Speakers

Speakers

Dr. Paul Parks – Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address: Alberta's Primary Care Crisis: A Bleak Outlook or an Opportunity to Rebuild?

Dr. Paul Parks is an emergency physician in Medicine Hat. Dr. Parks has a long history of service with the Albert Medical Association, having joined in 2001 during his residency. Beyond that, he has spent over 15 years actively involved in AMA work and is the current AMA President for 2023-24.

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Dr. Marc Benoit

Dr. Marc Benoit graduated from the University of Alberta medical school in 2010. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Alberta. After residency, he completed subspecialty training in advanced echocardiography at the University Of Alberta. He then completed a fellowships in heart rhythm devices at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and heart failure at St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver. Additionally, he is completing a master’s degree in Health Economics, Outcomes & Management from the London School of Economics, London UK. Dr. Benoit’s main clinical interests are heart failure and heart rhythm devices. His academic interests are in processes of care and quality improvement.

 

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Dr. Brad Brochu

Dr. Bradley Brochu is a clinical and interventional cardiologist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and CK Hui Heart Centre. He was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended the University of Alberta for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy with the Alberta College of Pharmacists’ Gold Medal (2010) and his Doctor of Medicine (2014). He remained at the University of Alberta for specialty training in internal medicine (2014-2017) and adult cardiology (2017-2020) earning certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both specialties. He then completed an Area of Focused Competence (Diploma) fellowship in interventional cardiology at McMaster University (2020-2022). In the second year of his fellowship, Dr. Brochu focused on high-risk and chronic total occlusion (CTO) interventions. His clinical interests include managing acute coronary syndromes, complex PCI, CTO PCI and intravascular imaging.

Dr. Brochu also has a passion for medical education. He is in the process of completing a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in Scotland. His educational interests include teaching medical procedures, clinical reasoning and the maintenance of psychological safety in learners.

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Dr. Sarah Chapelsky

Dr. Chapelsky has a B.Sc. (Physiology with Honours) from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. (Physiology) from Queen’s University. She completed medical school and core internal medicine training at the University of Calgary. She developed a special interest in obesity medicine during her general internal medicine training at the University of British Columbia. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Based in Edmonton, she practices obesity medicine full-time. She has a community-based practice at C-endo, and she is the Director of the Women’s Preoperative Weight Loss Clinic at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, which serves patients with obesity and gynecologic cancers. She previously practiced at the Edmonton Adult Bariatric Surgery Clinic. She has a special interest in the management of patients with very high BMI and perioperative weight management for non-bariatric procedures. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, she holds a Diploma in Counseling for Obesity Medicine and she is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

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Dr. Micha Dorsch

Dr. Dorsch completed his undergraduate medical training at the Universities of Cologne and Heidelberg (Germany). He worked at the Sports Medicine Institute, at the University of Heidelberg before moving to England.

He finished his training in Internal Medicine in Sunderland and Brighton. He then moved to the University of Leeds, where he was awarded a PhD in molecular genetics. Subsequently Dr Dorsch trained in General Cardiology at the Leeds General Infirmary. Following this he became the first interventional fellow at the Yorkshire Heart Centre in Leeds before completing his Interventional Cardiology training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

Since 2006 he has worked as a cardiologist at Edmonton Cardiology Consultants and at the CK Hui Heart Centre. His interests include general and interventional cardiology.

More recently he developed the first renal denervation programme (novel technology for the invasive management of resistant hypertension) in Western Canada.

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Dr. Alan Jones

Dr. Alan Jones has been with the Edmonton Cardiology Consultant group since 1999. Originally from Halifax, he trained in Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University and practiced as a General Internist in Fredericton, New Brunswick, before completing training in Cardiology and Echocardiography at the University of Alberta in 1996.

Dr. Jones is a non-invasive Cardiologist with a particular interest in Echocardiography. He is the director of the Echo Lab at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

 

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Dr. Tyler Lamb

Dr. Lamb was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology & Immunology in 2006, and his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2010. He remained at the University of Saskatchewan to complete his Internal Medicine and Cardiology residency training programs, then relocated to Edmonton in 2016 for further clinical fellowship training in Echocardiography. Following his clinical fellowship, Dr. Lamb was granted his ‘Diplomate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’ designation in Adult Echocardiography. Dr. Lamb then completed an echocardiography research fellowship under Dr. Harald Becher, and concurrently completed a Master of Science degree in Translational Medicine. His area of study was ‘Fusion 3D Echocardiography’.

