Our practice

Our goal is to provide our patients with high-quality and timely surgical services within their own community. Our close connection with The Ottawa Hospital allows us to quickly connect patients to specialists in Ottawa when needed.


Team-based practice

In order to improve patient care and expedite wait times, Dr. Carver and Dr. Rekman have initiated a team practice structure in the Office of General Surgery.  

This means that patients are cared for by both General Surgeons. If a surgery or procedure is booked for you today, it may be performed by either Dr. Carver or Dr. Rekman on the day of your procedure. Similarly, if you are admitted to hospital before or after your procedure, both Dr. Carver and Dr. Rekman may be involved in your care.

We would be happy to discuss this with you during your appointment.


In partnership with The Ottawa Hospital

Both Dr. Carver and Rekman also work at The Ottawa Hospital as Acute Care General Surgeons and have academic appointments at the University of Ottawa. This allows us to contribute to innovative surgical research and help train medical students and resident physicians.


Surgical Services

An experienced and dynamic team, that works in collaboration with the health care network.

RVH offers a variety of surgical services including general surgery, gynecology, urology and endoscopy.

The personnel of our service ensure quality care that meets and even exceeds the needs of clients in a safe, caring, friendly and professional atmosphere.


Pre-operative Clinic (Also referred to as PAU)

All elective surgery patients attend a pre-operative clinic on an outpatient basis. The appointment will be with a nurse and could also include a visit with the anesthetist.

The goal of the Clinic is to:

  • better coordinate the patient’s needs
  • review health history and ensure any required tests are completed as necessary
  • provide information and answer questions
  • allow the patient to participate in their plan of care

Please bring all your medications in their original containers to the appointment.

It is very important to follow instructions provided during your pre-op clinic visit for your upcoming surgery. Otherwise, your procedure could be delayed or cancelled.


What we do:

  • Colonoscopy (lower gastrointestinal tract)
  • Gastroscopy (upper gastrointestinal tract)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (evaluates the lower part of the large intestine)

RVH also participates in the Colorectal Screening Program. This screening includes patients with a family history of colon cancer, or a positive FIT test (formerly FOBT).

Please be aware that a Physician referral is required for endoscopy. Referrals can be faxed to our Surgeon’s office at 613-432-5054.


Full-time General Surgeon Job Available

The surgical program at RVH continues to grow and will now be adding an additional full-time general surgeon to our team. This position offers a broad-based community general surgery practice including an established outpatient clinic, endoscopy, as well as ambulatory and inpatient surgery. The successful applicant will also be part of the Division of General Surgery at TOH.

The successful applicant will join two other full-time general surgeon as part of a busy and dynamic team practice. The ability to work well in a team environment is essential. Collaboration with surgical colleagues at TOH will be expected and demonstration of a relevant skillset will be considered an asset. There will be opportunities for resident education and research if desired. Remuneration will be based on the OHIP fee-for-service and a HOCC on-call stipend. The start date of this position is flexible between July 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024. Applications will be accepted until March 12th, 2023 and will be considered on a rolling basis. Suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants must have certification in General Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and must be eligible for licensure as a General Surgeon with The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Create a Practice & Lifestyle that works… for you! For more information about this opportunity or to arrange a visit, please contact: Dr. David Carver, Chief of Surgical Services, RVH; dcarver@toh.ca