Dr. David Birnie is Staff Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Director of the Arrhythmia Service at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is also Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa.


Dr. David Birnie was appointed Staff Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in May 2002. He was educated in Scotland and received his medical degree (MB ChB) from Glasgow University in 1990. After completion of Internal Medical training at Aberdeen University he gained his MRCP (UK) in 1993. He spent three years as a cardiology research fellow at Glasgow University from 1993 studying the immunology of atherosclerosis and was awarded his PhD equivalent (MD) in 1996. Between 1996 and 2001 he did cardiology training at Glasgow University and received his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Cardiology Training in 2001. In addition he spent a year in 1999-2000 as a Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow at the Ottawa Heart Institute.

Dr Birnie is the Director of the Arrhythmia Service at UOHI. His clinical focus is on all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology including arrhythmia pharmacotherapy and radiofrequency ablation of simple and complex arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation. He also has a major clinical interest in all aspects of implantation and follow-up of device therapy for arrhythmias. This includes pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).

Dr. Birnie has been awarded seven peer-reviewed research grants as Principal Investigator, two from the British Heart Foundation, two each from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and CIHR and one from the Bickell Foundation. To date, he has been involved in over 285 peer-reviewed presentations, publications, and book chapters. He has managed to combine work with his major hobby, serving as cardiologist for the Medical Advisory Committee of the Canadian Soccer Association.