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

August 23, 2021


Sals Stars of the Week: Nancy Luxa-Le Blanc (introduced by Ross Feldman)

The PA/CA Program in Cardiac Sciences is the backbone of both cardiology and cardiac surgery inpatient and OR care.  The importance of the PA/CA program in patient care, especially on the Cardiology Inpatient units, has grown very significantly over the past 4 years as we more than doubled our complement of PA/CAs. Nancy has been integral in assisting in managing that growth. 

Beyond her full-time role as an OR PA, among other contributions, Nancy has taken the lead in the development of the onboarding program for our new PAs and has been the go-to person in its implementation

Most recently she has taken a very important role in refining the new scheduling system for the PA/Ca’s. That system will be especially important as we begin the onboarding of our newest PAs in the course of the current recruitment effort.  For both all of her past efforts in helping to manage the growth of the CA/PA Program in Cardiac Sciences and her most recent efforts in implementing the new scheduling system, Nancy is a very deserving Sal’s Star. Congratulations Nancy!

Shout Outs

Congratulations to PhD student, Weiang Yan, supervised by Sanjiv Dhingra and Rakesh Arora who was recently named a Paul Dudley White International Scholar by the BCVS division of the American Heart Association for achieving the highest-ranking abstract submitted from Canada for its upcoming international basic cardiovascular sciences conference. 

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Jason G AndradeLaurent MacleAtul VermaMarc W DeyellJean ChampagneMarc DubucPeter Leong-SitPaul NovakJean-Francois RouxJohn SappClarence KhooJacques RizkallahSylvie LevesqueAnthony S L TangPaul KhairyCIRCA-DOSE Study Investigators  Quality of Life and Health Care Utilization in the CIRCA-DOSE Study  JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2020 Aug;6(8):935-944. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2020.04.017.

Weiang YanHellmuth R Muller MoranIvan ZelentsovRachel EikelboomCarly LodewyksJohann StrumpherRakesh C AroraImproving outcomes after low-risk coronary artery bypass grafting: understanding phase of care mortality analysis, failure to rescue and recent perioperative recommendations  Curr Opin Cardiol. 2021 Sep 1;36(5):644-651. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000896.

Christopher P R NolanColette M SeiferRobin A Ducas  Implantable cardioverter defibrillator insertion in a patient with Mustard procedure resulting in phrenic nerve stimulation J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2021 Aug;61(2):427-428. doi: 10.1007/s10840-020-00909-5. Epub 2020 Nov 6.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.