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Darine El-Chaar, MD, FRCSC, Msc

delchaar@toh.ca

501 Smyth Road
Box 804
Ottawa, ON
K1H 8L6

http://omni.ohri.ca



ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8266-0242

Darine El-Chaar

Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of OB/GYN
University of Ottawa
Staff Physician, Maternal Fetal Medicine
The Ottawa Hospital
Fellowship Program Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
University of Ottawa
Clinical Research Chair, Perinatal Research and Epidemiology
University of Ottawa- Faculty of Medicine

Research Interests

Dr. Darine El-Chaâr is an Early Career Investigator, Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician at TOH, Associate Scientist at OHRI, and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. Dr. El-Chaâr is a co-lead of the COPE Network, which was recently setup in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Darine El-Chaâr is actively involved in maternal fetal medicine research to improve outcomes for fetus and mother in pregnancy. Dr. El-Chaâr’s contributions are mostly involved in maternal health during pregnancy, surveillance and management of pre-term labor, and implications of caesarian delivery.

Brief Biography

Dr. El-Chaâr completed her Obstetrical and Gynecology residency at The University of Ottawa in 2012. She was extensively involved in research projects during her residency at the Ottawa hospital which gathered several achievement awards, publications, national and international presentations. Research initiatives included the risks of obesity on maternal and neonatal obstetrical outcomes and interventions. Her research also explored funding for this project which would help look at the postpartum outcomes in this patient population.

In July of 2014, Dr. Darine El-Chaâr completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship training at the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital. Throughout her training, Darine maintained a keen interest in obstetrical research and its impact on women's health.  

She joined the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at The Ottawa Hospital as of July 2014. She has completed a Masters in clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017. Current research initiatives include maternal health conditions and pregnancy outcomes, Caesarian Delivery by Maternal Request and Provincial outcomes, COVID-19 in pregnancy, Cannabis use in pregnancy, Obesity and Diabetes: maternal and neonatal obstetrical outcomes and interventions.  She has secured funding through CIHR, and has just submitted multiple grants to several grant agencies. 

She is currently the program director for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship.  Dr. El-Chaâr is actively involved in resident and fellow teaching, in addition to continuing development of the residency/fellowship research educational curriculum.  She continues to take part in national and international conferences where she is invited to speak out on maternal and fetal medicine initiatives. Through many platforms, Dr. Darine El-Chaâr is dedicated to provide excellent patient care, and that is what motivates her daily in her research and educational activities.  Making a positive impact on a patient’s care experience is always the main priority in her approach to care.

Selected Publications

Foudil-Bey I, Murphy MS, Keely EJ, El-Chaâr Darine.  Maternal and newborn outcomes of antenatal breastmilk expression: a scoping review protocol.  BMJ Open.  May 12,2020.  2020;10:e033101. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033101  

Corsi D, Walsh L, Weiss D, Hsu H, El-Chaâr Darine, Hawkeen S, Fell D, Walker MC.  Association Between Self-Reported Prenatal Cannabis Use and Maternal, Perinatal, and Neonatal Outcomes. Impact factor 40 JAMA. 2019 Jun 18. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.8734. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31211826 DOI:  10.1001/jama.2019.8734


El-Chaâr Darine
, Manley J, LeBouthillier F, Ryan G, Windrim R.  Development of a High-Fidelity Simulator for Teaching Chorionic Villus Sampling. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2018 Sep;40(9):1178-1181. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc. 2017.10.028. Epub 2018 Jul 18. PMID: 30030058

Berndl A, El-Chaâr Darine, Murphy K, McDonald S. Does cervical ripening at term using a high volume foley catheter result in a lower caesarean section rate than a low volume foley catheter? A systematic review and meta-analysis.  J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2014 Aug; 36(8):678-87. Review. PMID:  25222162 


El-Chaâr Darine
, Finkelstein SA, Tu X, Fell DB, Gaudet L, Sylvain J, Tawagi G, Wen SW, Walker M.  The impact of increasing obesity class on obstetrical outcomes. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2013 Mar; 35(3):224-33.   PMID: 23470110


El-Chaâr Darine
, Yang Q, Gao J, Bottomley J, Leader A, Wen SW, Walker M.  Risk of birth defects increased in pregnancies conceived by assisted human reproduction.  Fertil Steril. 2009 Nov; 92(5):1557-61. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.08.080. Epub 2008 Oct 29.  PMID: 18973885


El-Chaâr Darine
, Gagnon A, Sorisky A.  Inhibition of insulin signaling and adipogenesis by rapamycin: effect on phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase vs eIF4E-BP1.  Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2004 Feb; 28(2):191-8.  PMID: 14970836

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