Elaine Jolly

Dr. Elaine Elizabeth Jolly

Medical Director, Women’s Health Program, The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Jolly is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa.  She obtained her medical degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and completed postgraduate training in Denver Colorado, Ottawa Ontario, and Halifax Nova Scotia.

She developed the first Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Treatment Program in Ottawa developing the first clinical service in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and introduced Contraception and Family Planning Services at the Ottawa General Hospital. In 1986, she developed the first Mature Women’s Health Initiative in Ontario and made available essential comprehensive services to menopausal women in a multi-disciplinary fashion.

She is a well known educator and opinion leader in her field. She has been recognized by: The University of Ottawa, receiving the Faculty Award of Excellence; The Federation of Medical Women in Canada, receiving the Reproductive Health Award; and by the North American Menopause Society, receiving the Consumer Healthcare Education Award of Excellence in 2002 and the NAMS Community Service Award in 2011.

An exemplary physician, a recognized Canadian authority in mature women’s health issues,  Dr. Jolly is committed to Canadian women and their physicians in the promotion of health and prevention of disease.  On April 14, 1999, she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada, in recognition of her achievements in Women’s Health.

She has been a leader in the community and a dedicated advocate of Women’s Health. In January, 2001, she founded the Ottawa Women’s Health Council, a group of women leaders in the community, who were instrumental in raising awareness, performing intensive lobbying and fundraising for women’s health.  The end result was a combined project with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to create a Women’s Health Centre at the Riverside Campus of The Ottawa Hospital.

In January, 2005, The Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre at the Riverside site of The Ottawa Hospital was officially opened.  Dr. Jolly is the founder and Medical Director of this unique, integrated Women’s Health Centre.

In 2008 at the IMS meeting in Spain, SIGMA/Canadian Menopause Society was founded.  As one of the five founding members, she became the President of this Canadian society up to the present day.

In May 2013, with Dr. Kin Yuen, the first International Menopause Meeting was organized with great success.

Since 2008 there have been many educational activities arising from SIGMA/CMS.