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Annual Canadian Cardiovascular Trainee Day

  1. 1. 5th Annual Canadian Cardiovascular Trainee Day at CCC 2006 Saturday, October 21, 2006 12:00 – 16:30 Vancouver, BC The New Business of Cardiovascular Health Privatization of Medicine and Research The Cardiovascular Trainee Day is supported by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy TARGET AUDIENCE Future cardiovascular specialists and scientists Trainee Day Planning LEARNING OBJECTIVES Committee Graham Wong • Provide a networking opportunity for trainees in both Rob Boone professional and social forums Co-Chairs Bill Ayach • Identify strategies for succeeding as a trainee Yoan Lamarche • Develop practical solutions to challenges of life after training Evan Lockwood The Canadian Cardiovascular Society is the La Société canadienne de cardiologie est le national voice for cardiovascular physicians porte-parole national des médecins et des and scientists in Canada. scientifiques oeuvrant dans le domaine cardiovasculaire.
  2. 2. Program Agenda 12:00 – 12:15 Lunch 12:15 – 12:20 Welcome/ introductions 12:20 – 13:00 SESSION (PLENARY) Industry sponsored clinical research – ”dancing with the devil” Paul Armstrong (Edmonton) 13:00 – 13:10 Refreshment break 13:10 – 13:50 WORKSHOP SET #1 Grooving to the beat as an Adult Cardiology Trainee Dylan Taylor (Edmonton) Paul Novak (Victoria) How to make the cut as a Cardiovascular Surgery Trainee Hughes Jeanmart (Montreal) Richard Weisel (Toronto) 3 SSS: Surviving, Striving, and Succeeding as a Research Trainee Pedro D’Orleans-Juste (Sherbrooke) Bruce McManus (Vancouver) 13:50 – 14:00 Refreshment break 14:00 – 14:40 WORKSHOP SET #2 Getting started in private practice – the first few years Graham Wong (Vancouver) Brett Heilbron (Vancouver) From idea to the clinic – if I knew then what I know now and what you should know Donald Ricci (Vancouver) Simon Pimstone (Vancouver) Abstracts & the “Wow Factor” How to catch the reviewers attention and get your way Todd Anderson (Calgary) Eldon Smith (Calgary) 14:40 – 14:50 Refreshment break 14:50 – 15:30 WORKSHOP SET #3 Getting started in academic medicine – the first few years Rob Welsh (Edmonton) Louis Perrault (Montreal) Grant Applications & the “frontrunner’s dynamic” – what will make the reviewers flabbergasted Peter Liu (Toronto) Gary Lopaschuk (Edmonton) Women in cardiovascular science – finding the right balance Eve Aymong (Vancouver) Cathy Kells (Halifax) 15:30 – 15:40 Refreshment break 15:40 – 16:20 SESSION (PLENARY) “Public Policy and the Private Delivery of Care” Brian Day (Vancouver) 16:20 – 16:30 Closing remarks Register online at
  3. 3. Trainee Day Faculty Todd Anderson – is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and a Scholar of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. His time as a clinician-scientist is divided between interventional cardiology and research focusing on coronary physiology and endothelial function. Paul Armstrong – is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and Director of the Canadian VIGOUR Centre. He is the Director of the TORCH (TOmorrow’s Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals) program, developed by the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. He has received the Research Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Award of Merit from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for contributions to medical research. He also serves as a member on the FDA Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee. E. Aymong - Dr. Aymong received her MD from the University of Toronto in 1993. She completed residency training in Medicine in Toronto and in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Calgary. She then trained in Biostatistics and Clinical Research at Columbia University in New York. She is presently a practicing interventionalist at UBC with interests in cardiac critical care and clinical research. Brian Day - Born in Liverpool, England, Dr. Brian Day graduated in medicine from the University of Manchester in 1970. After postgraduate studies in England, he came to the University of British Columbia for a residency in orthopaedics. In 1978, following a trauma fellowship in Switzerland, England and Los Angeles, he began his medical practice at the Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia. It was there that he developed his interest and expertise in orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy. He has been a part-time associate professor at UBC since 1987, and chaired the resident academic program from 1978-1994. In 1995, Dr. Day founded and became president of Cambie Surgeries Co. and medical director of the Cambie Surgery Centre, a private surgical facility. He has written more than 25 articles and lectured throughout Canada on health policy and economics. A long-time member of the British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA), he has chaired its committee on private billing and is a member of the British Columbia Medical Journal editorial board. He also is a past president and former research committee chair of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Most recently he has been elected the President Elect of the Canadian Medical Association (2006 – 2007). Pedro D’Orleans-Juste - Professor or Pharmacology at the University of Sherbrooke. Has over 200 publications and is one of the most highly sited in Pharmacology. Dr. D’Orleans-Juste laboratory conducts research on molecular pharmacology of the endothelial-derived vascoactive factors (as N.O., ETs, ATs) utilizing genetically modified mice and other animal models of cardiovascular diseases. Register online at
