2014-2019 Award Winners

  • 2019 Award Winners

    1st prize ($20,000)

    Pietro Di Santo

    Di Santo 

    Pietro Di Santo is a PGY-6 adult cardiology resident at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is co-enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and is completing a PhD in Epidemiology through the University of Ottawa. Dr. Di Santo has a strong interest in clinical research which complements his dedication to clinical medicine.

    Research Project: Direct Oral Anticoagulation Post-Transradial Access for the Prevention of Radial Artery Occlusion

    Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Hibbert

    2nd prize ($15,000)

    Pishoy Gouda


    Pishoy Gouda is a PGY-4 Cardiology resident at the University of Alberta. He completed his medical degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2015 and his Internal Medicine training at the University of Calgary. He has successfully completed his Masters in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has served as the Outreach Lead for the CCS Trainee Committee for the past two years.

    Research Project: An Externally Validated Prediction Tool for Peripheral Arterial Disease in Patient with Documented Coronary Artery Disease

    Mentor: Dr. Robert Welsh


    3rd Prize ($10,000) + Presentation Bonus ($5,000)

    Alice Change



    Dr. Alice Chang is currently a second year Cardiology resident at UBC. She completed Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC before completing her medical school and Internal Medicine residency at UBC. Her research interests include cardiac imaging, AI technology, cardiac obstetrics, and congenital heart disease.

    Research Project: Beyond Atrial Fibrillation: Using Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Imaging to Improve Stroke Risk Assessment and Management

    Mentor: Dr. Teresa Tsang

  • 2018 Award Winners

    1st prize ($20,000)

    Ali Alsagheir MSc, MD

    Cardiac Surgery Resident, McMaster University   

    Ali Alsagheir

    Dr. Alsagheir graduated from medical school in Saudi Arabia in 2010, and in 2014 successfully completed a master’s degree in experimental surgery at the University of Alberta. In 2018, Dr. Alsagheir completed his MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Whitlock. His research interests include perioperative care in cardiac surgery, complex aortic valve replacement, and aortic pathology. Upon completion of his surgical training, he aims to return to Saudi Arabia and work in both clinical and academic settings to establish a research base and contribute to modern scientific literature. With the LIMIT Pilot, his goal is to learn how to run a randomized controlled trial.

    Research Project: Low INR to Minimize bleeding with mechanical valves Trial (LIMIT) Pilot

    Mentor: Dr. Richard P. Whitlock

    2nd prize ($15,000) + Presentation Bonus ($5,000)  

    Jari M. Tuomi PhD, MD

    Adult Cardiology Resident, Western University

    Jari Tuomi 

    Dr. Tuomi is currently PGY4 in Adult Cardiology at Western University after having completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology with Distinction Western University in2011. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2015, followed with an Internal Medicine Residency at Western University completed in 2018. He is currently an Adult Cardiology Resident at Western University.

    Research Project: Ibrutnib, dose dependently, promotes atrial fibrillation in mice by depressing cardiac conduction

    Mentors: Dr. Robert Rose PhD and Dr. Doug Jones PhD

    3rd prize ($10,000)

    Graham McClure MSc, MD

    Vascular Surgery Resident, McMaster University 

    Graham McClure 

    Dr. McClure completed his MSc in Health Research Methodology – Clinical Epidemiology, at McMaster University followed by his MD at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. He is currently a Vascular Surgery Resident at McMaster University.

    Mentor: Dr. Richard P. Whitlock

  • 2017 Award Winners

     1st prize ($20,000) and Presentation Bonus ($10,000)

    Thomas M. Roston, MD

    University of British Columbia


    Thomas Roston is a cardiology trainee at the University of British Columbia, and a PhD student at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the interplay between genetics and arrhythmia.

    Research Project: Cardiac RyAnodine receptor Variants in Early-onset Atrial Fibrillation: The CRAVE-AF Study

    Mentors: Dr. Andrew Krahn and Dr. Zachary Laksman

    2nd prize ($12,500)

    Michael Chiu, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCPC

    University of Calgary


    Michael Chiu is a Cardiology fellow at the University of Calgary. He has a research background in structural biochemistry with research interests in atherosclerosis.

    Research Project: Heat Shock Protein 27: A Potential Biomarker for Atrial Fibrillation

    Mentor: Dr. Edward O'Brien

    3rd prize ($7,500)

    Amine Mazine, MD, MSc

    Cardiac Surgery Resident
    University of Toronto


    Amine Mazine is a Cardiac Surgery resident at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical degree at the University of Montreal School of Medicine. During his time in medical school, he also obtained a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences. Amine’s research supervisor is Dr. Subodh Verma. His clinical research focuses on the postoperative antithrombotic management of patients undergoing bioprosthetic valve replacement. His other interests include complex valvular surgery and congenital heart disease.

    Research Project: A Pilot Echocardiographic and CT Imaging Study to Evaluate Subclinical Leaflet Thrombosis Following Surgical Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve Replacement

    Mentor: Dr. Subodh Verma

  • 2016 Award Winners

    1st prize ($20,000) and Presentation Bonus ($10,000)

    Christopher Cheung, MD

    University of British Columbia


    Christopher Cheung is a Cardiology resident at the University of British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Alberta, and subsequently pursued medical school and an Internal Medicine residency at UBC. He has been involved in research since his undergraduate training, and fondly remembers his days in the physiology lab. Now, his clinical research focus lies in arrhythmia research, including a keen interest in atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrest, and new device and monitoring technologies.

    Chris is also an advocate for trainees, and has served as an active member of the CCS Trainee Committee over the past few years. He has also helped organize Annual Cardiovascular Trainee Day. He has won awards, including the CCSA Have a Heart Bursary and the UBC Dr. A. Dodek Award for clinical and ethical performance in Cardiology. He is very excited to receive the Bayer Vascular Resident Award, and plans to use the funds to carry out his project entitled “SIMPL‑AF.”

    Research Project: Does Intensive Monitoring Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation after Myocardial Infarction?

    2nd prize ($12,500)

    Derrick Tam, BSc, MD, PGY3 Cardiac Surgery

    University of Toronto


    Derrick Tam completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. He then went to Queen’s University School of Medicine for his medical training. He is currently a third-year resident in the Cardiac Surgery Training Program and enrolled as a MSc/PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto through the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program. Derrick’s research supervisor is Dr. Stephen Fremes, and his thesis work will focus on trends and outcomes in transcatheter valve technologies. His other research interests include using big data to improve outcomes in cardiac surgery and economic evaluation of novel cardiac health technologies.

    Research Project: Improving Outcomes in Cardiac Surgery through Reduction in Readmission: A Novel Risk Stratification Tool

    3rd prize ($7,500)

    Tina Zhu, MD, FRCPC, PGY5 Cardiology

    Queen’s University


    Tina Zhu completed both her Bachelor of Science in Immunology and her medical degree at the University of Toronto. She did her Internal Medicine residency at Western University, and is currently completing her fellowship in the Adult Cardiology program at Queen’s University. She will be pursuing further training in echocardiography, and is planning on pursuing a career in an academic centre.

    Research Project: Carotid Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) as a Risk Stratification Tool for Cardiovascular Disease

  • 2015 Award Winners

    1st prize ($20,000) and Presentation Bonus ($10,000)

    William F. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC

    University of Manitoba


    William was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Allison University. He attended Queen’s University for Medical School and Internal Medicine Residency. He is currently in his final year of training in the Adult Cardiology residency program at the University of Manitoba, where he serves as the Chief Resident. In 2016, he will begin a clinical and research fellowship in Electrophysiology at McMaster University. William is an active member of the CCS’s Trainee Committee: he was the lead for the Cardiology Track on the 2015 Trainee Day Planning Committee and chairs the newly formed CCS Trainee Special Projects Committee, which is focused on public advocacy. He also serves as a representative on the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada’s Trainee Committee and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society.

    William’s research interests include atrial fibrillation, syncope and sudden death. He is an author on over 30 peer-reviewed publications. In 2011, he was a recipient of the CCS Academy’s "Have a Heart" Bursary. In 2015, he won the research competition at the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network's inaugural Clinical Trials Workshop and was selected to participate in the American Heart Association’s “TenDay” Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease.

    Upon completion of his Electrophysiology fellowship, Dr. McIntyre aims to obtain an appointment in clinical and academic cardiology at a Canadian University.

    Research Project: Atrial Fibrillation Occurring Transiently with Stress (AFOTS) Understanding the Risks of Subsequent AF and Stroke

    2nd prize ($12,500)

    Saman Rezazadeh, PhD, MD, FRCPC

    University of Calgary


    Saman Rezazadeh completed his PhD in electrophysiology at the University of British Columbia. Following this, he went on to medical school at the University of British Columbia, where he also completed his training in internal medicine. He moved to Calgary in 2014 to pursue training in Cardiology. His current research interest includes development of animal models for congenital arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies. In the future, he is planning to pursue a career as a clinician-scientist.

    Research Project: Automated Reminder to Initiate Oral Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation/Atrial Flutter Discharged Directly From the Emergency Department: REMINDER STUDY


    3rd prize ($7,500)

    Amine Mazine, MD, MSc

    Hadi Toeg, MD, MSc, MPH, PGY5 Cardiac Surgery

    University of Ottawa Heart Institute


    After graduating top of his class in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, Hadi Toeg underwent further post-graduate training at the Neural Regeneration Laboratory at the University of Ottawa, achieving his Masters in Science (Neurobiology/Biochemistry) in less than 1 year. He then attended medical school at University of Ottawa and became involved in both basic science and clinical research in the field of Cardiac Surgery. He is currently the chief Cardiac surgery resident (PGY5) with interests in minimally invasive, heart failure therapies, and cardiac stem cell regenerative therapies. He aspires to undergo further fellowship training in hopes of returning back to Canada as an academic Cardiac Surgeon.

    Research Project: Hybrid Coronary Revascularization in Diabetics (HYCARDS) Randomized

  • 2014 Award Winners

    1st prize ($20,000) and Presentation Bonus ($10,000)

    Guillaume Marquis Gravel, MD, MSc

    Adult Cardiology program
    Université de Montréal

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    Guillaume Marquis Gravel completed his Doctorate in Medicine and his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Montreal. He also completed in parallel a Masters in Biomedical Sciences (Dean’s Honours list), at the Montreal Heart Institute. He authored 7 original contributions published in peer-reviewed journals, including 5 as the first author, and presented 22 abstracts at national and international conferences. His early work revolved around the surgical management of valvular heart diseases, and his most recent research contributions focused on drug-eluting balloons in the treatment of in-stent restenosis, and on the effect of high-intensity interval training in primary prevention. His current research interest revolves around the treatment of peripartum cardiomyopathy, a disease afflicting women generally previously in good health. He and his teammates aim at creating a national prospective research network led by residents from all the Cardiology residency programs across Canada. His goal is to learn and apply innovative trial designs to improve the health of Canadians. In the future, he plans to improve further his knowledge on fundamental biostatistics and programming by acquiring a robust training in clinical research. He is also active in the medical community as an assistant-chief resident, and vice-president of the Montreal Residents Association.

    Research Project: The Bromocriptine in Heart Failure (BRO-HF) Initiative


    2nd prize ($12,500)

    Iqbal H. Jaffer, BA (Hons), MBBS

    McMaster University


    After completing his undergraduate studies at McMaster University, Iqbal went to Brisbane, Australia to study medicine at the University of Queensland. After completing a year-long internship, Iqbal returned to McMaster to begin his cardiac surgery residency which he is currently completing. Concurrently, he is undertaking a PhD in Medical Sciences looking at various strategies to prevent thrombosis on mechanical heart valves.

    Research Project: Prevention of Clotting on Mechanical Heart Valves

    3rd prize ($7,500)

    Abhinav Sharma, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine), ABIM

    Division of Cardiology
    Mazankowski Heart Institute
    University of Alberta


    Abhinav Sharma conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. He went on to Medical School at McMaster University where he also completed his Internal Medicine training. Having decided that he was a romantic and enjoyed fixing broken hearts, he embarked on a career in cardiology. He is currently in his third year of cardiology training at the University of Alberta. He is also currently pursing his Master’s in Translational Science and will be joining the PhD program in the upcoming year. Through his doctorate he will be conducting research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), University of Groningen (Netherlands), and the University of Alberta. Abhinav has won numerous awards and accolades including the National Queen Elizabeth II Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, the Motyl Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, a finalist of the National Western Canadian Falling Walls Competition, and was a previous winner of the Arrhythmia Update resident competition. He plays the violin, enjoys snowboarding, and having grown up in Hong Kong has developed a fondness for red bean based pastries.

    Research Project: In patients with heart failure, does diabetic status influence clinical outcomes?