About Dr. Sean Pierre
Urologist in Ottawa, ON
Dr. Pierre is a community urologist in Ottawa, Ontario. He earned his medical degree at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, and did his urology residency at Queen’s University. He then completed a two-year fellowship at Duke University in minimally invasive urologic surgery (endourology, laparoscopy and robotics).
Dr. Pierre has been involved in many regional and provincial initiatives focusing on using technology and information to make patient care more efficient and comprehensive. He is a consultant on the Ontario eConsult service, and helped develop the Ontario eReferral program and Access to Care Surgical Wait Time Dashboard program. He has been a member of the Physician Advisory Group on informatics at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at that site. He was awarded the Queensway Carleton Hospital Innovation Award in 2015, and has been a Service Champion at that site.
When you visit any healthcare provider, including your urologist, you may notice many non-physicians serving different roles to provide you with quality medical advice and treatment. This group is often referred to as allied health professionals. The trend of integrating these professionals into urologic practices has arisen out of the increasing number of urological patients and the simultaneous limited availability of urologists. These non-physician provider members of the urological healthcare team allow surgeons to focus on more difficult problems and procedures while giving the patient increased personalized attention during their evaluation, diagnostic assessment and management.
Urology staff may consist of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APNs). Another group of healthcare providers are Physician Assistants. The scope of practice for allied health professionals is determined by provincial law. They work closely with their urology colleagues, focusing their attention on early intervention for urological problems, disease prevention and educating and counseling patients about their urological conditions. They also focus on promoting wellness informed decision making for patients and their families. Many urological procedures may be performed by urology staff under the direction of the urologist.