Executive Committee

Aslam Anis

Aslam Anis, PhD, FCAHS, is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  With his background training in economics, Dr. Anis is the Director of the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences (CHÉOS), a multidisciplinary health outcomes research unit within Providence Health Care Research Institute in Vancouver, Canada.  He is also the National Co-Director of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) and a Senior Scientist at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). Dr. Anis is involved in several economic analyses and health services research activities across Providence Health Care.  At UBC, Dr. Anis is the theme co-lead for Health Services and Systems.

Dr. Anis’s research activities are extensive and his work has been instrumental in shaping economic policies in Canada, notably those governing access to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Research by Dr. Anis in the area of pharmaceutical pricing policies in Canada has also attracted worldwide attention plus he continues to publish on the economic impact of changing drug price regulations. Dr. Anis’s expertise in health economics as pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry encompasses the relationship between government regulations and corporate behaviour, competition policy, patent infringement and international trade in pharmaceuticals. Dr. Anis has extensive experience conducting cost-effectiveness studies of new drugs, especially biologic therapies for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis, and he regularly consults with industry and governments in the context of formulary approval decisions.

Stirling Bryan

Dr. Stirling Bryan is the Scientific Director of the BC SUPPORT Unit (bcsupportunit.ca), a component part of CIHR’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research, and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation, VCH Research Institute. In addition, he holds a faculty appointment in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health. For over 25 years he has been a university-based practicing health economist with extensive engagement to the policy and decision making world. The majority of his career was spent in the UK, initially in London (appointments at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University) and subsequently in Birmingham (senior lecturer and then full professor at the University of Birmingham). He has taught health economics to undergraduate economists and medical trainees, to postgraduate health economics students and to health sector professionals.

His research track record reveals a longstanding goal of informing policy and practice. This is demonstrated, in part, through an extensive involvement with the UK National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year in the US, based at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision making in US health care organizations. His published work reveals an ongoing interest in coverage decision making processes. He moved to Canada in 2008 where he continues a focus on policy-relevant research, working alongside clinical and policy colleagues in one of BC’s largest regional health authorities.

Martha Mackay

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

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.

Tara Sedlak

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.

G.B. John Mancini

Dr. G.B. John Mancini is a tenured Professor of Medicine at UBC and directs an imaging-based research program (Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core Laboratory, CIRCL) that includes facilities for quantitative coronary angiography, ultrasound analysis (coronaries, carotids and brachial artery for atherosclerosis and endothelial function assessments) and cardiac computed tomography analysis. Dr. Mancini remains in active practice as a staff physician in the Vancouver General Hospital Cardiology Outpatient Clinic and the Cardiac Computed Tomography Program as well as the St. Paul’s Hospital Healthy Heart Prevention Program / Lipid Clinic.

Dr. Mancini received his MD degree from the University of Toronto, completed his residency at Toronto General Hospital and was a Cardiology and Research Fellow at the University of California at San Diego. After a year in the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor at U.C. San Diego, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he became Associate Chief of Cardiology and the Chief of the V.A. Section of Cardiology in 1987. He became Chair of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, 1992-2002. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Governor of the American College of Cardiology (British Columbia) and a member of the Circulation Council of the American Heart Association; he is also a member of numerous other professional associations in the United States and Canada. Dr. Mancini is the Past President of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation and current President of the Medical/Allied Staff of Vancouver Hospital. He has published over two hundred and fifty journal articles, abstracts, books and book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for many journals and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Cardiology, the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and the International Journal of Cardiac Imaging.

Dr. Mancini has been a dedicated clinician scientist in the field of cardiovascular imaging for three decades. As founder and director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core Laboratory — CIRCL, Dr. Mancini has overseen CIRCL through numerous multi-centre clinical trials providing quantitative image analysis for thousands of patients. The most notable of these clinical trials being COURAGE and OAT.

Dr. Mancini continues to be at the forefront of the latest medical imaging technologies. He holds Level 3 Certification in cardiac Computed Tomography and is a Diplomate of the Certification Board in Cardiac Computed Tomography. He was one of a small group of practitioners of cardiac computed tomography to have helped to author the first Canadian guidelines for the use of this new technology in clinical practice.

Dr. Mancini is a highly sought-after speaker and is regarded as a leading expert in the use of cardiovascular imaging and novel diagnostic tools to assess vascular health.

Jian Ye

Dr. Jian Ye has been a staff cardiovascular surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital since 2004, and Clinical Professor of Surgery & Director of Cardiac Surgery Research in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery of the University of British Columbia since 2010.

Dr. Ye received his Medical Degree and MSc. in China in 1983 and 1988, respectively, and then had extensive clinical training in cardiovascular surgery in China, at the Cleveland Clinic in USA, and at the University of Manitoba & University of Alberta in Canada. His special clinical interests include complex surgical mitral and tricuspid valve repair, minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter heart valve implantation, and aortic surgery. Dr. Ye is a pioneer in the development and clinical application of transcatheter heart valves for heart valve disease. Working with other team members, Dr. Ye has performed many successful transcatheter heart valve procedures in humans for the first time, such as transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for aortic stenosis in 2005, transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantation for failed bioprostheses in 2007, transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic regurgitation in 2011, transapical JenaValve implantation for aortic stenosis or regurgitation outside Europe in 2013, transapical mitral valve replacement for mitral regurgitation in 2014, and transapical mitral valve repair for mitral regurgitation using the NeoChord device outside Europe in 2015. Dr. Ye has been teaching and training physicians and surgeons in transcatheter heart valve implantation and mitral valve repair in many countries over the past 10 years.

Dr. Ye was a CIHR and Heart and Stroke Foundation grantee for many years, and served as a scientific reviewer for Canadian, Singapore and Chinese National Granting Agencies, as well as many medical journals. Dr. Ye has been a principal investigator of many clinical trials and studies. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and has been invited to give lectures at numerous national or international meetings, and hospitals in many countries.

Carol Laberge

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Donald Grant

Patient Representative

Don has a special strength and understanding of economic matters that he uses as a board member of a multi-billion dollar financial institution. He is active in his Okanagan community of Peachland. Don retired from a successful career in medical devices where he also served as National Chair of the firm’s Employee Engagement Team.

Don serves on the Registration Committee of BC’s College of Dietitians. This committee ensures dietitians are qualified to practice. In addition, Don volunteers as a fundraising specialist for Peachland’s Pier Project. The 125-meter Okanagan Lake pier will run parallel to – and enhance – the shoreline at Heritage Park.