Category: Publications

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

July 31, 2022


Sal’s Stars of the Week: The Medical Director Team of Cardiac Sciences MB  

(introduced by me!)

From Left to Right: Dr. Scott MacKenzie, Dr. Rakesh Arora, and Dr. Colette Seifer.

The purpose of the Sal’s Stars Program is to identify 1) individuals who have made a difference in the care of cardiac patients 2) focus on a recent event 3) focus on direct patient care.  This week I will use my prerogative as Medical Lead (and author of the rules for the Sal’s Star Program) to break all of them and present, this my last Sal’s Star Award, to my Medical Directors: Colette Seifer, Rakesh Arora and Scott MacKenzie for the support they have provided me over the past 5 years and especially through the initial waves of the COVID pandemic. On a daily basis. I am indebted to this team for their commitment to the cause of cardiac care and to their support of our efforts to bring together the Cardiac Sciences community. However, I am especially grateful for the work they did, on a 24/7 basis, as we reacted to the once-in-a-lifetime event of the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic – working to minimize cardiac morbidity and mortality through those initial shutdowns that happened so quickly in 2020.  The systems they and their teams developed, essentially overnight, were critical in having a coordinated cardiac response to the pandemic.  On a personal basis, they were each individually and as a group a huge support for me as we all muddled through.

Thank you Colette, Rakesh and Scott for all the work you do to support cardiac care…. but today, for the support you have given me in the course of the most tumultuous period in healthcare I have been through– over my almost 50 years in Medicine!

Announcing the formation of the Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Group (PCMG) at St. Boniface Hospital/Cardiac Sciences MB.

There is a wealth of omics capacity currently at St. Boniface Research Centre. With formation of the PCMG we will now be able to offer this resource technologies to cardiovascular investigators at St. Boniface Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre to develop novel diagnostics and therapeutics for patients with cardiovascular disease utilizing lipidomic and metabolomics.  

Core members of PCMG are Amir Ravandi, Ashish Shah, Michel Aliani, Harold Aukema

PCMG support for cardiovascular researchers will include help in:

1) Experimental design: Given the specific needs of implementing cardiovascular omics studies our team will offer assistance in experimental design, sample handling and logistics to ensure successful study.

2) Sample Analysis: Based on the current support the PCMG can offer Mass spectrometric analysis for clinical cardiovascular samples. This will include extraction and mass spectrometric analyses on our three platforms. For non-clinical samples and for cardiovascular investigators outside of St. Boniface Hospital in Manitoba and Canada to offer our services as a fee for service basis designed for cost recovery.

3) Bioinformatic analysis: The PCMG will also offer bioinformatic analysis for the samples analysed.

4) Assist in manuscript preparation: This will also include assistant with generating figures for publications, assistance with manuscript preparation and offer technical expertise.

The PCMG will establish the Cardiac Sciences Program and ICS at St. Boniface Hospital as the leading centre in Canada for cardiovascular lipidomics and metabolomic research. The goal of the PCMG is to  consolidate expertise in several areas of basic research at the ICS with clinical research in the Cardiac Sciences Program at SBH to encourage interaction, discussion and collaboration. The group is also intended to function as a broader resource for the research community in Manitoba offering intellectual and technical expertise on a collaborative basis.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Stephanie P B Caligiuri, Grant N Pierce, Amir Ravandi, Harold M Aukema  The Plasma Oxylipidome Links Smoking Status to Peripheral Artery Disease  Metabolites. 2022 Jul 7;12(7):627. doi: 10.3390/metabo12070627.

Bahadir Simsek, Spyridon Kostantinis, Judit Karacsonyi, Khaldoon Alaswad, Oleg Krestyaninov, Dmitrii Khelimskii, Rhian Davies, Jeremy Rier,  Omer Goktekin, Sevket Gorgulu, Ahmed ElGuindy, Raj H Chandwaney, Mitul Patel, Nidal Abi Rafeh, Dimitrios Karmpaliotis, Amirali Masoumi, Jaikirshan J Khatri, Farouc A Jaffer, Darshan Doshi, Paul B Poommipanit, Bavana V Rangan, Yader Sanvodal, James W Choi, Basem Elbarouni, William Nicholson, Wissam A Jaber, Stephane Rinfret, Michael Koutouzis, Ioannis Tsiafoutis, Robert W Yeh, M Nicholas Burke, Salman Allana, Olga C Mastrodemos, Emmanouil S Brilakis  Predicting Periprocedural Complications in Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: The PROGRESS-CTO Complication Scores JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2022 Jul 25;15(14):1413-1422. doi: 10.1016/j.jcin.2022.06.007.

Michael C Grant, Sylvain A Lother, Daniel T Engelman, Ansar Hassan, Pavan Atluri, Rainer Moosdorf, J Awori Hayanga , HelenMari Merritt-Genore, Subhasis Chatterjee, Michael S Firstenberg, Hitoshi Hirose , Jennifer Higgins, Jean-Francois Legare, Yoan Lamarche, Malek Kass, Samer Mansour, Rakesh C Arora Surgical Triage and Timing for Patients With Coronavirus Disease: A Guidance Statement from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Aug;114(2):387-393. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.05.001. Epub 2022 May 18.

Ariane Marelli, Luc Beauchesne, Jack Colman, Robin Ducas, Jasmine Grewal, Michelle Keir, Paul Khairy, Erwin Oechslin, Judith Therrien, Isabelle F Vonder Muhll, Rachel M Wald, Candice Silversides, David J Barron, Lee Benson, Pierre-Luc Bernier, Eric Horlick, Réda Ibrahim, Giuseppe Martucci, Krishnakumar Nair, Nancy C Poirier, Heather J Ross, Helmut Baumgartner, Curt J Daniels, Michelle Gurvitz, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Adrienne H Kovacs, Christopher J McLeod, Barbara J Mulder, Carole A Warnes, Gary D Webb Canadian Cardiovascular Society 2022 Guidelines for Cardiovascular Interventions in Adults With Congenital Heart Disease Can J Cardiol. 2022 Jul;38(7):862-896. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2022.03.021. Epub 2022 Apr 20.


July 24, 2022


Sal’s Stars of the Week: Trina Toro from NICT

(Introduced by Linda McLean)

Trina is currently a General Duty Cardiology Technologist in NICT who works in the Stress Lab as well as EKG. Trina came to Winnipeg in April of 2014 to work at Seven Oaks then later at HSC. We were fortunate to hire her permanently in December of 2014. Trina exemplifies the many quality dimensions of teamwork. Trina self-initiates assistance wherever she finds a gap and always steps up with a positive demeanor for task assistance no matter what the job at hand is. When we are short staffed, Trina has shifted her schedule to accommodate whatever we can use to ensure staffing levels with a pleasant helpful attitude. In addition, when there are staffing deficiencies Trina stays late or arrives early to assist with the workload so that her co-workers do not have to work alone. 

When providing orientation in Stress Lab to colleagues or students she is detail oriented, takes time  and provides complete explanations and background making her a sought out mentor in this area. Whenever Trina finds herself questioning a process or determining the correct action or strategy to follow, she seeks clarification from appropriate sources and then coaches out the resulting information to improve practices in the department. Trina challenges herself to always pursue excellence and provide the best care possible to all of her patients. When faced with intimidating circumstances Trina uses a logical approach and advocates for her patients, looks to use Team Stepps and enhance her communication and faces challenges with courage and optimism. She continues to challenge herself to grow as a technologist and as a person.

Trina has served her fellow Cardiology Technologists in the role of the MACT treasurer over multiple terms, and kindly offered to stay involved to mentor the incoming rookie in order to preserve and pass on the knowledge she has gained in the new systems that have been implemented during her tenure. Trina has guided the MACT Board of Directors for timelines and policy review and updates throughout her service and is appreciated by the board for her expertise. She maintains contact with the provincial technologists and administers the accounts and financial statements for the Association. She is humble and unassuming with a kind heart and generous spirit and one of the many terrific techs in the NICT department who deserve this recognition.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Nebojša Oravec, Mackenzie A M King, Tyler Spencer, Rachel Eikelboom, David Kent, Kristin Reynolds, Renée El-Gabalawy, Anna M Chudyk, Colleen Metge, Alexandra Cornick, Rohan M Sanjanwala, Erika Lee, Brett Hiebert, Kristina Nugent, Mudra G Dave, Todd A Duhamel, Rakesh C Arora Barriers to successful discharge after cardiac surgery: A focus group study and cross-sectional survey  Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Jul 13;S1043-0679(22)00152-6. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2022.07.003. Online ahead of print.

