Research News

June 2016:
The Cardiac Sciences Program held its 14th annual Research Symposium on June 1. Dr. Sam Lichtenstein, Head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at UBC was our guest lecturer. We had a full slate of research presentations, including 17 ePoster presentations and 11 oral presentations. At the end of the day, awards were distributed at a dinner generously sponsored by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

May 2016:
Dr. Pallav Shah has received financial assistance in the amount of $50,000 from the provincial Commercialization Support for Business (CSB) Program, to support his development of aortic annular support technology. Additional support will be provided by the National Research Council of Canada, through its Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The team of Emily Phillips, Lorraine Avery, Christina Kuttnig, Andrea Szwajcer, Cheryl Swanson, and Jo-Ann Sawatzky was successful in their application to the St. Boniface Hospital Nursing Research Endowment Fund for their evidence informed project entitled “The Measurement and Assessment of Vital Signs: A Guide to Nursing Decision Making.” The primary purpose of this project is to establish an evidence-based clinical approach to vital signs standards for patients presenting with an acute coronary syndrome.

April 2016:
Dr. William McIntyre was awarded a 2-year, $120,000 research award from the Canadian Stroke Prevention Network (C-SPIN). He will hold this award during his fellowship at McMaster University in Hamilton, which will begin July 1, 2016.

March 2016:
Dr. Amir Ravandi has received support for his research on blood analysis (looking at oxidized fats as markers to predict heart attach) from the Conrad & Evelyn Wyrzykowski Fund, through the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.

Cardiology Fellowship Program

The University of Manitoba's Postgraduate Core Training in Adult Cardiology is a three year program where the trainee will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the field of Cardiology. The Cardiology Division is primarily located at St. Boniface General Hospital, where interaction with other members of the Department of Cardiac Sciences, including the sections of Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiac ICU, promote a comprehensive approach to the cardiac patient.

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Cardiac Surgery Residency Program

The section of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Manitoba has been fully consolidated to the campus at St. Boniface General Hospital. Cardiac surgery is an integral component of the newly formed Cardiac Sciences Program (est. 2005), which includes cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac anaesthesia, cardiac critical care, and cardiac rehabilitation. This full integration of the care of cardiac patients ensures that cardiac surgical trainees are immersed in topics of interest common to all the cardiac specialties mentioned, and that surgical trainees have opportunity to interact closely with their future colleagues in medicine anaesthesia and critical care.

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Cardiac Anesthesia
Fellowship Program

A twelve-month clinical fellowship in cardiac anesthesia is offered within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) / St. Boniface General Hospital Cardiac Sciences Program. This is a University of Manitoba affiliated program, administered through the Department of Anesthesia. With a caseload of approximately 1300 adult cardiac surgical procedures per year, consisting of all major open heart procedures (including ventricular assist devices) with the exclusion of cardiac transplantation, fellows are exposed to a broad range of cardiac surgical and anesthetic procedures, including extensive experience with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).

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Faculty Abstracts

For a list of publications by the Cardiac Sciences Program faculty past and present at the University of Manitoba, click below to go to our dedicated PubMed online Medline search page:

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For a list of the current month's Rounds and Conferences for Residents and Fellows, please click below to check out the calendar on our main page

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