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

July 12, 2021


Sals Stars of the Week: Mullein Thorleifson (introduced by Scott MacKenzie)

This week’s Sals Star is Cardiac Anesthesiologist Mullein Thorleifson.

Mullein completed her undergraduate medical training and post graduate training in Anesthesia at the University of Manitoba. In 2015 she undertook a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne Australia. Shortly after returning to Winnipeg in 2016, she was appointed as Fellowship Director for the Cardiac Anesthesia section. Assuming such an important position so early in her career speaks to the confidence that leadership had in her abilities.

She has excelled in this role not only because of her dedication to teaching but also outstanding communication skills and a real desire to make each trainee’s rotation a positive experience. Mullein is an outstanding and compassionate clinician who has the respect of not only the trainees but her anesthesia and surgical colleagues as well. She has passed the National Board of Echocardiography, Advanced PTEeXAM and is actively involved with teaching intraoperative TEE and focused ultrasound training to students and residents. To complement this, she has also obtained the National ACES (Acute Critical Event Simulation) Instructor Course and utilizes these skills teaching both transthoracic and transesophageal echo with the CSP echo simulator.

Mullein is a significant asset to the Cardiac Sciences Program and a future leader in Cardiac Anesthesia. She practices medicine with integrity and empathy while always striving to learn and grow as a physician. All these outstanding qualities make her so deserving of Sals Star of the Week!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

M Kass, H P Grocott, A H Shah Constellation of Stroke, Pulmonary Embolism, and Platypnea Orthodeoxia Syndrome: The Elusive Patent Foramen Ovale  JACC Cardiovasc Interv . 2021 Jun 22;S1936-8798(21)00499-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2021.03.034. Online ahead of print.

C D Pascoe, A Jha, M Hyung Ryu, M Ragheb, J Vaghasiya, S Basu, G L Stelmack, S Srinathan, B Kidane, J Kindrachuk, P M O’Byrne, G M Gauvreau, A Ravandi, C Carlsten, A J Halayko, Canadian Respiratory Research Network  Allergen inhalation generates pro-inflammatory oxidised phosphatidylcholine associated with airway dysfunction   Eur Respir J . 2021 Feb 17;57(2):2000839. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00839-2020. Print 2021 Feb.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.