No second opinion was required; all the medical experts agreed that the annual Dancing with the Docs fundraising dinner has become one of most entertaining galas in town.
Nine fearless physicians shimmied and shook the night away in the ballroom of the Hilton Lac-Leamy on Saturday night during a dance competition that helped to raise $455.000 for patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital (Canada). Cheering them on was a sold-out crowd of 840 excited spectators, of whom about 70 percent work at The Ottawa Hospital.
Elvis may have left the building but stepping up in his absence was Dr. Ralf Buhrmann, the swing-dancing doctor who took home this year’s magnificent Medicine Ball trophy at the Dancing with the Docs gala for patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital.
The eye physician/surgeon was one of eight local doctors to participate in an exhilarating and entertaining ballroom dance competition at the Hilton Lac-Leamy on Saturday night. He was also the first male doctor to win in the event’s four-year history.
The other dedicated dancing docs were: uOSSC director Vicki LeBlanc; physician radiologist Carole Dennie; Jill Fulcher, a physician in hematology; radiation oncologist Jean-Michel Caudrelier; surgical oncologist Carolyn Nessim; clinician scientist Paul MacPherson; and Judith Nixon, a general practitioner in oncology who injured her hip in rehearsals the night before and did not perform. She hasn’t ruled out a possible return in 2019, though.
The brave physicians tore up the dance floor with their respective partners from Arthur Murray Dance Ottawa while judges marked them on performance, technique, choreography and audience reaction.
A huge audience
Cheering the dancers on was a sold-out audience of more than 800 hospital staff, physicians, patients, friends and family, and sponsors. The $195-a-ticket gala — which has grown wildly popular on the social scene — hit a fundraising high of more than $455.000.