Heart Institute research excellence recognized at prestigious cardiovascular conference

It is during the 2015 Canadian Cardiovascular congress, the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals in Canada, that three physicians and researchers from the Heart Institute were awarded prestigious prizes recognizing their outstanding achievements and contribution to Canada’s cardiovascular health and care. 

Dr. Rob Beanlands
2015 Research Achievement Award

Dr. Rob Beanlands is the Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He is an international leader in cardiovascular nuclear imaging and the founding Director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s National Cardiac PET Centre, the only PET facility in Canada dedicated to cardiovascular disease. He is a Career Investigator (HSFC) and the Tier 1 Chair in Cardiovascular Research (uOttawa).  Dr. Beanlands has served on several committees and advisory boards for government, industry and professional organizations impacting healthcare policies and practice guidelines and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. 

Dr. Thais Coutinho
2015 Young Investigator Award

A cardiologist, Dr. Coutinho received her MD from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2004. Shortly after, she moved to Rochester, Minnesota, to pursue her training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, advanced Echocardiography, and research at the Mayo Clinic. She has received numerous awards, including the American Heart Association’s Young Investigator and Women in Cardiology Awards, the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award (2ndplace), Mayo Clinic’s Summerskill Award for Research by a Fellow with a Clinical Appointment, and the Mayo Clinic’s Cardiovascular Division Outstanding Achievement Award. 

Dr. Kevin Boczar
Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) Bursary Award.

Dr. Kevin Boczar is a 2nd year Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Ottawa interested in pursuing a career in Cardiology.  He is a formal National-level Ice Dancer, but has spent the last 4 years of his medical training working with the Cardiac Imaging group at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and has funnelled his former competitive drive into academic research pursuits.  He was selected this year by the Canadian Society of Echocardiography for the top research abstract in Canada in the field of Echocardiography amongst Cardiology Fellows and Residents. 

“For almost 40 years, the Heart Institute has worked relentlessly to provide its patients, and their families, with the best care they need and deserve. Drs. Beanlands, Coutinho and Boczar exemplify the unwavering commitment and true devotion that our team shows every day, and are inspiring models to the entire medical and research community. Congratulations!” said Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.


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