Cardiac Arrhythmia Research

Our research program is very patient focused. In general we have two criteria when considering starting a new project.  Firstly, is there an important clinical research question to be answered?  Secondly, does our group have the necessary experience, skills, resources and collaborations to be able to answer the question?

  1. Cardiac Sarcoidosis Cohort Study (CHASM-CS). Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Pablo Nery.
  2. Correlation of Arrhythmia Mechanism and Substrate to Ablate Persistent Atrial Fibrillation (COAST-AF) pilot study. Principal Investigator:  Dr. Pablo Nery.
  3. Advanced Imaging to Assess the Arrhythmogenic Substrate in Atrial Fibrillation (4AF) Pilot Study. Principal Investigator:  Dr. Pablo Nery
  4. Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Cardiac Implantable Electrical Device Surveillance System (CDSS) – A Pilot Study. Principal Investigator, Dr. Ratika Parkash; Dr. Pablo Nery co-investigator. 

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Nery PB, Ha AC, Keren A, Birnie DH. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction and Right Bundle Branch Block: A Systematic Review.  Heart Rhythm 2011;8:1083-1087.
  2. Nery PB, Leung E, Birnie DH. Arrhythmias in Cardiac Sarcoidosis: Diagnosis and Treatment. Curr Opin Cardiol 2012;27:181-189.
  3. Birnie DH, Parkash R, Exner DV, Essebag V, Healey JS, Verma A, Coutu B, Kus T, Mangat I, Ayala-Paredes F, Nery P, Wells G, Krahn AD. Clinical Predictors of Fidelis Lead Failure: Report from the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Device Committee. Circulation 2012;125:1217-1225.
  4. Nery PB, Keren A, Healey J, Leung E, Beanlands RS, Birnie DH. Isolated Cardiac Sarcoidosis: Establishing the Diagnosis with Electroanatomic Mapping-Guided Endomyocardial Biopsy. Can J Cardiol 2013;29:1015.e1-3.
  5. Sadek M, Yung D, Birnie DH, Beanlands RS, Nery PB. Corticosteroid Therapy for Cardiac Sarcoidosis: A Systematic Review. Can J Cardiol 2013;29:1034-1041.
  6. Mc Ardle BA, Birnie DH, Klein R, de Kemp RA, Leung E, Renaud J, DaSilva J, Wells GA, Beanlands RS, Nery PB. Is there an Association Between Clinical Presentation and the Location And Extent of Myocardial Involvement of Cardiac Sarcoidosis as Assessed by 18F- Fluorodoexyglucose Positron Emission Tomography? Circulation Cardiovasc Imaging 2013;6:617-626.
  7. Nery PB, Mc Ardle BA, Redpath CJ, Leung E, Lemery R, deKemp R, Yang J, Keren A, Beanlands R,  Birnie DH. Prevalence of Cardiac Sarcoidosis in Patients Presenting With Monomorphic Ventricular. Tachycardia. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2014;37:364-74.
  8. Nery PB, Beanlands RS, Nair G, Green M, Yang J, Mc Ardle B, Davis D, Ohira H, Gollob M, Leung E, Healey J, Birnie DH. Atrioventricular Block as the Initial Manifestation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis in Middle-Aged Adults. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol 2014;25(8):875-81.
  9. Lewis KB, Nery PB, Birnie DH. Decision making at the time of ICD generator change: patients' perspectives. JAMA Intern Med 2014;174:1508-11.
  10. Pourdjabbar A, Green MS, Nery PB. ST-Segment Elevation Interpretation on Electrocardiogram: To Cath or Not to Cath? JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Aug 17. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.3989

Current Team members

Manager Clinical Research-Arrhythmia Group/ Project Manager:
Karen MacDonald (

Administration Support:
Ms. Keri O’Reilly (

Research Coordinators:
Tammy Knight (
Sarika Naidoo (

Graduate Student:
Krystina Lewis, RN (

Collaborating Investigators at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute:
Pablo Nery, MD
Girish Nair, MD

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