Martin R Cowie, Ricardo Mourilhe-Rocha, Hung-Yu Chang, Maurizio Volterrani , Ha Ngoc Ban, Denilson Campos de Albuquerque, Edward Chung, Cândida Fonseca, Yuri Lopatin, José Antonio Magaña Serrano, Lilyana Mircheva, Gustavo Adolfo Moncada-Paz, Zurab Pagava, Eugenio B Reyes, Clara Saldarriaga, Pedro Schwartzmann, David Sim Kheng Leng, Marcelo Trivi, Yoto Trifonov Yotov, Shelley Zieroth, OPTIMIZE Heart Failure Care program coordinators The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on heart failure management: Global experience of the OPTIMIZE Heart Failure Care network  Int J Cardiol. 2022 Sep 15;363:240-246. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2022.06.022. Epub 2022 Jun 22.


July 18, 2022


Sal’s Stars of the Week: Adrian Eisma

(Introduced by Chris Kuttnig)

Today’s Sals Star of the Week is ACCU & CCRT critical care educator Adrian Eisma.  Following the completion of his Bachelor of Nursing from U of M in 2008 he took a position on the Cardiac Surgery Inpatient Unit following his senior practicum there.  From there he continued to round out his cardiac experience and expertise by taking the ICU course in 2012, working in ICCS and then the Heart Cath lab until 2021.  He joined ACCU & CCRT as the clinical educator in November of 2021.

Adrian has been an invaluable addition to the ACCU and CCRT team.  Not only does he bring a wealth of cardiac and critical care knowledge but also a keen eye to patient safety and quality improvements.  He has been an integral part of the critical educator group that launched the new Sharepoint Critical Care resource page – amazing work.

Adrian is always readily available to pitch in on the unit.  Although he has an office away from ACCU, he spends most of his time in ACCU to be available to the staff and lend a helping hand.  This past week was an example of his strong sense of teamwork and support – without his help ACCU could not have assisted Y2 in the recovery of TAVIs and performing a pericardiocentesis all the while orientating and supporting new staff.  He never hesitates when the unit is short and acuity is high to take a patient assignment, help with admissions, be in charge or help with bed management.  Thank you and congrats Adrian.

Adrian Eisma, ACCU & CCRT Critical Care Educator

Shout Out!

Congratulations to Hilary Bews for being awarded the Donald Peters Award. 

Hilary Bews, this year’s recipient of the Donald Peters Cardiac Sciences Award.

Donald John Peters became a member of the Department of Anesthesia at St. Boniface General Hospital in 1972 and was involved in the care of cardiac patients for over 30 years before his retirement in 2008. He was honored with the Canadian Anesthetists Society highest award for excellence in clinical work in 2005. He has also been involved with Medical Ministries International for many years. Medical Ministries is an international organization that prides itself in providing spiritual and medical care to the world’s poor. Donald and his wife Margaret have traveled to many third world countries to help those less fortunate. He has always practiced with personal integrity, compassion, and a true dedication to patient needs.

The Donald Peters Cardiac Sciences Award was created in 2008 to establish a legacy that honors his outstanding contributions to cardiac patients and the personal integrity that defined his care of those patients. These are qualities we all agree are critically important to instill in our young trainees.

This award is eligible to all trainees in the Cardiac Sciences Program and is awarded annually in May to the trainee who best demonstrates  integrity, compassion, and dedication to the care of patients as individuals. The award also recognizes high standards of character, conduct, leadership, and the promotion of those qualities in others. We are very pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Hilary Bews.

