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Brian Courtney, MD, FRCPC, MSEE


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-5723
Fax: 416-480-5558

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Administrative Assistant (Clinical): Kathy Tat
Phone: 416-480-5723

Fax: 416-480-5558

Clinical Summary:

Dr. Courtney is an interventional cardiologist. His clinical activities are primarily focused on coronary interventions (angioplasty and stenting) as well as acute cardiac care.

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Administrative Assistant (Research): Kathy Tat
Phone: 416-480-5723
Fax: 416-480-5558


  • B.A.Sc., 1997, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • MSEE, 2000, Stanford University, U.S.
  • MD, 2004, Stanford University, U.S.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Scientist, Physical Sciences, Schulich Heart Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Interventional cardiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Assistant professor, department of medicine, University of Toronto
  • Executive chairman, Conavi Medical Inc.

Research Foci:

  • Image guidance for minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures
  • Medical device development and commercialization
  • Coronary atherosclerosis

Research Summary:

Dr. Courtney develops new medical innovations, with a particular focus on imaging and therapeutic catheters for minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures. His current research projects include:

  • Intracardiac echocardiography catheters and systems that provide 3D imaging of structures in the heart, Doppler capability, 4D imaging (3D + time) and anatomical reconstruction. This technology is being developed to guide a number of procedures such as trans-septal punctures during atrial fibrillation procedures, revascularization of peripheral or central venous occlusion, valve repairs and endovascular aneurysm repair.
  • Hybrid intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography imaging catheters and systems for producing high-resolution cross-sectional images of coronary arteries. This technology is being developed to assess the extent of coronary plaque, identify plaque composition, assist with stent deployment and resolve ambiguities in coronary angiograms.
  • Custom medical devices for patients with unique cardiovascular anatomy who would otherwise go untreated.
  • Preclinical validation of medical devices and cardiovascular procedures in animal models.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

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