Dr. Puddester is a global expert in physician health and occupational psychiatry. He has provided care, education, and governance expertise to programs, hospitals, and universities and created unique educational resources focused on physician health and sustainability. 

Dr. Puddester is a Past-President of the Canadian Association for Medical Education and is a leader in medical education across the physician life-cycle. Most recently, he was the Special Project Lead for Innovation/Evaluation in the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at uOttawa where he is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. 

Dr. Puddester specializes in paediatric telepsychiatry and provides care to children, youth and families across Ontario. Previously, he was the Director of the Behavioural Neurosciences and Consultation-Liaison team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Dr. Puddester obtained his B.A., B. Med. Sc., and M.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at McMaster University, and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at University of Ottawa. In 2008, he completed a M. Ed. at uOttawa. In 2011, he completed the Graduate Program in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University. In 2017, his studies at Royal Roads continued as he completed the Advanced Coaching Practices Program and also started his MA in Leadership (Health).

Dr. Puddester is the lead editor of the RCPSC's CanMEDS Physician Health Guide and co-author of the RCPSC's Time Management Guide. He also produced Carpe Diem (a physician resiliency documentary), and was the project lead for the international award-winning web resources and

Specialties: Physician health - prevention, mental health/behavioural assessment, treatment, remediation, coaching; Medical Education and Training; Group and Team Coaching; team facilitation; governance and leadership consultation

Selected Honours & Awards

2017 - Workforce Magazine - Gold Medal Optimas Award (Managing Change at the University of Ottawa)

2012 - Ottawa Physician of the Year

2011 - Tourette Society of Canada – Excellence in Innovation/Clinical Care Award

2010 - C.A. Roberts Award for Clinical Leadership – conferred by the Canadian Psychiatric Association 

2010 - International eLearn Association Award of Excellence for

2002 - The Dr. Derek Puddester Resident Well Being Award – Created by the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (now Resident Doctors of Canada) to annually honour an individual who makes significant improvement in the well being of medical trainees. 

1999 - St. Joseph’s Emergency Department Award for Excellence in Emergency Psychiatry, McMaster University

1999 - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outstanding Resident Award

1995 - Prize in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, MUN

1995 - Dr. Robert Salter Compassionate and Competent Patient Care Award, Faculty of Medicine, MUN