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Schulich Heart Program Grand Rounds

Hosted by Dr. Dennis Ko, research director of the Schulich Heart Program, Cardiology Virtual Grand Rounds occurs Tuesday mornings at 7:30 to 8:30 EST where speakers from around the world explore the latest research, innovations and clinical advances in cardiology. To join an upcoming talk live, follow the Zoom details below.

This page will be updated with recordings of archived past Grand Rounds as they are made available.

Cardiology Research Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Please contact Dr. Dennis Ko via if you have any comments or questions about our rounds.

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2022 Grand Rounds:

Date Speaker Topic
January 11, 2022

Dr. Javed Butler, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson Mississippi.
Patrick H. Lehan Chair of Cardiovascular Research

HFpEF Update 2022

February 1, 2022

Professor Jan Steffel, MD, FESC FEHRA FHRS
Vice Chairman and Professor of Cardiology,
Senior Consultant in Invasive Electrophysiology and Implantable Cardiac Devices,
University Hospital Zurich

The 2021 EHRA Guide on the Use of NOACs – Focus on Frail and Elderly Patients
February 8, 2022

Dr. Piroze M. Davierwala, MD, MS, MCh, FAHA
Cardiovascular Surgeon and Director,
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery,
Div. of Cardiovascular Surgery Peter Munk Cardiac Center,
Toronto General Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery, UHN Sprott Department of Surgery University of Toronto

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery - An Overview
February 15, 2022

Dr. Brian Bergmark, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Investigator, TIMI Study Group,
Interventional Cardiologist, Chronic Total Occlusion/Complex Coronary Intervention Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Revascularization for Left Main Coronary Artery Disease
February 22, 2022

Dr. Maneesh Sud, MD, FRCPC
PhD Candidate in Clinical Epidemiology, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation,
Associate Cardiologist, Schulich Heart Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
University of Toronto

Using Outcomes Research to Improve the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
March 1, 2022

Dr. Mario F.L. Gaudino, MD, PhD, MSCE, FEBCTS, FACC, FAHA
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medicine

Multiple arterial grafts for coronary bypass surgery
March 8, 2022

Dr. Sean Cai and Dr. Taylor Petropolous
Cardiology Residents, University of Toronto

Quality Improvement Rounds
March 29, 2022

Dr. Martin Myers, MD, FRCPC

Automated Office Blood Pressure: Evolution from an idea to acceptance in national guidelines using the methodology used in new drug development
April 5, 2022

Dr. Michael Hammer, MD
Clinical Fellow, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Diagnostic Imaging in Infective Endocarditis
April 12, 2022

Dr. Ephraim Yeheyis, MD
Cardiac Surgery Fellow, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Post MI Ventricular Septal Rupture (VSD): Case presentation and literature review
April 26, 2022

Dr. Nicholas Bowers, MD
Interventional Cardiology Fellow Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Future directions in structural heart intervention
May 3, 2022

Dr. Tosin Osuntokun, MB, BCh, MRCPI
Clinical Fellow, Women’s College Hospital

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
May 10, 2022

Dr. Umberin Najeeb, MD FCPS (Pak) FRCPC
Staff Internist, Division of General Internal Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
Associate Professor, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Faculty Lead Equity & Co-Director Master Teacher Program, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Creating a Culture of Allyship, Advocacy and Inclusion
May 17, 2022

Dr. Vuyisile T. Nkomo, MD MPH
Professor of Medicine and Consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Director, Valvular Heart Disease Clinic, Division of Structural Heart Disease, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Doppler mean gradient underestimates aortic stenosis severity during atrial fibrillation
May 24, 2022

Dr. Ambika Tejpal and Sameer Kishwaha
Cardiology Residents, University of Toronto

Quality Improvement Rounds
June 7, 2022

Dr. Maria Terricabras Casas, MD
Electrophysiology, Clinical Associate
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

Pulse Electric Field Ablation: Time for a Paradigm Shift?
June 14, 2022

Professor of Medicine and Director
Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials
Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

A Contemporary Simple Risk Score for Prediction of Contrast-Associated Acute Kidney Injury After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: The Mehran-2 CA-AKI Score

2021 Grand Rounds »

Date Speaker Topic
September 14, 2021

Dr. Dennis T. Ko, MD
Research Director, Schulich Heart Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI)
Interventional Cardiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Senior Scientist, ICES and SRI
Professor, Dept. of Medicine and the IHPME, University of Toronto
Jack Tu Chair in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research

Outcomes Research in Interventional Cardiology: Identifying Current Gaps in Knowledge to Improve Future Care

September 21, 2021

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM
Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology),
Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies of Investigative Medicine and of Public Health (Health Policy)
Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)
Yale School of Medicine

medRxiv: Changing norms of communicating medical science
September 28, 2021

Dr. Samuel Siu, MD
Professor of Medicine, Cardiologist
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University

Cardio-Obstetrics: A 'New' Discipline in Cardiology
October 5, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Poon MD
Cardiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Poon will be joined by a University of Toronto Cardiology Fellow

Quality Improvement Rounds
October 19, 2021

Dr. Jagmeet Singh, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Founding Director, Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program

Advances in Electrical Therapies for Heart Failure
October 26, 2021

Dr. Mena Gewarges, MD
Chief cardiology fellow, Sunnybrook Hospital
University of Toronto

Contemporary cardiogenic shock care in Canada: The emergence of novel care pathways to improve patient survival
November 2, 2021

Dr. Fahad Razak, MD, MSc
Internist and Clinician Scientist, St Michael’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Research Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Visiting Scientist, Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies

Using Big Data to Improve the Quality of Hospital Care
November 9, 2021

Dr. Ady Orbach, MD
Division of Cardiology, Sunnybrook Health
Sciences Centre

Cardiac Involvement in Recovered COVID-19 Patients
November 16, 2021

Dr. Chris Tarola, MD, MPH
Cardiac and Aortic Surgeon, Schulich Heart Center, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Current Trends in Aortic Surgery – Bridging Gaps in Patient Surveillance
November 23, 2021

Dr. Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH
Professor of Cardiology, Academic Institute
Jerold B. Katz Investigator, Academic Institute
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness, Department of Cardiology
Co-director, Center for Outcomes Research
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

November 30, 2021

Dr. David Cohen, MD, MSc
Director of Clinical and Outcomes Research,
CRF Clinical Trials Center
Director of Academic Affairs,
St. Francis Hospital

Technology in the Cath Lab: Expensive Toys or Cost-Effective Therapies?
December 7, 2021

Dr. Ritu Thamman
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE)
Board of Directors, American Society of Echocardiography

Life 360 Cardiology 280: Social Media for Cardiologists
December 14, 2021 Dr. Stephanie Poon
Cardiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Poon will be joined by University of Toronto Cardiology Fellows: Dr. Michael Ruiz & Dr. Hirmand Nouraei.
Quality Improvement Rounds