Dr. Lamb joined Edmonton Cardiology Consultants in 2018. He has special interests in 3D, stress and contrast echocardiography. He is also interested in cardiovascular intensive care and medical education.

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Dr. Raymond Leung

Dr Raymond Leung is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in high risk percutaneous coronary interventions at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He is experienced in interventions of chronic coronary total occlusions with special interest in anterograde and retrograde techniques.

After graduating from McGill University Medical School, he has spent the next few years of training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Edmonton. Since then, he spent a year each at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary and the Evanston Hospital in Chicago studying structural and coronary interventions.

His current practice include general clinical cardiology in screening for coronary artery disease performing exercise stress tests and myocardial perfusion studies at Edmonton Cardiology Consultant. He participates in in-patient care and resident education at the Coronary Care Unit at the CK Hui Heart Centre. As a high volume operator at the CK Hui Heart Centre Cardiac Cath Lab, he performs 500 coronary interventions with 100 chronic total occlusions per year. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

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Dr. Evan Lockwood

Dr. Evan Lockwood is a cardiologist specializing in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. His clinical interests include pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of atrial fibrillation, the prevention of sudden cardiac death, as well as cardiac resynchronization therapy for heart failure.

Dr. Lockwood grew up in rural Saskatchewan and obtained his Medical Doctorate (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1999. During this MD, he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship and undertook a year of study at the University of Durham in Durham, England (1995-1996). His training in Internal Medicine (1999-2002) and Adult Cardiology (2002-2005) were undertaken at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He then completed two further years of training with an Electrophysiology Fellowship in Victoria, BC (2005-2007) and an Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Research Fellowship at the Pacific Rim Electrophysiology Research Institute in Los Angeles, California (2007). He has held clinical appointments at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta since 2007.

At the CK Hui Heart Centre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Dr. Lockwood is the Director of the Cardiac Rhythm Device Clinic, Director of ECG & Ambulatory Electrocardiography, and co-Director of the Arrhythmia Clinic. Working with a team of specialized nurses, he has developed rapid referral programs for atrial fibrillation assessment & cardioversion, educational programs for patients and staff, and initiated an Arrhythmia Telemedicine program to facilitate improved patient access.

Dr. Lockwood is a Clinical Professor whose principal academic interest is in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been involved in the clinical skills program and the problem-based learning program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta as a resident and faculty member. He has previously received the A.M. Edwards Award in Medical Education and the Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award. He has previously been the Program Director for the Adult Cardiology residency training program at the University of Alberta and an Associate Program Director. He is the principle teacher for the adult cardiology EP rotation at the Royal Alexandra Hospital as well as one of the instructors in the medical student ECG learning program.

Dr. Lockwood is involved in clinical research at the CK Hui Heart Centre where he sits on the Executive Committee for of the Cardiovascular Research Program. He is currently involved in studies of atrial fibrillation ablation, cyroablation, syncope, heart failure treatment with resynchronization therapy, and the prevention of sudden cardiac death with ICD's.

He has been an active member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society since 2002, with prior roles as the Chair of the Trainee Committee and the Trainee Representative to the Council. He was a member of the Working Group on Standards of Training and Competency and is involved in the annual Canadian Cardiovascular Society Adult Cardiology Trainee Review Program. He also sits on the Strategic Clinical Network Board for Arrhythmia Services in Alberta.

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Dr. Michiko Maruyama

Dr. Michiko Maruyama is the Cardiac Surgery Perioperative Care Physician, Medical Lead of the Cardiac Surgery Ward and Co-Chair of the Cardiac Surgery Virtual Hospital at the University of Alberta. Dr. Maruyama almost completed her cardiac surgery residency training at the U of A. Unfortunately, due to cancer in her leg, she was unable to operate and subsequently switched to family medicine residency at the University of Calgary. After completing her residency training, Dr. Maruyama returned to U of A as a Divisional Member of Cardiac Surgery. She has paved a unique role in perioperative care by integrating her training in family medicine and cardiac surgery. She is also an industrial designer and completed her Masters of Design during her cardiac surgery training. She specialized in educational toy design to teach children about health and wellness. Also in residency, she was awarded with Global Women of Vision and Edmonton's Top 40 under 40.