Hilary completed a BSc (Honours) degree in biochemistry at The University of Winnipeg with a special interest in environmental and analytical chemistry.   She then completed both medical school and internal medicine at the University of Manitoba, where she served as one of the Chief Medical Residents while in the internal medicine program.  She is currently in her PGY5 year and served as Co-Associate Chief Resident.

Her interests within cardiology include cardiac imaging, heart failure, and palliative cardiology.  Hilary is extremely well rounded, well liked, and respected by all her peers.  Her compassion, dedication to her patients, and warm, engaging style with staff, patients and families have not gone unnoticed.   Congratulations Hilary on this well-deserved recognition.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Morten H Møller, Waleed Alhazzani, Kimberley Lewis, Emilie Belley-Cote, Anders Granholm, John Centofanti, William B McIntyre, Jessica Spence, Zainab Al Duhailib, Dale M Needham, Laura Evans, Annika Reintam Blaser, Margaret A Pisani, Frederick D’Aragon, Manu Shankar-Hari, Mohammed Alshahrani, Giuseppe Citerio , Rakesh C Arora, Sangeeta Mehta, Timothy D Girard , Otavio T Ranzani , Naomi Hammond , John W Devlin , Yahya Shehabi , Pratik Pandharipande, Marlies Ostermann Use of dexmedetomidine for sedation in mechanically ventilated adult ICU patients: a rapid practice guideline  Intensive Care Med. 2022 Jul;48(7):801-810. doi: 10.1007/s00134-022-06660-x. Epub 2022 May 19


July 11, 2022


Sal’s Stars of the Week:   Cardiac Surgery Perioperative Team

(Introduced by Rakesh Arora)

For my final announcement for the SALS Star of the Week Award, I am going to take a little artist license and acknowledge the entire cardiac surgery perioperative team.  I have had the privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with an incredibly dedicated, engaged and caring group for the past 16 years. I would like to personal thank and congratulate the members of our team in the Access Office, Perfusion, CR1 clinics, CSIU and ICCS (sorry I don’t have pictures of everyone).

Working with a team that is generally committed in doing the right things for excellent patient care every single day has resulted in the best in country CIHI results over the past decade. Furthermore, while perhaps not adequately acknowledged outside of our group, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone on your immediate willingness to step-up, respond and adapt in immensely challenging circumstances over the past 2 years. This speaks volumes to the skill and grit of a truly remarkable group of people with whom I have honour to work.

In addition, I would like to acknowledge Ms. Terri Hillier who, for some unknown reason, has chosen to stick with me over the past 6 years despite the craziness of my administrative duties. I thank you for all your diligence and more importantly, your patience with me over the years.

Words can not adequately express my deep gratitude to you all, but I thank all of you for all the fun during my time here in Winnipeg.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

James O Burton, Andrew Js Coats, Csaba P Kovesdy, Biff F Palmer , Ileana L Piña, Giuseppe Rosano, Manish M Sood, Shelley Zieroth An international Delphi consensus regarding best practice recommendations for hyperkalaemia across the cardiorenal spectrum  Eur J Heart Fail. 2022 Jul 5. doi: 10.1002/ejhf.2612. Online ahead of print.


July 03, 2022


Shout Out!

Congratulations and best wishes to Kathy van der Vis on her retirement after 33 years with Cardiology.   Thank you Kathy for your outstanding service.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Martin R Cowie, Ricardo Mourilhe-Rocha, Hung-Yu Chang, Maurizio Volterrani, Ha Ngoc Ban, Denilson Campos de Albuquerque, Edward Chung, Cândida Fonseca, Yuri Lopatin, José Antonio Magaña Serrano, Lilyana Mircheva, Gustavo Adolfo Moncada-Paz, Zurab Pagava, Eugenio B Reyes, Clara Saldarriaga, Pedro Schwartzmann, David Sim Kheng Leng, Marcelo Trivi, Yoto Trifonov Yotov, Shelley Zieroth, OPTIMIZE Heart Failure Care program coordinators The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on heart failure management: Global experience of the OPTIMIZE heart failure care network  Int J Cardiol. 2022 Jun 21;S0167-5273(22)00922-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2022.06.022. Online ahead of print.

Paloma Jordà, Laurens P Bosman, Alessio Gasperetti, Andrea Mazzanti, Jean Baptiste Gourraud, Brianna Davies, Tanja Charlotte Frederiksen , Zoraida Moreno Weidmann , Andrea Di Marco , Jason D Roberts , Ciorsti MacIntyre , Colette Seifer, Antoine Delinière, Wael Alqarawi, Deni Kukavica, Damien Minois, Alessandro Trancuccio, Marine Arnaud, Mattia Targetti, Annamaria Martino, Giada Oliviero, Daniel C Pipilas, Corrado Carbucicchio, Paolo Compagnucci, Antonio Dello Russo, Iacopo Olivotto, Leonardo Calò, Steven A Lubitz, Michael J Cutler , Philippe Chevalier, Elena Arbelo , Silvia Giuliana Priori, Jeffrey S Healey  Hugh Calkins, Michela Casella, Henrik Kjærulf Jensen , Claudio Tondo, Rafik Tadros, Cynthia A James , Andrew D Krahn, Julia Cadrin-Tourigny   Arrhythmic risk prediction in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: external validation of the arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy risk calculator Eur Heart J. 2022 Jun 29;ehac289. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehac289. Online ahead of print.


June 26, 2022


Sal’s Star of the Week: Critical Care Nursing Educators – Shelley Dolbeck, Laura Ross, Elson Alvarez    

(Introduced by Sarah Gilchrist)

This week we are recognizing the Educators in the Critical Care Nursing Orientation Program –  Shelley Dolbeck, Laura Ross and Elson Alvarez.  This group plays a pivotal role in the recruitment and onboarding of our ICU nurses joining all three Critical Care Units at St. Boniface.  

Shelley, Laura and Elson are often the first contacts for nurses joining Critical Care and they use their skill, expertise, compassion and humour to provide a smooth transition.  Over the last 3 years there has been a lot of changes to the CCNOP;  particularly the change from the delivery of theory to a blended model requiring the navigation of an online nursing platform and changes in how the clinical portion is performed, bringing on board Y2 nurses who require ICU training and let’s not forget even a name change!  This team has been able to pivot from the previous ways of doing things, working collaboratively as a team and working with their unit educator partners to ensure a successful path forward into the clinical area for our nurses.   

Most recently this group has collaborated with the unit based educators to offer weekly Lunch and Learn sessions for our teams.  They have been very well attended, interactive and a great way to provide a spark back to our recovering teams.  It can not go unnoticed that taking on new initiatives in this time of COVID recovery is a feat, but I think this shows their level of passion for education and safe and competent care delivery to the patients we serve.

Shout Outs!

Shuangbo Liu and the MB ACS Network have launched a new educational campaign called “Dial Don’t Drive” (DDD) to help the public be aware of heart attack symptoms.  This important initiative was featured on the CTV News Medical Watch.  Check it out.

Emily Hyde and Robin Ducas, with Annette Schultz, Anna Chudyk, Andrea Winther Klippenstein, Dawn Barker, Holly Bekkering, Chloe Frechette, Joanne St.Godard-Frechette, Karan Buttar, and Ravinder Buttar were awarded an Exploration Grant by the Reseau Compassion Network for developing innovative approaches “Engaging Patients and Caregivers in Identifying Needs to Support Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Congenital Heart Disease Care”. They will be using this funding to consult congenital heart disease patients and their caregivers to ensure they have a voice in the development of transitions from pediatric to adult care. Congratulations!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Derrick Y Tam , Jan O Friedrich, Rakesh C Arora, Bobby Yanagawa  Frequentist or Bayesian: Coronary artery bypass grafting offers advantages over percutaneous coronary intervention in left main coronary disease  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 May 14;S0022-5223(22)00599-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2022.04.045. Online ahead of print.


June 19, 2022


The Section of Cardiac Surgery would like to acknowledge the retirement Keith Warrian after a career spanning 7 decades of dedicated service. 

Keith graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1969 and began his residency here as well.  He initially worked as a vascular surgeon in Kelowna before returning to Winnipeg where he remained until retirement.  He served as the Associate Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery and made numerous contributions to the Program in clinical and educational endeavors.  He was the Chair of the Cardiac Sciences Standards Committee and the Director of the Cardiac Surgical Clerkship Program.  His mentorship, not only to residents and students but also to junior staff members, was invaluable.  He made a tremendous impact not only on his patients, but everyone who had the privilege to work with him.

Congratulations to Keith on a very well-deserved retirement!

Sal’s Star of the Week: Cheryl Leblanc and Claudia Klemmens   

(Introduced by Scott MacKenzie)

The Sals Stars of the Week are Cheryl Leblanc and Claudia Klemmens who are the CRNs for the Cardiac Operating Rooms. Their roles are essentially twofold: 1) being clinical experts and a resource to staff  2) maintaining and improving nursing practice by providing clinical guidance/support to health care team members. Teaching comprises a large part of their daily activities. Claudia and Cheryl  developed a Fast Track Cardiac Nurses Training Program with funding provided by the Cardiac Surgery Program. This program allows them to provide mentorship to nurses for an 8 week intensive course.  This gives those nurses who are inexperienced to Cardiac Sciences a solid foundation to further develop their skills and become expert Cardiac OR nurses. In addition to their clinical duties, Claudia and Cheryl are responsible for monitoring supplies, equipment, implants and are responsible for liaison with the equipment and supply personnel, all to keep the 3 Cardiac Operating Rooms running efficiently. They also maintain SIMS doctor preference cards and other written resources to allow for preparation for all Cardiac procedures. Cheryl and Claudia are wonderful to work with and possess a wealth of knowledge. They are in large part responsible for the smooth running of the Cardiac Operating Rooms. Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Denise Battaglini, Lavienraj Premraj, Samuel Huth, Jonathon Fanning, Glenn Whitman, Rakesh C Arora, Judith Bellapart, Diego Bastos Porto, Fabio S Taccone, Jacky Y Suen, Gianluigi Li Bassi, John F Fraser, Sung-Min Cho, Chiara Robba The Use of Noninvasive Multimodal Neuromonitoring in Adult Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 Infection J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2022 Jun 8. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000859. Online ahead of print.


June 12, 2022


Sal’s Star of the Week: Shere Gigolyk  

(Introduced by Kwabena A. Osei-Bonsu)

This week, the Sals Star is Shere Gigolyk from the RT & Perfusion Department. Shere has been with St Boniface Hospital since June 1990; first as a therapist then taking on a leadership role in 2015. As she says, despite having worked in several capacities around the province – Neonatal Transport Team, The Pas, Flin Flon & Thompson, St B has always been home for Shere. She’s been able to build strong bonds at this site over the years and in 2015 she decided to give something back to the profession she had received so much from by taking on the Clinical Lead role in the NICU.

Through continued dedication and hard work Shere has continued to excel, not only in implementing programs such as Point of Care Lung Ultrasounds (more on this later) and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy at the bedside but in bringing more RTs into the fold and to the cutting edge of care delivery at the bedside. “I don’t want to ever stop developing respiratory therapy”-Shere said as I noticed the passion in her eyes as she spoke of where she wanted to continue driving the profession with a goal of seeing a role of a respiratory care practitioner developed someday.

Shere’s list of accomplishments are impressive and extensive. Notably, Shere presented the progress of the St Boniface Hospital Point of Care Lung Ultrasound program at a Neonatology Conference in Paris, France! The paper has also been published in the Journal of Perinatology. She continues to be an ambassador for the profession and for St Boniface Hospital on a local, national and  international basis.

Notwithstanding her accomplishments, her caring and kind-heart is the part of Shere that shines the most! Her impact on RT students through preceptorship over the years has definitely helped recruit many RTs to St Boniface Hospital (Including me!). 

During her downtime, Shere loves to spend time at the lake, with her dogs and cook. (Enchiladas are her favourite to cook as we found out during our cultural food week!). 

