MONTRÉAL, October 24, 2016 – It is during the 2016 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 awards recognizing their outstanding achievements and contribution to Canada’s cardiovascular health and care.
Dr. Ian Burwash is a Cardiologist at the Heart Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Burwash earned his medical degree from Queen’s University in 1985. He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine at Queen’s University, and in Cardiology at Dalhousie University. Following his cardiology training, Dr. Burwash completed a one-year fellowship in echocardiography at Dalhousie University and a two-year fellowship in echocardiography at the University of Washington through the support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr. Burwash is involved in medical education through the Faculty of Medicine at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Ottawa, and involved in the continuing medical education of physicians in general cardiology and echocardiography.
Dr. Kwan-Leung Chan is a Cardiologist at the Ottawa Heart Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Chan earned a BSc, MSc and MD from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. After doing his internship at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, he did residencies in Internal Medicine at the Toronto East General Hospital and at the University of Ottawa. In 1982, he was named Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at the National Defense Medical Centre in Ottawa, and in 1984, he became Chief Resident in Cardiology at the Heart Institute. Dr. Chan’s research interests include valvular heart disease, infective endocarditis and aortic diseases. He has a special interest in the application of ultrasound in the study of cardiac structure and function, and has been actively involved in continuing medical education in this area.
Dr. Terrence Ruddy is Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the Ottawa Heart Institute, and a Professor in the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine and cross-appointed to the Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology. He is the former Head of the Division of Cardiology at the Heart Institute and former Chair and Head of the Division of Nuclear Medicine of The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Ruddy graduated with an MD degree from the University of Toronto, with many awards. He completed his Internship and Residencies in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto, followed by a three-year Clinical and Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Harvard University. His research focuses on the development and validation of imaging techniques using SPECT and PET radiotracers for the diagnosis and evaluation of cardiovascular disease.
“For 40 years, the Heart Institute has worked relentlessly to provide its patients, and their families, with the best care they need and deserve. Drs. Burwash, Chan and Ruddy 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.
Residents from the Heart Institute were also recognized for their outstanding excellence during the 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Dr. Juan Russo received the Canadian Cardiovascular Critical Care Society (CANCARE) Excellence in Cardiac Critical Care Research Award. Dr. Hadi Toeg, our Chief Resident of Cardiac Surgery, was awarded the Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award. Finally, Dr. Fernanda Erthal was among the finalists for the 2016 Trainee Research Award Final – Clinical Science.
University of Ottawa Heart Institute