By Dr. Ross Feldman,
Medical Lead,
Cardiac Sciences Manitoba

June 29, 2021


A Word About the Sal’s Stars Program and Further Refinements. 

The purpose of the Sal’s Stars program is, on a weekly basis, to recognize individual members (this week is an exception related to the exceptional circumstances through this wave) of the CS community for a recent outstanding contribution. The responsibility for that choice is rotated among the program team managers who choose the awardee from among those people reporting to them.  At this point, I think the Sal’s Stars Program has been a great opportunity to shine a light on exceptional efforts made across the community.  However, as was pointed out to me, this approach excludes from consideration the efforts of those members of the community whose reporting line does not go directly through a CS PTM (e.g., pharmacists, physiotherapists….).  Hence with the next cycle of the Program we will be: i) broadening out the scope of choice for our PTMs to anyone associated with Cardiac Sciences and ii) institute a  “People’s Choice” slot, where the choice is based on nominations made across Cardiac Sciences—especially focusing on those not represented by CS PTMs.  The form is appended to this week’s Rumbles.  The deadline for this cycle’s submission is August 6.  However, any nominations that miss the deadline will be held over for the next cycle.

Sals Stars of the Week: Perfusion Department (introduced by Dalibor Gavranovic)

I would like to recognize the Perfusion department as a whole. They have been adjusting their schedules to accommodate patient needs. Most of them have been working long hours through the 3rd wave of the pandemic due to ECMO and VAD patients, E1’s, and weekend cases. They are supporting the Healthcare teams in education, making sure they have adequate supplies and finding the replacement products. They make sure to communicate and organize with each other to have sufficient staffing.

Congratulations to our Cardiac Surgery residents Dr. Carly Lodewyks and Dr. Ivan Zelentsov on passing the Royal College Exam.

Dr. Carly Lodewyks
Dr. Ivan Zelentsov

Cardiac Sciences was very well-represented among awardees of the Program of Recognition of the Max Rady College of Medicine.

Cameron Eekhoudt MD
Weiang Yan MD

Cameron Eekhoudt – received the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation Poster award for his project titled: Is flaxseed equivalent and/or synergistic with ACE inhibition in the prevention of anthracycline and trastuzumab-mediated cardiotoxicity? Cameron was co-supervised by Dr. Davinder Jassal and Dr. Pawan Singal. Cameron also received Dr. Forough Khadem Memorial Award from the Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association – MSc level.

Weiang Yan – received the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation Poster award for his project titled: MXene Quantum Dots for Immunomodulation and Prevention of Allograft Vasculopathy. Weiang was supervised by Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra.


Congrats to Rakesh Arora on the successful delivery of the 2021 CSCS Spring meeting serving in the dual roles of the President of the society and co-chair of the meeting!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

S A Hirji, R Salenger, E M Boyle, J Williams, V S Reddy, M C Grant, S Chatterjee, A J Gregory, R Arora, D T Engelman Expert Consensus of Data Elements for Collection for Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery    World J Surg . 2021 Apr;45(4):917-925. doi: 10.1007/s00268-021-05964-1. Epub 2021 Jan 31.

B L Houston, D A Fergusson, J Falk, R Ariano, D S Houston, E Krupka, A Blankstein, I Perelman, R H Breau, D I McIsaac, E Rimmer, A Garland, A Tinmouth, R Balshaw, A F Turgeon, E Jacobsohn, E Bohm, R Zarychanski   Variation in prophylactic tranexamic acid administration among anesthesiologists and surgeons in orthopedic surgery: a retrospective cohort study      Can J Anaesth . 2021 Jul;68(7):962-971. doi: 10.1007/s12630-021-01939-x. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

J Andrade, R R J Yao, M W Deyell, N M Hawkins, J Rizkallah, U Jolly, C Khoo, J Raymond, J McKinney, C Cheung, C Steinberg, A Ha, K Ramanathan, C Luong, B Glover, A Verma, L Macle, P Khairy, CIRCA-DOSE Study Investigators   Clinical assessment of AF pattern is poorly correlated with AF burden and post ablation outcomes: A CIRCA-DOSE sub-study    Randomized Controlled Trial J Electrocardiol . May-Jun 2020;60:159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2020.03.008. Epub 2020 Mar 21.

R A Ducas, L Harris, C Labos, G K K Nair, R M Wald, E J Hickey, C K Silversides   Outcomes in Young Adults With Tetralogy of Fallot and Pulmonary Annular Preserving or Transannular Patch Repairs     Can J Cardiol . 2021 Feb;37(2):206-214. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.04.014. Epub 2020 Apr 21

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.