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Dr. Naheed Rajabali

Dr. Naheed Rajabali is an assistant clinical professor with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He received his training in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Alberta. He primarily works at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, on the acute inpatient ward and consult service, and geriatric medicine emergency department consult service. He had delivered care at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic in collaboration with the Department of Neurology from 2017 to 2022. He is particularly interested in devising approaches to tailoring care across various disease settings, particularly in the perioperative setting, and he also enjoys teaching.

 

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Dr. Keysun Ranjbar

Dr. Keysun A Ranjbar is staff cardiologist at CK Hui Heart Centre and Sturgeon Hospital. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, at Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at University of Alberta. He has fellowships in Interventional Cardiology and also Heart Failure from U of A, and holding American Board of Echocardiography and Level 2 Certification for Cardiac CT from Huston, TX. In clinical practice, Dr. Ranjbar has special interests in managing patients with HOCM, and Syncope.

Dr. Ranjbar is peer reviewer in Interventional Cardiology journals. He has had number of Publications and abstract presentations in Canadian and International cardiology papers and conferences.
He is actively involved in clinical research, and innovations in cardiovascular medicine. He was involved in the only and first Renal Denervation program in Western Canada, in CK Hui Heart Centre.
Dr Ranjbar is currently involved in starting the first Advanced Angina Clinic and EECP therapy in Edmonton at CK Hui Heart Centre.

Dr Ranjbar completed a Master of Science in ”Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences” with Merit at London School of Economy (LSE) in 2019.

In 2019, Dr Ranjbar was awarded by Department of Medicine as “Teacher of the Year” in cardiology subspecialty.

As an innovator, Dr. Ranjbar is currently holding a patent on Percutaneous Mitral Valve Replacement Solution.

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Dr. Roopinder Sandhu

Roopinder K. Sandhu MD, MPH, FHRS, is an Associate Professor of Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiologist in the Department of Cardiology, Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She also holds secondary appointments as a Visiting Associate Professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Associate Adjunct Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta and Visiting Scientist in the Division of Preventive Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

As a clinician scientist, her research focuses on epidemiology and health services research within the field of cardiac electrophysiology, with a particular focus on atrial fibrillation (AF), syncope, and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Dr. Sandhu has received grant support from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network, and National Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Sandhu was co-chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society AF Quality Indicators Working Group and served on the primary writing panel of the CCS AF guidelines. She currently serves as a member on the HRS Research Committee, HRS AF Quality Improvement Committee, HRS Stroke Prevention Task Force, HRS AF Centers of Excellence Working Group and CHRS Research Committee. Dr. Sandhu served as co-chair of the CCS Clinical Practice Update on the Assessment and Management of Syncope and served on the primary writing panel of the ACC/AHA/HRS syncope guidelines.

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Dr. Sudheer Sharma

Dr. Sudheer Sharma is a clinical Cardiologist with clinical interests in 3D echocardiography, cardiac CT, and clinical cardiology. Dr. Sharma has a particular interest in the early detection & treatment of coronary atherosclerosis with the hopes of improving long term outcome. He has an active interest in valvular heart disease.

Dr. Sharma was raised in Edmonton. He completed Medical school at the University of Alberta in 1996. He then went on to Dalhousie University where he completed Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology Fellowship in 2002. He returned to the University of Alberta to complete a Level III Echocardiography Fellowship in 2003. Dr. Sharma pursued advanced training in cardiovascular computed tomography in California. He has also attained level III credentials in Cardiac CT.

Dr. Sharma practiced at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, BC (2003-2008). He was an attending staff Cardiologist performing catheter based diagnostic angiography, transthoracic & transesophageal echocardiography. He served as the Medical Director of the ECG / Holter / Stress Testing Department and Director of the Cardiology Echocardiography Lab.

In 2008, Dr. Sharma returned to Edmonton where he continues as a staff Cardiologist at the CK Hui Heart Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital Campus. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Sharma is actively involved in medical education of medical students, Residents, and Cardiology Fellows. He is an attending physician in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and Cardiology ward service. Dr. Sharma interprets transthoracic & transesophageal echocardiography at the CK Hui Heart Centre. He interprets exercise stress tests, holter, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring & supervises myocardial perfusion studies.

Dr. Sharma serves as the Echocardiography Lab Director at Edmonton Cardiology Consultants & Pulse Air Heart & Lung Centre.