Thank you Shere. We are grateful to have you on our team. I look forward to many more years working with you! Congratulations.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Madeleine Barker, Roxana Mehran, Graham C Wong, Parvathy Nair, Annie Chou, Eve Aymong, Craig Butler, Annabel Chen-Tournoux, Kelly Coverett, Peggy DeJong, Btissama Essadiqi, Michael Froeschl, Samir Hazra, Ashlay Huitema, Malek Kass, Katherine Kavanagh, Clarence Khoo, Victoria Korley, Hung Ly, Andrew Moeller, Joelle Morin, Matthew Sibbald, Ken Gin, Janarthanan Sathananthan Perspectives of Female Cardiology Trainees on Interventional Cardiology Training and Careers: A Canadian Nationwide Survey  Can J Cardiol. 2022 Jun;38(6):832-835. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2022.01.014. Epub 2022 Jan 21.

Abhinav Sharma, Subodh Verma , Deepak L Bhatt , Kim A Connelly, Elizabeth Swiggum , Muthiah Vaduganathan , Shelley Zieroth, Javed Butler Optimizing Foundational Therapies in Patients With HFrEF: How Do We Translate These Findings Into Clinical Care?  JACC Basic Transl Sci. 2022 Mar 2;7(5):504-517. doi: 10.1016/j.jacbts.2021.10.018. eCollection 2022 May.

Ali Hage, Fadi Hage, Francois Dagenais, Maral Ouzounian, Jennifer Chung, Ismail El-Hamamsy, Mark D Peterson, Munir Boodhwani, John Bozinovski, Michael C Moon, Michael Yamashita, Michael W A Chu, Canadian Thoracic Aortic Collaborative; Andreanne Cartier, Vincent Chauvette, Ming Guo, Abigail White, Carly Lodewyks Frozen Elephant Trunk for Aortic Arch Reconstruction is Associated with Reduced Mortality as Compared to Conventional Techniques  Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Summer 2022;34(2):386-392. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2021.03.049. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Lina A Elfaki, Jessica G Y Luc, Mara B Antonoff, David T Cooke, Rakesh C Arora, Nikki Stamp, Thomas K Varghese Jr, Maral Ouzounian Sex differences in authorship in cardiothoracic surgery during the early coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic  JTCVS Open. 2022 May 13. doi: 10.1016/j.xjon.2022.05.005. Online ahead of print.

Hellmuth R Muller Moran, Rakesh C Arora, Rizwan A Manji Commentary: The A-B-C’s of H-I-T  Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2022 Summer;34(2):581-582. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2021.05.020. Epub 2021 Jun 25.

Virendra K Arya, Waiel Al-Moustadi, Vikas Dutta Cardiac output monitoring – invasive and noninvasive   Curr Opin Crit Care. 2022 Jun 1;28(3):340-347. doi: 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000937. Epub 2022 Mar 11


June 05, 2022


Sal’s Star of the Week:  Kathy van der Vis and Rita Mann    

(Introduced by Tim Dyck)

This week’s Sal’s star goes to both Kathy van der Vis, our Administrative Assistant for Cardiac Sciences, as well as Rita Mann, Administrative Secretary for Cardiac Sciences.

Kathy has been with  the Cardiac Sciences Program since 1989, a career spanning 33 years.

Kathy’s level of commitment and focus is unprecedented. Not only has Kathy been doing the job of close to 2.0 EFTS for a number of years, she does this with expertise and proficiency. Some examples of Kathy’s level of commitment include the fact that she arrives an hour early on her own time just to ensure she gets all her work completed. If there are meetings or evening commitments that need to be attended to, Kathy will ensure she is available regardless of whether she is on vacation or not. It is not uncommon for Kathy to bring work that requires concentration to her lake, just so she can focus and ensure accuracy of the finished product. I recall recently being struck by Kathy’s level of commitment when during a recent accreditation that Kathy told me she would have to cancel a vacation day, and apologized for missing our Friday morning huddle. I then noticed her literally jogging through the Y3 area to attend to another issue, as I presume she did not want to waste time walking to address that issue.

Outside the hospital Kathy enjoys walking with her dog Sadie, and is an avid gardener. She also enjoys her “happy place” at the lake in the summers. Most of all she loves spending time with her family, son Scott and his wife Kim, and her daughter Amanda and granddaughter Seren.

Kathy will be retiring this summer, and will take a well-deserved rest at the end of June. Good luck and thank you for your dedication and years of service to the Cardiac Sciences Program.

Rita Mann has been an Administrative Secretary with the Cardiac Sciences Program since 2003. Rita previously worked at St. Boniface from 1973 to 1980, moved out of province, and then returned in 2002. 

Rita is a strong contributor and a team player with the Y3 cardiology admin team. She has seen a number of changes in the section over the years having worked with a number of cardiologists. Rita literally is the right hand of some of the cardiologists she works with, and has been instrumental in providing excellent patient care. Rita is a true team player who is always willing to go the extra mile to help someone in need, whether that be mentoring a new staff, or just answering questions and explaining processes.  Rita is also noted as having contributed to the organization and administration of the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic with Dr. Seifer, Dr. Khoo and Genetics. Rita has been the catch-all with taking on a bunch of extra responsibilities for the department as a whole such as filling out work orders, ordering billing cards, booking rooms, ordering scrubs, ordering office supplies, helping with payroll, and the list goes on and on.

Outside the hospital Rita enjoys spending time with her 2 sons (Sean & Patrick) and 3 grandsons – James 12, Matthew 10 & Kyle almost 6.  Rita enjoys bike riding and going for walks at Kildonan park with her partner & best friend Henry.

Rita will also be retiring in July, and has earned a well-deserved break.

Again, thank you both for your dedication and years of service to the Cardiac Sciences Program.

Shout Out!

Congratulations to Chris Kuttnig on her appointment as president-elect of  the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN). 

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Cameron R Eekhoudt, Tessa Bortoluzzi, Sonu S Varghese, David Y C Cheung, Simon Christie, Skyler Eastman, Ishika Mittal, J Alejandro Austria, Harold M Aukema, Amir Ravandi, James Thliveris, Pawan K Singal, Davinder S Jassal Comparing Flaxseed and Perindopril in the Prevention of Doxorubicin and Trastuzumab-Induced Cardiotoxicity in C57Bl/6 Mice  Curr Oncol. 2022 Apr 21;29(5):2941-2953. doi: 10.3390/curroncol29050241


May 29, 2022


Sal’s Star of the Week:  Chantal Fillion  

(Introduced by Lisa Bowen)

This week’s Sal’s Star is CSIU’s own Chantal Fillion.  Chantal has been working as an RN on our unit since 2005, after completing her senior practicum with us!  Throughout the years, she has taken the AA course, RP training, and has been a preceptor/mentor to countless students and new staff.  How do you describe her? Caring, calm, critical thinker, approachable, pleasant, always smiling, sweet, conscientious, experienced, team player, kind, responsible, reliable and patient are just some of the words her coworkers have used to tell me about Chantal and I couldn’t agree more! I have had the opportunity to know Chantal from the very start of her career and she has always been exactly how her coworkers describe her. She continues to bring a positive attitude with her every day.  Is there one thing that stands out?  Not really.   It is difficult to pick one example when Chantal’s normal is having an “eagle eye” when it comes to recognizing changes in patient conditions or rhythm, her “spidey sense” of knowing when new staff may need extra support and answering my SOS “bat signal” call when extra or AA experienced staff are needed, all with the goal of ensuring safe patient care! With all of that being said, please join me in a round of applause for this week’s Sal Star, Chantal Fillion.

This Week’s Faculty Publications

Michael C Grant, Sylvain A Lother, Daniel T Engelman, Ansar Hassan, Pavan Atluri, Rainer Moosdorf, J Awori Hayanga , HelenMari Merritt-Genore, Subhasis Chatterjee, Michael S Firstenberg, Hitoshi Hirose, Jennifer Higgins, Jean-Francois Legare, Yoan Lamarche, Malek Kass, Samer Mansour, Rakesh C Arora Surgical Triage and Timing for Patients with COVID: A Guidance Statement from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 May 17;S0003-4975(22)00706-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.05.001. Online ahead of print.