Higginson, Lyall

Dr. Lyall Higginson is a clinical cardiologist in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.


Dr. Higginson received his medical degree from McGill University Medical School in 1971. He was certified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Internal Medicine in 1976 and Cardiology in 1977.  Dr. Higginson is a former Director of the Cardiology Division at the Heart Institute and a past president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS).

Dr Higginson is committed to undergraduate and graduate medical education and has been an active professor and mentor throughout his career. He was recognized for his commitment to teaching in 2006 when he received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the CCS

In 2012, Dr. Higginson received both the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Annual Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canada over the course of his career.

Research and clinical interests

Dr. Higginson’s clinical and research interests include treatment of myocardial infarctions and patient outcomes, pharmacological intervention, the Heart Institute’s STEMI program, cardiac rehabilitation, quality of patient care, smoking cessation, and undergraduate and postgraduate education.


Reid RD, Morrin LI, Higginson LA , Wielgosz A, Blanchard C, Beaton LJ, Nelson C, McDonnell L, Oldridge N, Wells GA, Pipe AL.  Motivational counselling for physical activity in patients with coronary artery disease not participating in cardiac rehabilitation.  Eur J Prev Cardioog. 2012 Apr; 19(2):161-6.

Kayaniyil S, Gravely-Witte S, Stewart DE, Higginson L , Suskin N, Alter D, Grace SL. Degree and correlates of patient trust in their cardiologist. J Eval Clin Pract. 2009 Aug;15(4):634-40. Epub 2009 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 19522723; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2972247.

Hayani O, Higginson LA , Toye B, Burwash IG. Man's best friend? Infective endocarditis due to Capnocytophaga canimorsus. Can J Cardiol. 2009 Apr;25(4):e130-2. PubMed PMID: 19340358; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2706773.

Grace SL, Gravely-Witte S, Brual J, Monette G, Suskin N, Higginson L , Alter DA, Stewart DE. Contribution of patient and physician factors to cardiac rehabilitation enrollment: a prospective multilevel study. Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2008 Oct;15(5):548-56. PubMed PMID: 18830085; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2927524.

Gravely-Witte S, Stewart DE, Suskin N, Higginson L, Alter DA, Grace SL.
Cardiologists' charting varied by risk factor, and was often discordant with patient report. J Clin Epidemiol. 2008 Oct;61(10):1073-9. Epub 2008 Apr 14.PubMed PMID: 18411042; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2924367.
Grace SL, Gravely-Witte S, Brual J, Suskin N, Higginson L , Alter D, Stewart DE. Contribution of patient and physician factors to cardiac rehabilitation referral: a prospective multilevel study. Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2008 Oct;5(10):653-62. Epub 2008 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 18542104; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2935488.

Higginson LA . Can we go green too? Can J Cardiol. 2008 Aug;24(8):611-2.English, French. PubMed PMID: 18697282; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2644355.

Mussivand T, Alshaer H, Haddad H, Beanlands DS, Beanlands R, Chan KL, Higginson L , Leenen F, Ruddy TD, Mesana T, Silver MA. Thermal therapy: a viable adjunct in the treatment of heart failure? Congest Heart Fail. 2008 Jul-Aug;14(4):180-6. PubMed PMID: 18772622.

Higginson L . Health Check program. CMAJ. 2008 Apr 22;178(9):1187. PubMed PMID:18427103; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2292757.

Higginson LA . The time bomb of Aboriginal health: can the fuse get any shorter? Can J Cardiol. 2008 Apr;24(4):257-9. English, French. PubMed PMID: 18429358; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2644027.

Higginson LA . Let's stop talking - our patients are waiting. Can J Cardiol.2007 Mar 15;23(4):271-2. English, French. PubMed PMID: 17407851; PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC2647879.

Ross H, Higginson LA , Ferguson A, O'Neill BJ, Kells CM, Cox JL, Sholdice MM. Too many patients, too few cardiologists to care? Can J Cardiol. 2006 Sep;22(11):901-2. PubMed PMID: 17016884; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2570243.

LaHaye, Stephen A [added]. PubMed PMID: 16874141.Knudtson ML, Beanlands R, Brophy JM, Higginson L , Munt B, Rottger J; Canadian Cardiovascular Society Access to Care Working Group. Treating the right patient at the right time: access to specialist consultation and non-invasive testing. Can J Cardiol. 2006 Aug;22(10):819-24. Review. PubMed PMID: 16957798; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC2569014.

Higginson, Lyall

Higginson, Lyall

Higginson, Lyall


Appointments and affiliations

Cardiologist, Division of Cardiology
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa