to the homepage for the McGill University Division of Cardiothoracic
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at McGill
University operates within the newly merged McGill University
Health Center (MUHC), which consists of three main sites located
in downtown Montreal.
Resident Teaching Conferences
Saturday, November 19, 2005 9:20 AM
The monthly schedule of rounds and resident teaching conferences is posted on the conferences page. The page now includes a hyperlink to download the calendar as a PDF file.
|Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005 8:21 AM
The 58th annual meeting of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society was held in Montreal between October 22-26, 2005. The following abstracts from the McGill Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery were presented:
Majnemer A, Limperopoulos C, Shevell M, Rohlicek CV, Rosenblatt B, Tchervenkov C
Neurodevelopmental outcome at school entry of children who underwent open-heart surgery during infency
Lachapelle K, Chaturvedi RK, de Varennes B, Ergina P, Cecere R
The preoperative parsonnet score predicts early and late survival following cardiac surgery in octogenarians
Del Duca D, Iqbal S, Rahme E, Goldberg P, de Varennes B
Acute renal failure after cardiac surgery: incidence and perioperative risk factors
Luo J, Duong M, Wan C, Teng CJ, Chiu R, Shum-Tim D
The immature heart: the role of bone marrow stromal stem cells in growth and myocardial repair
Grenon SM, Hurwitz S, Xiao X, Kim C, Cohen RJ, Williams GH
Midodrine does not prevent orthostatic intolerance in women exposed to simulated microgravity
Grenon SM, Xiao X, Hurwitz S, Kim C, Cohen RJ, Williams GH
The impact of gender on orthostatic tolerance and on the renal, cardiovascular and cardio-endocrine responses to simulated microgravity
|37th Annual Stikeman Visiting Professor
Saturday, May 8, 2004 3:29 PM
The McGill Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is pleased to welcome Dr. Vaughn Alden Starnes from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine as the 37th annual Stikeman Visiting Professor on Thursday, May 13.
Dr. Starnes is well known for his expertise in congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation and cardiac assist devices. Dr. Starnes will deliver two lectures in the Forbes-Cushing Amphitheatre (Montreal Children's Hospital, Room D-182) on Thursday, May 13th. The first lecture, entitled "Living Lobar Lung Transplantation - Ten Year Experience" will be given at surgical grand rounds at 7:30 a.m. The second lecture, "The Ross Operation: The Ideal Operation for Children with Aortic Valve Disease" will be given at 4:00 p.m.
The full program in PDF format can be downloaded here.
Weekly Teaching Conferences and M&M rounds
Thursday March 30, 2005
The resident teaching schedule has recently been revised and is continuously being updated. Teaching conferences
will now take place every Thursday at 7:30AM at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Check your email for location. M&M rounds will continue to be held every Monday at 17h00 in the S10 amphitheatre at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
/ Departing Residents
Tuesday, June 24,
2003 10:57 PM
Two new residents are joining the cardiac surgery program this
year courtesy of the CaARMS
match. Congratulations are extended to Dr.
Rony Atoui and Dr. Samantha
Hill. Dr. Turki Al-Backer from
Saudi Arabia will also be joining the program on July 1st.
This year's graduating residents are Dr. Harry Lapierre and Dr.
Edgar Chedrawy. Eddy has accepted a position at Stanford University
to pursue a fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist.
Best of luck to Dr. Chedrawy and Dr. Lapierre in all their future
Annual Stikeman Visiting Professorship
14, 2003 6:14 PM
The 35th Annual Stikeman Day was held at the McGill University
Health Centre on May 15th, with many McGill Cardiothoracic Alumni
returning to take part in the event.
This year's Stikeman Visiting Professor was Dr.
David Craig Miller from the Stanford
School of Medicine. Dr. Miller's lecture entitled "Have
we made any progress in the last 20 years for patient's with acute
type A aortic dissection" was given at Surgical Grand
Rounds on Thursday Morning, and was followed by presentations from
residents, staff and alumni. The annual dinner was held at the University
Club and was enjoyed by all who attended.
25, 2002 1:07 PM
B, Kuang JQ, Al-Khaldi A, Shum-Tim D, Chiu RC
vitro preprogramming of marrow stromal cells for myocardial regeneration.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2002 Oct;74(4):1154-9; discussion 1159-60.
EG, Chiu RC
Cellular cardiomyoplasty: cell therapy
for myocardial regeneration.
Artif Cells Blood Substit Immobil Biotechnol. 2002 Sep-Nov;30(5-6):517-32.
SJ, Tchervenkov CI, Shum-Tim D, Roy N
after stenting of a native coarctation in an adult.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2002 Sep;74(3):936.
EG, Wang JS, Nguyen DM, Shum-Tim D, Chiu RC
and integration of implanted myogenic and stem cells into native myocardial
fibers: anatomic basis for functional improvements.
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002 Sep;124(3):584-90.
25, 2002 6:54 PM
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has two publications appearing
in the July issue of the Annals
of Thoracic Surgery.
Drs. Takayuki Saito, Jin-Qiang Kuang, Bindu
Al-Khaldi, and Dr.
Ray C-J Chiu have published a paper entitled Xenotransplant
Cardiac Chimera: Immune Tolerance of Adult Stem Cells.
This research examines the unique immunologic characteristics of
adult bone marrow stromal cells which allows their engraftment and
survival of a xenogenic environment.
Kevin Lachapelle, Benoit
Renzo Cecere have published their experience with Sutureless
Patch Technique for Postinfarction Ventricular Rupture.
Six cases between January 1993 and June 2001 are reveiwed, and the
authors conclude that this technique is "simple, effective
and associated with favorable outcome."
|Saturday, July 13,
2002 4:20 PM
summer resident teaching schedule has been updated.
Several pictures from Stikeman Day 2002 have been posted. They
can be accessed here.
The website has recently relocated to a newer, faster server. For
those of you experiencing difficulty accessing the site, please
update your bookmarks.
Shum-Tim Awarded Two FRSQ Research Grants
10, 2002 9:08 PM
Shum-Tim was recently two FRSQ research grants. Dr. Shum-Tim
"My current research activity focuses on two main areas. The
first one is the Management of Cardiopulmonary Bypass and
Cerebral Protection during Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. This
research project basically brings our bedside cardiopulmonary bypass
protocols and studies them in a controlled bench-side experimental
condition. As the outcome of complex cardiac surgery is improving
in the pediatric population, the neurological morbidity has become
a prominent issue. This research is aimed at improving the quality
of life and social dependence of many of our patients following repair
of cardiac malformations. As you know, we have received our first
peer-reviewed award, the Jonathan Ballon Award, from the Heart
and Stroke Foundation of Quebec in 2000. With this Award,
we have been able to continue our work which I have started since
I was in Boston and thus far, we have presented our work at the Society
of Thoracic Surgeons, the American
College of Surgeons and the American
Heart Association. As a busy clinical surgeon, the Award from
the FRSQ undoubtedly provides me with some protective time to continue
my interest as an academic surgeon. Hopefully, it will continue to
help my lab to achieve our goals.
My second area of research is in Tissue Engineering, which I also
spent some time doing while in Boston. As soon as I returned to
McGill, my mutual collaboration with my mentor, Dr.
Ray C-J Chiu, had become inevitable. We had multiple publications
in the peer-reviewed Forum, in addition to several honors and Awards
won by our residents. At the time of this writing, I am very excited
also to receive an Award led by Dr. Thomas M.S. Chang, from the
Department of Physiology, in a joint venture of medical research
in the area of transfusion medicine. Together, we have recently
received an FRSQ grant-in-aid Award (approximately $350,000/year)
for the next three consecutive years. My role in this particular
project is to use artificial red blood cells during cardiopulmonary
bypass, specifically to minimize systemic inflammatory
reaction, as well as neuroprotection. This special award has given
me the unique opportunity to work with our basic scientists, as
well as unifying my dual interest in "cellular engineering" and
"protection of the brain during cardiopulmonary bypass". I hope
this exciting future will be a productive one and I am very excited
to be able to contribute to this academic achievement as a member
of the surgical department."
Resident Teaching Schedule is Up
|Friday, June 7, 2002
Please take a moment to check out the updated
summer schedule for resident tutorials. The schedule can also
be accessed via the conferences
Cardiac Surgery Residents Win Research Awards
|Wednesday, May 29,
2002 7:07 PM
Hilal Al-Sabti won second prize at last week's Annual Fraser
Gurd Day competition for his presentation entitled Delivery
of Marrow Stromal Cells for Angiogenesis: Therapeutic Implications.
Derek MacDonald recently took first place in the oral competition
at the Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute Annual Research
Day for his presentation "Xenogenic Bone Marrow Stromal
Cell Implantation Into Acutely Ischemic Myocardium Improves Cardiac
Function." Dr. MacDonald also received first prize
in the oral presentation category at the 2nd Annual McGill Biomedical
Graduate Conference for a presentation entitled Xenotransplantation
of Bone Marrow Stromal Cells as a Source of Myocardial Tissue Regeneration.
|Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Tchervenkov and Steve
Korkola have a publication appearing the April issue of the
of Thoracic Surgery entitled Single-stage anatomical
repair of complete atrioventricular canal, double-outlet right ventricle,
and cor triatriatum using ventricular septal defect translocation.
(Ann Thorac Surg 2002 73: 1317-1320). The abstract
is available for viewing here.
A recent letter to the editor of Scientific
American Magazine from Dr.
Ray C-J Chiu addressing the controversy surrounding the need
for therapeutic cloning was published in the May
New Website Design
22, 2002 7:07 PM
The website has been completely redesigned with a new look and
structure. Please take the time to browse the site, and be sure
to check out the updated faculty
and residents' sections. If
you encounter any errors while navigating the website we would appreciate
Ray Chiu Gives Guest Lecture at the University of Ottawa
Saturday, May 18,
2002 7:31 PM
C-J Chiu was the visiting professor at the University
of Ottawa's annual Collin's Day. Dr. Chiu's lecture entitled "Regenerative
Cardiology and Stem Cell Biology" was very well received.
This wraps up a very busy Spring for Dr. Chiu, who recently attended
meetings of the United States National
Institute of Health and the American
Association for Thoracic Surgery after returning from an extended
trip to the Far East.
Resident wins Terrence Donnelly Research Award for Third Consecutive
Saturday, May 11,
2002 7:36 PM
For the third consecutive year, a McGill cardiac surgery resident
has won the presteigous Bigelow Prize at the 6th Annual Terrence
Donnelly Cardiac Surgery Residents' Research Day. Dr.
Abdulaziz Al-Khaldi's presentation on "Therapeutic
Angiogenesis Using Autologous Bone Marrow Stromal Cells: Improved
Blood Flow in a Chronic Hind Limb Ischemia Model" secured
first prize in the basic science research category.
This year's conference was hosted at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto,
with seven McGill residents attending the event. The visiting professor
Carlos Duran from The
International Heart Institute of Montana. Professor Duran conducted
a wetlab with the residents, demonstrating the techniques of mitral
Annual Stikeman Visiting Professorship
|Friday, May 3, 2002
The 35th Annual Stikeman Day was held at the McGill University Health
Centre on May 2nd and 3rd, with many McGill Cardiothoracic Alumni
returning to take part in the event. This year's Stikeman Visiting
Professor was Dr. Alain Carpentier from the Hôpital
Européen Georges Pompidou in Paris, France. Professor Carpentier's
lecture entitled "What Remains to be Discovered"
was given at Surgical Grand Rounds on Thursday Morning, and was followed
by presentations from residents, staff and alumni. Once again the
event was a resounding success.