Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

Our team

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Our team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians, clerical and administrative support and other allied health professionals who have a particular expertise in this area of health care.

Staff physicians, cardiac electrophysiologists
Medical doctors who specialize in heart rhythm disorders or arrhythmias.
  • Dr. Kamran Ahmad

    Dr. Kamran AhmadDr. Ahmad obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton and his cardiology residency at Queen’s University in Kingston. His training in cardiac electrophysiology was at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. His clinical focus is care of patients with heart rhythm disorders as well as general cardiology. Dr. Ahmad’s current interests also include Continuous Quality Improvement to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes as well as postgraduate medical education.

  • Dr. Paul Angaran

    Dr. Paul AngaranDr. Angaran is a member of the Arrhythmia Service at St. Michael’s Hospital. He completed medical school, Internal Medicine and Cardiology residency at the University of Toronto. He then completed an Electrophysiology Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He joined the Arrhythmia Service at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2012 with a clinical and research interest in complex ablation, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

  • Dr. Paul Dorian

    Dr. Paul DorianDr. Paul Dorian is the department director, Division of Cardiology, University of Toronto and staff cardiac electrophysiologist at St. Michael's Hospital. He is professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology and in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and a staff scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

    Dr. Dorian received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1976. He continued training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto, and received certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine in 1983 and certification in Cardiology in 1984. He completed training in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto in 1982, and received an MSc in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, he completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Stanford University Medical Centre in California.

    His research interests include basic science research in advanced cardiac life support, and atrial fibrillation, the clinical pharmacology of antiarrhythmic drugs, and clinical research on implanted devices, antiarrhythmic drugs, and quality of life in patients with arrhythmias.

    He is a co-principal investigator on the NIH funded Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, and chair of the arrhythmia section of the CaNNECTIN Canadian cardiovascular clinical trials collaborative , and serves on the steering committee of several multicenter clinical trials in arrhythmia care.

  • Dr. Victoria Korley

    Dr. Victoria KorleyDr. Victoria Korley graduated from McGill Medical School and completed her three year internal medicine residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University. She then pursued her cardiology and electrophysiology clinical and research fellowships at Harvard University in Boston. Upon completion, she joined the staff of St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, as an electrophysiologist in 2001.

    Over the years, her academic focus has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has developed and continues to administer the cardiology medical curriculum for the second year medical students at the University of Toronto. In addition, she is the director of the cardiology residency program at St. Michael’s Hospital and has been an examiner at the local and national levels. She previously held the role of director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship Program for several years.

    Her clinical interests include all aspects of patient care related to arrhythmias including ablation. Clinically, she has a particular expertise in complex implantations of resynchronizations devices for congestive heart failure.

  • Dr. Iqwal Mangat

    Dr. Iqwal MangatDr. Iqwal Mangat is assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, and is a practicing cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is currently the director of the Arrhythmia Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Mangat received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1993, and completed his Cardiology training also at the University of Toronto in 1999. He completed training in Adult Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of California, San Francisco in 2001, and was appointed Lecturer at UCSF from July 2001 to June 2002. Dr. Mangat returned to Toronto and joined the Division of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital in October 2002. Dr. Mangat’s clinical and research interests include the following:

    • Evaluation and management of patients with syncope, palpitations, risk factors for sudden cardiac death.
    • Arrhythmia management including supraventricular and ventricular tachycardias, inherited arrhythmic syndromes including RV dysplasia, long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome.
    • Special interest in atrial fibrillation, including novel therapeutic strategies and catheter ablation.
    • Spearheaded the development of an Atrial Fibrillation Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital (July 2009) which is a rapid access centre for management of patients with atrial fibrillation, with a focus on patient education.

  • Dr. Arnold Pinter

    Dr. Arnold PinterDr. Arnold Pinter graduated from the Semmelweis Medical School in Hungary. He received his medicine and cardiology training in Hungary before completing an Electrophysiology Fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital. Currently, he is a staff Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and holds an Assistant Professor position at the University of Toronto.

Electrophysiology clinical fellows
Medical doctors who are trained and certified cardiologists, now undergoing additional training to become an arrhythmia specialist.
  • Dr. Farzad Darabi
  • Dr. Mehrdad Golian
  • Dr. Karen Konieczny
  • Dr. Adaya Weissler-Snir
Nurse practitioners
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses in the extended class who have additional nursing education and experience to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medications within their specialty.
  • Vimy Barnard-Roberts

    Vimy Barnard-RobertsVimy Barnard-Roberts is a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at St. Michael’s in the outpatient clinics. She has cross appointment at the University of Toronto as an adjunct lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, participating in the preceptorship program for nursing and nurse practitioner students. She is an invited member of The Heart Rhythm Working Group at Cardiac Care Network examining efficacy and efficiencies of arrhythmia care in the province of Ontario.

    She received her Baccalaureate of Nursing from the University of Ottawa in 1992, and worked at The Ottawa Heart Institute which launched her interest in cardiac nursing. In 2003, she completed a Master of Nursing and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate at the University of Toronto, and acquired her RN (EC) NP-adult designation in 2009.

    She works with a team of inter-disciplinary specialists caring for people with cardiac arrhythmias, with a primary focus in implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Her practice involves caring for patients along the continuum of care from initial referral and assessment to device implant and the ongoing follow up care of arrhythmias and device function, including support for patients with complex issues related to living with an implanted cardiac device and life-threatening arrhythmias.

    Her particular research interests include patient education and self-care, particularly with heart failure patients, and quality of life in patients with arrhythmias.

  • Jennifer Cruz

    Jennifer CruzJennifer Cruz is a nurse practitioner in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and an adjunct lecturer within the Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto. Along with Dr. Iqwal Mangat, they spearheaded the development of a nurse practitioner-led Atrial Fibrillation Clinic within St. Michael’s Hospital in 2009 - the first AF clinic in Ontario. She is a lead in a review workshop for the Canadian Nurses Association exam for the Cardiovascular Nursing specialty since 2004. She is a co-lead in the patient education nation-wide initiative for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, focusing on Atrial Fibrillation.

    Jennifer Cruz received her bachelor of science in nursing degree at Ryerson University in 1999. She also completed a Critical Care Nursing certificate in 2000 and a Cardiology Nursing certificate in 2001 at George Brown College. She received her master's in nursing degree combined with an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty at University of Toronto in 2009. She received her Nurse Practitioner certification through the College of Nurses of Ontario in 2009. She currently holds a certification in cardiovascular nursing within the Canadian Nurses Association since 2004. She participates in the preceptorship program of nurses and nurse practitioner students from varying academic institutions.

    Her nursing and work experience include:

    • 1999-2000: General Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital
    • 1999-2000: Pre-operative and Surgical Day Care, St. Michael’s Hospital
    • 2000-2002: Flight nurse, Fox Flight Air Ambulance
    • 2004: Continuing Education Instructor, George Brown College
    • 2006: Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto
    • 2000-2008: Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit, St. Michael’s Hospital
    • 2007-2009: Arrhythmia Pacemaker Nurse/Technologist, St. Michael’s Hospital
Nurses
Registered nurses provide clinical care of patients within the arrhythmia service.
  • Lori Lee
  • Michael Brouckaert
  • Anne Fry
  • Denise Rayner
  • Mary Jo Dodea

Lori Lee, Michael Brouckaert and Anne Fry
Denise Rayner and Mary Jo Dodea

Technologists
Technologists are health care professionals who provide technical care of patients within their specialty.
  • Robert Gelaznikas
  • Vanessa Giglia
  • Janet Edwards
  • Julianna Hauer
  • Fraser King

 

Robert Gelaznikas and Vanessa Giglia
Janet Edwards, Julianna Hauer and Fraser King
Device triage coordinator
A registered nurse who educates and schedules patients undergoing device implantation (ICD, pacemaker or ILR).
  • Emily Little

 

Emily Little
Procedure booking coordinator
An individual who schedules ablations and electrical cardioversions, and tilt table tests.
  • Joanna Connell

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Clinical clerical assistants
A group of individuals who provide administrative support within the arrhythmia service.
  • