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CCS welcomes new CEO, Dr. Carolyn Pullen

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Dr. Catherine Kells, President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), is pleased to announce that Dr. Carolyn Pullen will join the CCS as its incoming CEO on August 20, 2018.

"We are delighted Dr. Pullen will join us as CEO to champion our mission, strengthen our programs, and lead us in developing new opportunities and forming new strategic partnerships” said Dr. Kells. After seven years away, Dr. Pullen is returning to the CCS where she previously served as Director of Knowledge Translation and conducted her doctoral research during that time.

“I am honoured to take on the role of CEO and to serve members in advancing their vital contributions to the health of all Canadians each and every day,” said Pullen. “We will build on the strengths of the CCS in delivering best in class knowledge translation and professional development services to the cardiovascular care community and contribute to health systems improvement that benefit all Canadians.”

“Anne Ferguson has been a strong, collaborative leader who made a major contribution to the cardiovascular care community,” said Kells. “Dr. Pullen will continue building on this and will work with our members and stakeholders in Canada and beyond to advance our vision for the future of the CCS.”

Dr. Pullen has a long-standing commitment to healthcare in Canada and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Currently as Chief of Programs and Policy at the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), she is a strategic and effective leader in influencing policy at local and national levels. Prior to joining CNA, she held senior leadership positions with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Accreditation Canada. She received her bachelor of nursing science from Queen's University. Her masters and PhD are from the University of Ottawa, where her research focused on mechanisms to mobilize health research evidence into practice.  

About the Canadian Cardiovascular Society

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society is the national voice for cardiovascular clinicians and scientists, promoting cardiovascular health and care excellence through knowledge translation, professional development and leadership.

(posted June 28, 2018)

CCC 2018 registration now open

Registration for the 2018 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) has officially launched! We invite you to head over to our website and take advantage of our early rates.

This year, the CCC is partnering with three wonderful hotels to make your stay as affordable, comfortable, and memorable as possible.

Fairmont Royal York: $297/329
Hilton Toronto: $279
Intercontinental Toronto: $285

Please note: You must first register for CCC 2018 to access the Housing Bureau.

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto!

(posted June 25, 2018)

Not to miss at CCC 2018

CCC 2018 Trainee Program

The CCC 2018 is being hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in downtown Toronto, Saturday, October 20 to Tuesday, October 23. The Trainee Program is offering 25 unique trainee focused sessions, as well as the ever-popular Annual Cardiovascular Trainee Networking Luncheon. This year, we are introducing “A Call to Action: Gender Equity in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science” Networking Soirée, taking place on Saturday. On Sunday, join the “dating” scene by attending the “Careers in Cardiac Sciences Speed Dating” session. On Tuesday, the CCC will also be hosting the Stump the Experts session, which will see up to four trainees attempt to “stump” the CCS Scientific Program Committee Track Captains on a clinical case.

Trainees can click here to register for CCC 2018 and take advantage of special trainee early rates.

(posted June 25, 2018)

NEW Trainee Initiative - A Call to Action: Gender Equity in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science

Saturday, October 20, 18:30-20:30
Don't miss this networking soiree over wine and cheese. This fun and inspirational event will bring together cross-disciplinary professional women (including business, industry, STEM, and CIHR partners) who will collectively share ideas and initiatives to advance women into fulfilling academic careers, non-traditional career paths, and leadership positions.
Enjoy an evening with female mentors within the cardiac sciences and medicine, and find out how you can be involved in our “new” trainee women's working group. This event is inclusive to all women, from trainees to working professionals.
Stay tuned for the Trainee Women’s Working Group Call for Stories, coming this summer!

(posted June 25, 2018)

Advocacy Member Survey: The results are in!