  4. 4. Brett Heilbron - Dr. Heilbron obtained his MD from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1984 and went on to Internal Medicine. He completed his Cardiology training at UBC in 1991, and has had a busy clinical practice since. He is affiliated with St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver (a UBC teaching hospital) where he does diagnostic coronary angiograms, CCU, and general cardiology call. In addition, he has built a successful office practice of cardiology outpatients and reading of ECGs, exercise stress tests and Holter monitoring. More recently, he has developed a keen interest in Cardiac CT, and is currently reading cardiac CT at the busiest private facility in Canada. Hughes Jeanmart - Dr Jeanmart is a graduate of the University of Montreal Cardiac Surgery program. He has recently completed a three-year fellowship in minimally invasive mitral surgery in Aalst (Belgium) under the supervision of Professor Vanerman. He has joined the surgical department at the Montreal Heart Institute in June 2006. Catherine M. Kells - Dr. Kells received her MD from Dalhousie University in 1984. She completed residency training in Medicine and Cardiology at Dalhousie University in 1989. She completed fellowships in Interventional Cardiology at Dalhousie University and Heart Transplantation at Stanford University. She is presently Program Director for Cardiology Training and Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Clinic. Her interests include interventional cardiac catheterization and medical education. Peter Liu - Dr. Liu is a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also the new Scientific Director of ICRH-CIHR and the Director of the Heart and Stroke Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence. He has over 220 publications and has trained at every single level. His research is in cardiac disease and therapy, including myocarditis, myocardial infarction, stem and gene therapy as well as innate immune activation by heart disease. Gary Lopaschuk - Is professor and scientist in the Department of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the University of Alberta. With over 220 publications, he has mentored, undergraduate and graduate students as well as research and clinical fellows. Dr. Lopaschuk’s laboratory focuses on the regulatory pathways involved in energy metabolism in the heart, particularly the integrated regulation of fatty acid oxidation and carbohydrate metabolism in both the normal heart and the reperfused ischemic heart. Gary Lopaschuk, PhD, is also the President and CEO of MMRL.(Metabolic Modulators Research Ltd. Bruce McManus - Dr.McManus is a professor at the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC. Over 260 publications. Dr.McManus has trained many trainees at all levels undergraduate, graduate, post-doctural, fellow, clinical fellows, and much more. Dr.McManus’ lab is investigating myocarditis as well as myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular diseases. The lab is also looking at molecular and genetic signaling in cardiac disease and possible therapeutic intervention. He leads the development and implementation of a national research strategy for addressing outstanding questions related to cardiac, respiratory, vascular, brain (stroke), blood, critical care, and sleep disorders and diseases. Paul Novak – is a past chair of the CCS Trainee Committee and the current Program Director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at the Vancouver Island Arrhythmia Clinic in Victoria. He recently completed his cardiology training at the University of British Columbia and his electrophysiology fellowship at the Montreal Heart Institute. Register online at
  5. 5. Louis Perrault - Dr Perrault is a staff cardiac surgeon at the Montreal Heart Institute and Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology at the University of Montreal. His research interests focus on endothelial function and myocardial protection. He has authored or co-authored over 150 papers as well as numerous book chapters. As a supervisor and teacher for cardiac surgery trainees, he is a model of efficiency, organization and broad-thinking. Simon Pimstone - Dr. Pimstone obtained his MD from the University of Cape Town in 1991 and went on to Internal Medicine training at UBC, and obtained a PhD. Following clinical training he established Xenon Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver. Xenon Pharmaceuticals ( is a leading clinical genetics-based drug discovery and development company engaged in developing small molecule therapeutics based on the genetic causes of select metabolic, neurological and cardiovascular diseases. They have multiple new molecules underdevelopment, including a new antiarrhythmic for potential use in atrial arrhythmias. Donald R. Ricci - Dr. Ricci obtained his MD from UBC in 1972. He went on to Internal Medicine and Cardiology Training at Stanford and Boston, and was self-taught in coronary intervention from 1980 onwards, before interventional training programs existed but, with colleagues, went on to develop such a program locally in the late 1980s. He has spent his career advancing interventional cardiology in Vancouver and has had a multitude of administrative positions at UBC which have included Head of the Division of Cardiology at VGH. He and a colleague designed a novel coronary stent, and went through the process from idea to engineering to market and finally licensing of the patented technology. Eldon Smith - is currently President and Director of the Peter Lougheed Medical Research Foundation and a trustee of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. He is the former Dean of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the current Editor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Dylan Taylor – is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Site Medical Director at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. He is a past Program Director of the Cardiology Residency Training Program and a past Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Examination Board in Adult Cardiology. Richard Weisel - Dr Weisel is Chair of the Cardiac Surgery division at University of Toronto. His research interests focus on cardioprotection and cardiac regeneration. He has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He was and remains a valuable mentor to cardiac surgery residents. Rob Welsh – is an Associate Professor and academic Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. He is Director of the University of Alberta Cardiology Residency Training Program and Co-director of the University of Alberta Chest Pain Program. Graham C. Wong - Dr. Wong obtained his MD from UBC in 1995. He went on to Internal Medicine at UBC and Cardiology Training in McGill. While completing his MPH in Boston, he worked with the TIMI group. He returned to Vancouver in 2002, and has successfully established a busy clinical practice in addition to his position as CCU Director at the Vancouver General Hospital. Register online at