Dr. Sedlak received her Bachelor’s degree with Honours from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia). Dr. Tara Sedlak was awarded the Gold Medal for top graduate from the Doctor of Medicine Program. She completed two specialist residencies (Internal Medicine and Cardiology) at the University of British Columbia, where she twice served as Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Tara Sedlak also completed a fellowship at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre (Los Angeles, California) with Dr. Bairey Merz, the world’s leading expert in women’s heart health. Dr. Tara Sedlak is the only Canadian physician to have completed this program.
Dr. Tara Sedlak practices General Cardiology for men and women. She is also the only certified Women’s Heart Health Cardiologist in Canada. Her research interests include etiologies of myocardial infarction in women with normal coronary arteries and therapeutic strategies in microvascular coronary dysfunction and spontaneous coronary artery dissection.
Dr. Mackay is a clinician-scientist, combining the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Cardiology at St. Paul’s Heart Centre and Clinical Associate Professor at UBC School of Nursing. Completing her initial nursing education at George Brown College (Toronto), and earning her PhD at UBC, she has practiced for 37 years in critical care and cardiac nursing, with the past 20 as a CNS. Dr. Mackay’s clinical focus is on improving the care of patients with acute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction. Dr. Mackay’s expertise and leadership in cardiovascular nursing is recognized nationally and has earned her several awards.
Dr. Mackay has received several provincial and national research awards, and currently holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Embedded Clinician Researcher Award. Her research examines sociodemographic and behavioural influences on cardiac health, such as sex/gender, ethnicity and depression.
Nathaniel Hawkins is Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC and holder of the Dr. Charles Kerr Distinguished Scholar in Heart Rhythm Management. He completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at Edinburgh University. He completed his Doctorate of Medicine research degree in heart failure at Glasgow University under the mentorship of Professor McMurray. His studies included a randomized controlled trial using the beta-blocker bisoprolol in pulmonary disease, and numerous analyses from landmark clinical trials.
As a passionate believer in technology, Dr. Hawkins moved to Liverpool for cardiology and fellowship training in Europe’s largest device centre, focusing on pacing and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Concurrently, he completed a Masters of Public Health focusing on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, population modelling, and health systems. His research is focused on improving quality of life and outcomes for patients with heart failure, using implantable and external devices, remote monitoring, and by improving systems of care.
Dr. Christopher Fordyce is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Division of Cardiology at the University of British Columbia, and Associate Head, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital. He completed a clinical research fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, as well as further subspecialty training in Cardiac Critical Care at Duke University Hospital. His clinical and research interests are closely aligned and comprise cardiac critical care, including myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest, as well as non-invasive testing for stable coronary disease and antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation. Following medical school at McGill University, he trained in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia. He also completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master’s of Health Science in Clinical Research through the Duke School of Medicine. Dr. Fordyce sits on the Editorial Board of the American Heart Journal.