Last month, the CCS invited its members to respond to a survey that will help to inform future advocacy activities, resources and areas of focus. The results showed that members are most willing to advocate for improved access to care (62%), use of clinical data to improve care (47%), and reducing wait times (42%). While the majority of respondents (82%) saw their role as an advocate in the health landscape as “somewhat-to-very important”, almost half (47%) do not feel well-equipped to be an effective advocate and even more (60%) did not engage in any 2017-2018 advocacy activities in support of sustainable funding for the CCS’ Quality Project.
Despite this, the respondents expressed willingness to engage in a number of advocacy activities, including: signing a petition or open letter to the Government of Canada (69%); writing a letter or emailing a Member of Parliament (58%); encouraging others in their network to be involved in advocacy (53%); and/or meeting in person with a Member of Parliament (51%). The advocacy-related tools that would be most supportive to these respondents include: educational sessions on specific advocacy topics or strategies (51%); white papers, policy papers, and/or evidence-based reports (51%); materials to share with their Member of Parliament and colleagues (49%); and key messages and sample meeting guides to prepare for meetings with their Member of Parliament (47%).  

We recognize and appreciate CCS member support for the continuation of our advocacy efforts and an interest from our members in becoming more involved. The CCS will continue to keep members informed and engaged in our advocacy efforts in hopes of sustaining the ongoing measurement and management of the quality and value of cardiovascular care.

If you have any further inquiries regarding CCS advocacy, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(posted June 25, 2018)

New pan-Canadian report provides latest snapshot of cardiovascular care outcomes for PCI and Cardiac Surgery

A new report released jointly by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) offers clinicians and health decision makers critical, pan-Canadian data on cardiac patient outcomes that could help improve the quality of in-hospital care.

The 2018 Cardiac Care Quality Indicators (CCQI) Report provides pan-Canadian comparable information on mortality and readmission outcomes following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and aortic valve replacement (AVR), using data from the most recent reporting year (2016-2017).
The report focuses on six outcome indicators and one volume measure:
•    30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After Isolated CABG
•    30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After CABG and AVR
•    30 Day In-Hospital Mortality After Isolated AVR
•    30-Day Readmission Rate After Isolated CABG
•    30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After PCI
•    30-Day Readmission Rate After PCI
•    PCI Volume (measure not risk-adjusted)

Risk-adjusted results are reported at the Canadian, provincial and cardiac care centre levels, to help support quality improvement in PCI and Cardiac Surgery.

The CCS is working to ensure that the report is widely distributed, including targeted outreach to clinicians and administrators at cardiac care centres across the county. Following review of the 2018 report, the CCS will gather insight on report uptake and any specific steps hospitals have undertaken to discuss and study the report results. This will support the CCS in understanding the impact of the report and identify next steps. 

Results released through the inaugural public report in 2017 were based on three years of pooled data (2013–2014, 2014–2015 and 2015–2016).

This second public installment of the CCQI Report represents an important step in the CCS’ journey towards improving transparency and quality of cardiac care across Canada.

(posted June 16, 2018)

Launching the 2018 CCS-Bayer Vascular Resident Awards

This award is intended for residents in a Canadian clinical training program (PGY 4-6) for, but not limited to, adult or pediatric cardiology, cardiac or vascular surgery for a research project on any topic related to thrombosis, anticoagulation, stroke, or atrial fibrillation. Three grants are available: $20,000, $15,000, $10,000, and a bonus of $5,000 for best presentation at CCC 2018. Deadline to submit is September 10, 2018. Submissions must be made here

Please forward this email to your residents and urge them to apply.

(posted June 16, 2018)

2018 Dr. Charles Kerr Award

The Dr. Charles Kerr Award was created in 2017 through the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy (CCSA) in honor of Dr. Charles Kerr who passed away the same year. The Dr. Charles Kerr Award is given annually to up to three residents that epitomize Charlie’s goals for the cardiovascular community and strive to embody his legacy through encouraging and advocating for those in need of assistance or support.

The call for this award is now open. The deadline to submit is July 31, 2018.

For more information, click here.

