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

April 26, 2020

Mitral Rumbles – April 26, 2020

Wednesday April 22, 2020 was Administrative Professionals Day! Thank you to all the Administrative Staff within our program whose contributions to this team don’t go unnoticed. Your hard work and dedication is MUCH appreciated.

Congratulations Irene!

Congratulations to Irene Nazarevich, CRN, on CSIU, on her retirement effective May 1, 2020. Irene has been at St. Boniface Hospital since her graduation from the St. Boniface School of Nursing in 1976. Initially she worked on the Orthopedics Unit for several years, then went back to school and completed her Bachelor of Education Degree in 1995. When she came back to nursing, she discovered Cardiac Sciences to be the area that appealed to her the most, first working as a general duty nurse, and then as a Clinic Resource Nurse on CSIU until her retirement. For that we are immensely grateful! We thank her for all the hard work and dedication to the CSP and wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.

Rakesh Arora and the exec of the CSCCS were the authors of a thoughtful piece in the National Post this week entitled Opinion on COVID-19: An opportunity to re-examine how we provide health care. The link is

Davinder Jassal ably represented the CSP in a national webinar sponsored by the CSE and CCS on The Practice of Echocardiography During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The link is (I found the discussion of the role of POCEC use which can be transferred to PACS and used as the basis of an EPR report especially interesting).


BIG Congratulations to Malek Kass who has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine!

Congratulations to Wei Ang Yan who just got the news he received a CIHR Fellowship Award.

Congratulations to Anna Chudyk (co-supervised by Rakesh Arora) who received a CIHR SPOR Fellowship Award. Link to recent posting in the U of M news.

Publications by our Faculty this Week

Hassan A, Arora RC, Adams C, Bouchard D, Cook R, Gunning D, Lamarche Y, Malas T, Moon M, Ouzounian M, Rao V, Rubens F, Tremblay P, Whitlock R, Moss E, Légaré JF; Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons. Cardiac Surgery in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Guidance Statement From the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons. Can J Cardiol. 2020 Apr 8. pii: S0828-282X(20)30323-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.04.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Manji RA, Arora RC. Commentary: Are serious adverse events inevitable? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Mar 20. pii: S0022-5223(20)30638-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2020.03.036. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Haft JW, Atluri P, Alawadi G, Engelman D, Grant MC, Hassan A, Legare JF, Whitman G, Arora RC; Society of Thoracic Surgeons COVID-19 Taskforce and the Workforce for Adult Cardiac and Vascular Surgery. Adult cardiac surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Tiered Patient Triage Guidance Statement. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Apr 10. pii: S0003-4975(20)30548-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Ducas RA, Harris L, Labos C, Kumar Nair GK, Wald RM, Hickey EJ, Silversides CK. Outcomes in Young Adults with Tetralogy of Fallot and Pulmonary Annular Preserving or Transannular Patch Repairs. Can J Cardiol. 2020 Apr 20. pii: S0828-282X(20)30399-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.04.014. [Epub ahead of print] Konigstein M, Kandzari DE, Smits PC, Love MP, Banai S, Golomb M, Perlman GY, Ozan MO, Liu M, Ben-Yehuda O, Stone GW. Outcomes of Patients With Coronary Arterial Bifurcation Narrowings Undergoing Provisional 1-Stent Treatment (from the BIONICS Trial). Am J Cardiol. 2020 Apr 14. pii: S0002-9149(20)30344-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2020.04.002. [Epub ahead of print]