Speakers & Instructors

Dr. Todd Anderson – Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address: Appropriateness in CV Testing – Choosing Wisely has never been more important
Workshop: Chest Pain and Minimal CAD

Dr. Todd Anderson is a Professor of Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary. He is the former Head of the Department of Cardiac Sciences, and former Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. He has assumed a new role as the Vice Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine.

Dr. Anderson was awarded his medical degree from the University of Calgary in 1985 and then undertook residency training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology in Calgary. He pursued further research training in coronary physiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School and then returned to Calgary. He has been on staff since 1995.

His current research interests include the treatment of dyslipidemia and generation of lipid guidelines, the evaluation of appropriateness in clinical care delivery and the assessment of vascular function in health and disease particularly in women with microvascular angina.

 

Dr. Joel Allen

Dr. Joel Allen is a General Internist with a clinical practise that is almost exclusively Cardiology. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, and spends most of his time in his office in Spruce Grove, as well as the Coronary Care Unit at the Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. He is also the Clinical Director of Cardiology for Dynalife Labs. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, and after graduation, moved to Canada where he worked in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan (pop 500). In 1994, he completed his fellowship training in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta.  His interests are ECGs, non-invasive chest pain assessment and amyloidosis. He is currently immersed in learning to play the drums.

Dr. Marc Benoit

Dr. Marc Benoit graduated from the University of Alberta medical school in 2010. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Alberta. After residency, he completed subspecialty training in advanced echocardiography at the University Of Alberta. He then completed a fellowships in heart rhythm devices at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and heart failure at St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver. Dr. Benoit has recently completed a master’s degree in Health Economics, Outcomes & Management from the London School of Economics, London UK. Dr. Benoit’s main clinical interests are heart failure and heart rhythm devices. His academic interests are in processes of care and quality improvement.

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

 

Rose Carter, Q.C.

Rose Carter has extensive experience in a broad range of litigation and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on administrative law, health law, personal injury mediation, advanced directives, and biotech and life sciences law. She has represented clients at all levels of Court in Alberta, tribunals, various administrative panels and professional regulatory bodies. Rose offers her clients 25 years of legal expertise and is conversant with the Health Professionals Act.

An authority on the issues most pressing for members of the medical community, clients benefit from Rose’s holistic and informed counsel. Rose represents: Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Dentists, Hygienists Nurses, Midwives, Naturopaths, Occupational Therapists, Opticians, optometrists, Paramedics, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Physicians, Surgeons, Osteopaths, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Social workers, Speech-language Pathologies and Audiologists.

In addition to working on matters with health professionals listed above, Rose represents individuals in serious personal injury cases, and in personal injury mediation.

To complement her practice, Rose is an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Rose is a frequent lecturer to Health Care Providers covering all areas of Health Law on such topics as regulation of professions, other administrative law areas, navigating the requirements of medical assistance in dying (MAID) and medical negligence and bioethics issues. She is frequently recognized for the breadth of her understanding of the topics listed above.

Rose has been consistently recommended by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for over a decade, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as one Canada’s leading personal injury litigation lawyers ten times. During her six-year term as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, Rose was very involved in administrative law, dealing with hearings related to lawyers undergoing discipline proceedings before the Law Society and general administration and governance matters for the Law Society of Alberta.

Rose is a Member at Large for the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), she is Chair of the Appeals Committee and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee for MCC. Rose is also member of the Stem Cell Research Committee for the Aga Khan Foundation. Rose also has been a reviewer for the peer-reviewed journal McGill Journal of Law and Health.

Dr. Michael Chan

Dr. Michael Chan is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Staff Cardiologist at the CK Hui Heart Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital, and Co – Director of the Heart Function Stabilization Program. He has fellowship training in general cardiology, cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, cardiac CT, heart failure, and heart transplantation. Dr. Chan also participates in the University of Alberta heart transplant and VAD program. His research interests are in heart failure and cardiac arrest. He lives with his wife and child.

Dr. Po Kee Cheung

Dr. Po Kee Cheung is an interventional cardiologist at the CK Hui Heart Centre. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physician (UK) and the American College of Cardiology. His research interests are alcohol Septal Ablation in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, usage of bioresorbable vascular scaffold in PCI. He is also the Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at the Heart Centre.

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. William Keeble

BMedSci, BM.BS, DM, CCDS, MRCP(UK)
University of Nottingham Medical School UK 1988-93

Bill Keeble is an Associate Clinical Professor working principally at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton and is a member of the cardiac pacemaker implanting groups at the Royal Alexander and Grey Nuns Hospitals. He holds a cross appointment with the University of Alberta.

Subspecialty interests:

Academic Cardiology: Awarded a British Heart Foundation Research Fellowship, Glasgow 1998-2000, Doctorate of Medicine awarded 2005 Nottingham University.

Cardiac Pacemaker Implantation: training Edmonton 2012-14 and Glasgow 2001-05. Heart Rhythm Society exam:- Certified Cardiac Device Specialist 2016

Interventional Cardiology: Consultant Interventional Cardiologist University of Norfolk and Norwich UK 2008, Fellow University of Alberta 2005-08, Glasgow 2001-05

Echocardiography: British Society of Echocardiography, trans-thoracic 2004 and trans-oesophageal 2005 accredited.

Cardiac MRI: Level 2 SCMR accredited 2005, Royal Brompton Hospital, London UK.

Dr. Zaheer Lakhani

Dr. Lakhani is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, with responsibilities as Site Chief for the cardiac programme at the Sturgeon Hospital. He is a graduate of Leeds University school of Medicine, where he was a Clinical lecturer and involved with some of the early British trials in the use of Beta Blockers in post MI patients. On completing his postgraduate training in Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Alberta he spent a year as a Heritage Fund sponsored Research Fellow in Cardiology at the U of A working on post MI strategies to reduce Infarct size, before assuming consultant responsibilities.

Zaheer continues to be involved in CME sessions for Family Doctors locally, and for many years has regularly volunteered as an External Examiner for Medical Schools in East Africa (where he spent a years sabbatical in the late 90’s) as well as an examiner for the MRCP Diploma in the UK. He is an avid Rotarian who was appointed to the Order of Canada for his voluntary work locally and Nationally.

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. Anoop Mathew

Anoop Mathew is currently doing a clinical fellowship in structural heart disease interventions at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton. He completed  an Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the University of Alberta Hospital. His interests include percutaneous valve replacements, patent foramen ovale closure, developing novel therapies to limit myocardial infarction size in patients developing with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and analyzing the efficiency of STEMI care in developing countries. He is currently leading a randomized trial known as the PANACEA trial enrolling patients presenting with STEMI.

Sabina Valentine