(posted June 16, 2018)

Interest in international electives heighten among cardiovascular trainees

The May 2018 edition of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology spotlights Dr. Shelia Klassen (Massachusetts General Hospital) and Dr. Debra Isaac’s (Libin Cardiovascular Institute) perspective on international electives for cardiovascular trainees. The article acknowledges the value that international partnerships and exchanges offer to training practitioners, as well as the barriers to pursuing these opportunities. Learn more.

(posted June 16, 2018)

Thank you - What great memories!



Wow, I cannot believe that 19 years has passed by with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society! Before I joined the CCS, I knew little about the impact of professional associations, let alone the specific role of this one. What a learning experience it has been working with such a dedicated group of members from across the country and staff right here in Ottawa.

“Leadership. Knowledge. Community” really are the three words that embody the characteristics of this organization.

When I look back, the number of areas where the CCS has lead in cardiovascular care or specialty medicine is significant. Be it the development of wait time benchmarks for cardiovascular services, the initial RCPSC diploma programs for sub-specialty areas, Choosing Wisely engagement, or the publication of quality measurement reports, CCS has been leading the way in Canada.

In the areas of knowledge exchange and professional development the CCS has also expanded its role and opportunities for member meaning and engagement—and this continues to grow. The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress and CCS guidelines and position statements, along with many tools to disseminate their recommendations, are now core to the CCS. The Trainee Review Programs enabled by the CCS and the CCS Academy also address unique member needs—and are highly valued.   Of course, I could not forget the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, purchased in 2010 from a small regional publisher, is now available globally and has grown its impact factor from 1.3 to 4.4.

When I started with the CCS, the organization had just over 1000 members. Today that number is over 2200 and the needs of those members has evolved over the years. Many CCS members are also members of one of our eleven CCS Affiliate organizations. These organizations allow for further sub-specialty focus, supported by the CCS, while being part of the larger cardiovascular community. Together, the CCS and these organizations have enriched the program of the Congress, combined voices on advocacy issues and collaborated on international initiatives.

My deepest thanks to all CCS members for everything they do. At any given time, CCS members are highly engaged in educational programme development, committee or writing panel work, editorial review, or advocacy. It has been wonderful working with such committed individuals—their energy ignites the organization!

I especially want to express my gratitude to each of the CCS and CCSA Presidents who’ve served during my time as CEO, and to everyone who has served on Council. Collectively, our membership gives their time and talents to contribute immensely to cardiovascular health, care and system change in Canada.

I also want to recognize and thank the CCS staff, many whom have worked here for several years. The staff team works hard to advance the CCS agenda. Their efforts and dedication combined with the memberships’ enthusiasm impacts on cardiovascular health and care in Canada.

The pursuit of excellence never ends. After almost two decades with CCS, I can say that it has been a great ride. If I could give any parting words of advice for my successor, it would be to capitalize on the ideas and energy of our members and staff to take the CCS to the next level.

Yours truly,


Anne Ferguson

CEO, Canadian Cardiovascular Society

(posted May 16, 2018)

New pan-Canadian report on cardiovascular care outcomes to be released May 31

On May 31, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) will jointly release a new pan-Canadian report on mortality and readmission outcomes following PCI and Cardiac Surgery. The release of this report will represent an important step in the CCS’ journey towards improving transparency and quality of cardiac care across Canada.

The 2018 Cardiac Care Quality Indicators (CCQI) Report uses data from the most recent reporting year (2016-2017) to report six outcome indicators and one volume measure:

  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After Isolated CABG
  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After CABG and AVR
  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After Isolated AVR
  • 30-Day Readmission Rate After Isolated CABG
  • 30-Day In-Hospital Mortality After PCI
  • 30-Day Readmission Rate After PCI
  • PCI Volume (measure not risk-adjusted)

To read the inaugural 2017 CCQI Report, which included results on mortality and readmission outcomes based on three years of pooled data (2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016), click here.

To access the latest installment of the CCQI Report on May 31, visit

(posted May 16, 2018)