Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Please join us for the ACS Network Heart Attack Day and share this information with others who may be interested! Click here for full brochure. To register, click here.

Dr. Davinder Jassal has been featured in a recent article in the Fall/Winter 2016 edition of the St Boniface Foundation's magazine "Believe" on Improving Care for Cardiac Patients. Read the article HERE.

Dr. Zlatko Pozeg and the TEVAR team were highlighted in the July/August 2016 edition of the WRHA’s WAVE magazine, for successfully performing a TEVAR (thoracic endovascular aortic repair) on a patient with a dissection of the ascending aorta. This procedure has been performed numerous times on patients with descending aortic dissections, but this was only the second case in the world in which a patient with an ascending aortic dissection was successfully treated with TEVAR. Read more about it by clicking this link: Close To The Heart


Arrhythmia Day is coming Friday, September 30th!

Read all about it HERE.

Spring Newsletter

Click on the image to read the latest issue of Straight from the Heart::


2016 Research Symposium

The 14th Annual Cardiac Sciences Research Symposium was held Wednesday, June 1st in the Samuel N Cohen Auditorium. This year's Guest Speaker was Dr. Samuel V. Lichtenstein, Clinical Professor of Surgery and University Head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of British Columbia. Read all about the day HERE.


The Regional Accreditation Site Visit was April 17 - 22, 2016

Information for Staff can be found in the following documents:

Staff Update #1 - February 29, 2016
Staff Update #2 - March 14, 2016
Staff Update #3 - March 28, 2016
Staff Update #4 - April 11, 2016


Dr. William McIntyre, one of our outstanding cardiology residents, has been the recipient of a number of awards recently:

· In March, he received the 2016 Sanofi / Heart and Stroke Foundation Award in Cardiology. This $10,000 annual prize is presented to a clinical resident who demonstrates academic excellence and pursues additional academic training beyond core cardiology.

· It was announced in March that he was named as Resident of the Month for the month of December 2015. This award is bestowed by PARIM (Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba) on an outstanding resident nominated by one of his/her peers.

Karan Kraft received a Humanitarian Award for Resuscitation at the Heart and Stroke Foundation Annual Celebration held at the beginning of May for an act that helped to save her neighbor’s life. Karan acted swiftly and calmly in November 2014 when a panicked neighbor whose husband had stopped breathing showed up at her door. Karan instructed the wife to call 911 and immediately started CPR. When the paramedics arrived, he was defibrillated and transported to hospital, where he recovered and was able to return home. Congratulations, Karan, on this well-deserved recognition!

Karen Throndson’s collaboration with oncology clinical nurse specialist Darlene Grantham at Health Sciences Centre was highlighted in the May edition of Canadian Nurse. They work together to help oncology patients who develop cardiac complications, often as a result of chemotherapy treatments. These complications can include cardiac ischemia, heart failure and arrhythmias. Not only do Karen & Darlene work directly with patients and families to help them watch for or manage cardiac issues, but they also work to raise awareness among their colleagues about cardiac issues affecting oncology patients.

Dr. Riz Manji (cardiac surgeon) and Jenni Hayward (ICCS nurse) were interviewed on CTV in May 2016 about their work in Africa to help fight rheumatic heart disease. Watch this video to see the interview.


Cardiac Anesthesia
Two Fellows are currently in the Cardiac Anesthesia program; short bios and photos are now added to the Anesthesia Fellows page HERE.

Meet the Cardiology Fellows

There are nine residents in the Cardiology Fellowship Program this year. Click HERE to read a bit about them!

Cardiology Update 2014 For Primary Care Providers

On Friday, September 19th, Family physicians, medical and surgical specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and other allied health professionals who wish to update thier general knowledge of Cardiology are invited to attent this course being held at the Basic Medical Sciences Building at the University of Manitoba. More information can be found HERE.

Cardiac Sciences Career Symposium - Wednesday, September 10th Asper Institute

Let us help you choose a career with the Cardiac Sciences Program. Read all about it HERE.

WHRA Cardiac Sciences Complex Case Rounds

Guidelines for referral for these Rounds held every Wednesday can be found HERE.

Heads Up!

The Heads Up Program was created to provide Cardiac Sciences staff with a mechanism to bring forward issues concerning patient care in the Cardiac Sciences environment. Concerns may include the care or management of an individual patient or may address more general issues in the day-to-day operation of the Cardiac Sciences Program. (more)

Cardiac Sciences Program reviewed in Doctors Care

Doctors Manitoba has embarked on an ambitious project to get a behind-the-scenes look at healthcare services throughout the province. In the first episode, a number of Program staff are interviewed on the growth of the Program and our current world-class capabilities. Please take some time to visit the website and watch the short video HERE.

The WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program recently distinguished itself at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress held in Toronto. The conference, which is held annually, is the largest and most prestigious gathering of multidisciplinary, cardiovascular health professionals in Canada. This year’s Congress featured 42 abstracts from local cardiac clinicians, researchers and trainees, including: 18 oral presentations, 20 posters, workshops and clinical cases. Congratulations to all involved. Click HERE to download a list of all the presentations.

Read the article from the WAVE magazine for July/August show-casing cardiac research at St Boniface Research Centre.


2012 Cardiology Update: Friday, September 28 Basic Medical Sciences Building. This 1-day program will provide an overview of advancements which have been made in the areas of diagnostics, prevention, medical and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease. This program will be of interest to family physicians, medical and surgical specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and other allied health professionals who wish to update their general knowledge of cardiology. For more information and online registration, please go HERE.

The September instalment of St-Boniface Hospital Foundation's Modern Medicine is now available online. The “Heart Pillow Project”, a donor-funded, volunteer run program, which provides heart-shaped chest pillows for all St-Boniface Hospital cardiac patients, is viewable online HERE. While there, be sure to catch up on past episodes!

Summer, 2012:

The Summer, 2012 Cardiac Sciences newsletter "Straight From The Heart" is now available online HERE. Check it out to read articles including "Celebrating one year at the Asper Institute", "Positive Change for CSIU", "Cardiac Anesthesia Profile" and more.

May, 2012

The Lipid Clinic will be relocating from Health Sciences Centre to the Cardiac Sciences Program at St. Boniface Hospital, effective May 22, 2012. Please join us in welcoming Lipid Clinic patients, physicians and staff at their new location in the I.H. Asper Institute. New contact information is: CR3100-369 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6, Tel: (204) 258.1478, Fax: (204) 237.2076.

February, 2012

February is Heart Month!

Want to improve your heart health? Check out the following information and activities:




February 10th, 2012

"Put Your Finger on the Pulse of Nutrition"

St. Boniface Hospital, East Seating Area of the Everett Atrium

Presented by Colleen Rogers,
Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator
St. Boniface Hospital

Learn what pulses are, how to cook with them and how they affect your heart health.

February 28th, 2012

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

St. Boniface Hospital,
East Seating Area of the Everett Atrium

Sponsored by Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses
and Cardiac Sciences Program Nurses

January, 2012:

We have been informed that the "Post Op Cardiac Surgery Nurse Practitioner Clinic - Transition from Hospital to the Community" has been recognized as a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada.

Congratulations to the Nurse Practitioners in Cardiac Sciences for a job well done! Their dedication to their patients and the program has assisted in ensuring safe and improved patient care. The clinic idea was started by Susan Mertin some years back, and Sandra Christie has picked it up and followed through in bringing it to fruition. It is the hard work of the NPs, clinic nurses and clerks that have made this project such a resounding success.

On behalf of the Cardiac Sciences Program, thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication to the cardiac patients of Manitoba.

This Leading Practice will be posted on the Accreditation Canada website so it can be shared with others (

Congratulations to:

Dr. Rakesh Arora, Co-Medical Director of the Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery (ICCS) unit at St. Boniface Hospital was recently awarded the Dr. F.W. DuVal Clinical Research Professorship by the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation and the Manitoba Health Research Council. Dr. Arora will use this award in leading a national effort to identify and reduce post-operative delirium in cardiac surgery patients.

A Patient's Guide to Heart Surgery Video

This 20 minute patient education video gives information on preparing for heart surgery. Clinical experts from various areas (such as nursing, medicine, physiotherapy and pharmacy) made this video based on current practice and the latest evidence. The video includes information about:

How your heart works
Coronary artery bypass grafting
Heart valve surgery
Planning for recovery
What to expect: before your surgery, surgery, after surgery, back at home, healthy lifestyle choices and cardiac rehabilitation

Go HERE to watch it now!

April, 2011: Premier officially opens new Cardiac Sciences Building in I.H. Asper Institute - read all about it HERE

February, 2011: St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg Emergency Medical Services have a heart attack treatment program called “Code STEMI”. The following video clip highlights the advantages of that program.

“Time is muscle” when you’re having a heart attack. The sooner it’s treated, the better! Check out this City-TV segment which shows the life-saving, rapid response system used to treat heart attacks in Winnipeg.

3rd Annual Future of Heart Health Symposium - The WRHA/SBH Cardiac Sciences Program would be delighted to have you join us. Physicians, Nurses, Researchers, Students, Allied Health Professionals and other interested individuals - Please join us for our 3rd Annual Future of Heart Health Symposium. Please download the program PDF HERE featuring this year's distinguished guest speakers and panelists and check out the Future Of Heart Health blog HERE.

Please RSVP to Lenore @ 204.258.1089. Hope to see you there!


2010 Cardiac Sciences Resident Research Symposium

Jay Cohn to deliver 2nd Annual Harold Buchwald Memorial Public Lecture on Heart Health in Winnipeg on Sept. 25th, 2009

To re-focus our emphasis to Prevention and Early Detection of Heart Disease, Dr. Naranjan Dhalla, Executive-Director, named Ivan Berkowitz as the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences "HEART HEALTH SCHOLAR". On July 25/08, we confirmed support from the local Myles Robinson Memorial Heart Trust for long-term financial contribution for our initiatives in Manitoba. We recognized their support by honouring a founder and past president Harold Buchwald and plan to host an annual "Harold Buchwald Memorial Lecture on Heart Health". For the 2nd Annual Harold Buchwald Memorial Lecture, we have invited one of the world's pre-eminent cardiologists Dr. Jay Cohn from the University of Minnesota where he leads The Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. More information on their BLOG:

Construction Updates: The Asper - Bergen Projects March, 2009


The Future of Heart Health 2008 Conference

Bergen Center Construction Project

Heart To Beat Dragonboat Team

HSC STAR Program - Cardiac Special Procedures


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Updated 06/10/17



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