• Portrait of Dr. April Boyd
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Department of Surgery
    GF 546, 820 Sherbrook Street
    Health Sciences Centre
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A1R9

    Phone: 204-787-3343
    Fax: 204-787-3201

Research interests

  • Investigation of the relationship between human abdominal aortic aneurysm tissue pathobiology and computational fluid dynamics to improve prediction of abdominal aortic aneurysm growth and rupture.
  • Investigation of the factors affecting atherosclerotic carotid artery plaque rupture.


  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Carotid occlusive disease
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Research affiliations

  • Vascular surgeon, research scientist, Health Sciences Centre
  • Research groups
  • Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery Research Group

Research summary

Dr. Boyd’s research investigates basic science and engineering factors affecting vascular disease conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease.


Dr. Boyd is a vascular surgeon, surgeon-scientist, and research director at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University. She then obtained her master’s degree and PhD in physiology at the University of Toronto. She also completed her MD, as well as general and vascular surgery training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Boyd joined UM in 2006. She was the first woman president of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery.


  • Fellow (vascular surgery) Royal College of Physicians of Canada (2006)
  • Fellow (general surgery), Royal College of Physicians of Canada (2004)
  • Medical Doctorate, University of Toronto (1999)
  • PhD, University of Toronto (1995)
  • Master of science, University of Toronto (1989)
  • Bachelor of science, Queen’s University (1986)


  • Teacher Recognition and Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) Award (Mentorship - Attending) as selected by the Med III class (2022)
  • Linton Professor of Surgery, New England Vascular Surgery Society (2021)
  • Women’s Leadership Award, Society for Vascular Surgery (2017)
  • Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Award (2016)
  • Thorlakson Paper of the Year (second prize),Journal of Vascular (2015)
  • Gore Research Award (2010, 2014, 2015)

Contact us

Max Rady College of Medicine
AE101-820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada