkins MD is a physician of the Ottawa Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, a scientist in the Center for Innovative Cancer Research and the medical director of the Regenerative Medicine Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Atkins received his Bachelor of Medical Science degree and Medical Degree from the University of Ottawa followed by a rotating internship year at the Victoria General Hospital in Victoria BC.  Specialty training in Internal Medicine was done at the University of Ottawa.  Clinical and research fellowships in Hematology, Stem Cell Transplantation and Experimental Hematology followed at the University of Washington and at the Ontario Cancer Institute.  

He specializes in hematopoietic  stem cell transplantation and has spearheaded the use of stem cell transplantation for immune repair to treat patients with severe autoimmune diseases of the nervous system focusing on Multiple Sclerosis.   This work was published in the Lancet in 2016.  He is running a clinical trial exploring the role of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in preventing organ transplant rejection.  His laboratory research includes a longstanding and fruitful collaboration with Dr. John Bell developing oncolytic viruses particularly for the treatment of hematological cancers as personalized cancer cell vaccines.  He was awarded the OHRI’s  Dr. Michel Chretien Researcher of the Year in 2016 and the Till and McCulloch Award from the Stem Cell Network in 2017.