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In Memoriam
April 08, 2022

Dr. Joel Marvin Niznick


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved Dr. Joel Niznick, on Friday, April 8, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed by his wife Dr. Barbara Power, their three children, Harrison, Liam and Dr. Naomi Niznick; his siblings Judi Donoff (his twin sister), Sharon Glass (Arnold Glass) and Dr. Gerald Niznick (Reesa Niznick); his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dr. Ellen Power, Mary Power, Edward Power, Dr. P.J. Powers (AnneMarie Tallent) and George Power (Lorraine Vardy); and all his beautiful nieces and nephews.

Joel was born in Fort Frances, Ont., and raised in Winnipeg. He completed his medical school at the University of Manitoba, his internal medicine training in Toronto and his cardiology subspecialty training in Ottawa. Joel was a visionary — his motto was to stay in the present but keep your eye on the future. He led the development of the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre, one of Ontario’s most advanced Cardiology care providers.

Joel was a strong advocate and champion for excellence and continuity in patient care and built leading educational and implementation tools for patients and physicians. Joel was a vital link in building community-academic hospital bridges, and he was a former board member of the Ontario Association of Cardiologists. It was his life’s pleasure and honour to take care of his patients.

Joel’s interests were broad and varied from medicine to red wine, cooking, golf, and travelling, and he had a lifelong passion for music, architecture and design. He embraced each pursuit with depth and enthusiasm. His greatest love was for his family and children, who loved him as a husband, father, brother and friend.

Joel faced his illness with resilience and optimism. The world has lost an extraordinary and admirable man who will be deeply missed. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Drs. John Hilton; Robert McCrae, Vidya Screenivasen; Mark Nassim and Ed Fitzgibbons, and all the staff and especially the nurses at the Rehabilitation Centre and the Medical Oncology ward for their excellent and attentive care.

Memorial donations can be made to Jewish Family Services or the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre Spinal Cord Unit.