Philip S Wells

Philip Steven Wells is a Canadian Professor of Haematology, researcher and epidemiologist.

His renowned and extensive research works focuses on venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism. He is eponymously associated with the diagnostic risk stratification scores Wells Criteria (2001) for pulmonary embolism, and the Wells DVT Criteria (2003).

Professor Wells is the current Chair and Chief of Medicine at the University of Ottawa/The Ottawa Hospital.


  • Born Kincardine, Canada
  • 1984 – Graduated with MD from the University of Ottawa
  • 1989 – Achieved FRCP Internal Medicine Fellowship from the University of Ottawa
  • 1991 – Achieved FRCP specialisation in haematology at McMaster University
  • 1994 – MSc in clinic epidemiology from McMaster University
  • 2009 – Chair/Chief of the Department of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa

Medical Eponyms

Key Medical Attributions

  • Professor Wells has produced pioneering research in diagnosis, etiology, prevention, treatment, and long-term complications of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the Canada Research Chair in Thromboembolic Disease (2001), the Premier’s Research Excellence award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research career scientist award, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Researcher of the Year (2004), and the ‘J. David Grimes’ Career Researcher Award (2012).
  • He helped to create the Thrombosis Treatment and Assessment Unit at The Ottawa Hospital, providing one of the only around-the-clock thrombosis care units in the world
  • Wells aided in founding the Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trails Organization (VECOTR) to broaden thrombosis research focusing on clinical trials and clinical genetics

Major Publications


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the person behind the name

Doctor in Australia. Keen interest in internal medicine, medical education, and medical history.

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