Speakers & Instructors

Dr. Andrew Krahn – Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address: Syncope – the Benign and the Malignant
Workshop: Is QT Prolongation Important in Primary Care? 

Andrew D. Krahn, MD, FRCPC, FHRS

The son of a family physician who worked throughout British Columbia’s small towns from Prince George to Abbotsford, Dr. Krahn is passionate about families in his research and clinical practice. His expertise lies in management of cardiac arrhythmias, and his research interests include investigation of genetic causes of arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest, syncope and implantable arrhythmia devices.

His education has taken him from BC to Manitoba with London, Ontario as the start of his electrophysiology career. After 18 years leading research in a busy heart rhythm clinic he returned to Vancouver, British Columbia in the summer of 2012 to lead the British Columbia Inherited Arrhythmia Program. He is internationally respected for his research in this area and is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. He has many accomplishments; has published 368 papers in peer-reviewed journals, is an Associate Editor for Heart Rhythm, sits on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, and is Vice President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Sauder Family Chair, UBC Chief of Cardiology, the Paul Brunes Chair in Heart Rhythm Disorders and Secretary Treasurer for the Heart Rhythm Society. With his wife and daughter he enjoys skiing, hiking, golf and a good glass of red wine.

Area of Interest
Dr. Krahn’s dual research interests span from collaboration with basic science researchers on gene sequencing to clinical studies of diagnostic test utility to single and multicenter randomized trials evaluating the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of novel interventions in patients with arrhythmia.

His interest in genetic arrhythmias began with the bedside clinical assessment of patients with Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) during exercise testing. This involved description of novel clinical markers of this congenital repolarization syndrome, which was published in Circulation (1997). With the advent of linkage analysis and subsequent DNA sequencing to identify mutations underlying LQTS, he sought a “bedside to bench to bedside” approach, collaborating with several basic science researchers regarding genetic discovery and expression (Am Heart J 2000). This work continues with novel clinical and genetic observations (Circulation A&E 2010, Heart Rhythm 2010, JCE 2010).

Currently Dr. Krahn leads 3 national registries and bio banks:

  1. (CASPER), funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation through 2019, examining genotype-phenotype correlation in patients with suspected inherited arrhythmias. The key contributions arising from this work are the description of QT changes with exercise (Circulation 1997, 2009, 2011), the novel utility of provocative testing in recognizing the cause of unexplained cardiac arrest (Circulation 2005 and 2009, Circulation A&E 2012, Heart Rhythm 2014, Circulation A&E 2016), the novel recognition of early repolarization in idiopathic VF patients in CASPER (JACC 2011) and the description of somatic mutations underlying “lone” atrial fibrillation (NEJM 2006). Recent work has focused on family studies (Circulation A&E 2016) and merits of genetic testing (Circ CV Genetics 2017)
  2. The national ARVC registry and bio bank received $580,000 pilot funding from industry and peer reviewed sources, which has published a design paper on the first 400 patients enrolled (Can J Cardiol 2016), and a paper on ICD performance (Heart Rhythm 2016). Ongoing enrolment is seeking peer reviewed funding with a target of 1500 patients.
  3. The National Long QT registry and bio bank is supported by the Heart and Stroke 3 year grant and CIHR 5 year operating grant to create a nationwide profile of Long QT patients and families, and determine their natural history and optimal management. The registry has enrolled 370 patients. Our most recent observations are QT dynamic changes in eating disorders that suggest a marker for risk of sudden death in patients suffering from anorexia nervosa (Circulation 2016).

The underlying theme of his work has formed a Canadian collaboration for the study of rare heart rhythm conditions in registries and biobanks and led to the formation of the Hearts in Rhythm Organization or HIRO (www.heartsinrhythm.ca) to support researchers, clinicians and patients with their families.

 

Dr. Marc Benoit

Dr. Neil Brass

Dr. Brass is an Associate Clinical Professor at the CK Hui Heart Centre of the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He is the current Co – director of the Regional STEMI Vital Heart Program and Chief of Cardiology at the CK Hui Heart Centre.

He completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 1987 and subsequently went on to receive his Fellowship in Internal Medicine from the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario obtaining his FRCP designation in 1991. Cardiology training was undertaken in Edmonton at the University of Alberta receiving his specialty designation from the Royal College of Medicine. Further specialization in Interventional Cardiology was undertaken with training in Edmonton and Vancouver at the University of British Columbia leading ultimately to recognition as a Fellow in the Society of Angiography and Intervention (FSCAI).

He began working on staff in Interventional and General cardiology at the Royal Alexandra hospital in 1993. He has been the President of the Section of Cardiology for the Alberta Medical Association and sat on numerous local, regional and provincial committees. He is involved in student and resident teaching. Research interests include interventional management of Myocardial Infarction and development of systems of care for rapid triaging and treatment of acute MI, management of other acute coronary syndromes and chronic total coronary occlusions. He is the only interventional cardiologist in Alberta carrying out percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty.

Currently he is the President of Edmonton Cardiology Consultants

 

Dr. Micha Dorsch

Dr. Dorsch completed his undergraduate medical training at the Universities of Cologne and Heidelberg (Germany). He worked at the Sports Medicine Institute, at the University of Heidelberg before moving to England.

He finished his training in Internal Medicine in Sunderland and Brighton. He then moved to the University of Leeds, where he was awarded a PhD in molecular genetics. Subsequently Dr Dorsch trained in General Cardiology at the Leeds General Infirmary. Following this he became the first interventional fellow at the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds before completing his Interventional Cardiology training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

Since 2006 he has worked as a cardiologist at Edmonton Cardiology Consultants and at the CK Hui Heart Centre. His interests include general and interventional cardiology.

More recently he developed the first renal denervation programme (novel technology for the invasive management of resistant hypertension) in Western Canada.

Dr. Ted Fenske

Ted Fenske is a Clinical Professor with the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta, Staff Cardiologist at the C.K. Hui Heart Centre. He has fellowship training in echocardiography and has formerly been the Principal Teaching Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for the Northern Alberta Program. His passion is preventative cardiology demonstrated by his involvement in a number of public forums and by his authorship of While You Quit: A Smoker’s Guide to Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke, © 2009, and While You Diet: The Skinny on Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke, © 2012. Formerly from Vancouver, he is proud to call Edmonton “home” where he lives with his wife, Tanya, and three sons, Oliver, Cameron, and Joel.

 

Dr. Sajad Gulamhusein

Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta. Completed Undergraduate Medicine (1973), Residency in Internal Medicine (1978), Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology (1979), Clinical and Research Fellowship (1981) at the University of Western Ontario, London Ontario.

Dr. Sajad Gulamhusein established an Electrophysiology program in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1981. He moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1986 as Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. Presently, Dr. Gulamhusein is actively practicing cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac pacing and devsice in the Edmonton zone.

Dr. Alan Jones

Dr. Alan Jones has been with the Edmonton Cardiology Consultant group since 1999. Originally from Halifax, he trained in Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University and practiced as a General Internist in Fredericton, New Brunswick, before completing training in Cardiology and Echocardiography at the University of Alberta in 1996.

Dr. Jones is a non-invasive Cardiologist with a particular interest in Echocardiography and is director of the Echo Lab at RAH.

 

Dr. Tyler Lamb

Dr. Lamb was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology & Immunology in 2006, and his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2010. He remained at the University of Saskatchewan to complete his Internal Medicine and Cardiology residency training programs, then relocated to Edmonton in 2016 for further clinical fellowship training in Echocardiography. Following his clinical fellowship, Dr. Lamb was granted his ‘Diplomate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’ designation in Adult Echocardiography. Dr. Lamb then completed an echocardiography research fellowship under Dr. Harald Becher, and concurrently completed a Master of Science degree in Translational Medicine. His area of study was ‘Fusion 3D Echocardiography’.

Dr. Lamb joined Edmonton Cardiology Consultants in 2018. He has special interests in 3D, stress and contrast echocardiography. He is also interested in cardiovascular intensive care and medical education.

Dr. Raymond Leung

Dr. Evan Lockwood

Dr. Evan Lockwood is a cardiologist specializing in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. His clinical interests include pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of atrial fibrillation as well as cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Dr. Lockwood grew up in rural Saskatchewan and obtained his Medical Doctorate (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1999. During this MD, he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship and undertook a year of study at the University of Durham in Durham, England (1995-1996). His training in Internal Medicine (1999-2002) and Adult Cardiology (2002-2005) were undertaken at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He then completed two further years of training with an Electrophysiology Fellowship in Victoria, BC (2005-2007) and an Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Fellowship at the Pacific Rim Electrophysiology Research Institute in Los Angeles, California (2007). He has held clinical appointments at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta since 2007.

Dr. Lockwood’s principal academic interest is in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been involved in the clinical skills program and the problem-based learning program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta as a resident and faculty member. He has previously received the A.M. Edwards Award in Medical Education and the Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award. He is currently an Associate Program Director for the Cardiology Residency Training Program at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Darren Markland

Dr. Jonah Mizzau

Dr. Ken O’Reilly

Dr. Kenneth O’Reilly was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine with Distinction and First Class standing in 1980.

Returning to the University of Saskatchewan in 1990, to complete specialty training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Dr. O’Reilly completed his Cardiology Residency at the University of Alberta Hospital from 1993 – 1995, and completed his fellowship training in Echocardiography in 1996.

Dr. O’Reilly is the Director of the Heart Function Stabilization Clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He specializes in Echocardiography, Invasive Cardiology, and Heart Failure.

Dr. Jeremy Rempel

Dr. Jacques Romney

Dr. Jacques Romney is a clinical professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism within the Department of Medicine, University of Alberta.  He practices general endocrinology with an interest in lipids, and also is interested in process improvement and clinical informatics. He is also currently the Associate Dean of Health Informatics for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD).

Dr. Romney obtained a B.Sc. in biochemistry in 1990, then an M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry in 1992 both at the University of Calgary.  He obtained his MD from the University of Alberta in 1996 and subsequently did his internal medicine and endocrinology training at the University of Alberta, starting as staff physician at the University of Alberta Hospital and FoMD in 2001.

Dr. Arya Sharma

Dr. Arya M. Sharma, MD/PhD, FRCPC is Professor of Medicine & Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also the Clinical Co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Program.

Dr. Sharma is founder and Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network, a network of over 10,000 obesity researchers, health professionals and other stakeholders.

He is also the Past-President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons.

His past appointments include positions as Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at McMaster University (2002-2007), Professor of Medicine at the Franz-Volhard Klinik – Charité, Humboldt University Berlin (2000-2002) and the Free University of Berlin (1994-2000). His research focuses on the evidence-based prevention and management of obesity and its complications.

He has authored and co-authored more than 350 scientific articles and has lectured widely on the etiology and management of obesity and related cardiovascular disorders. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media and maintains a widely read obesity blog at www.drsharma.ca.

Dr. Jeff Winterstein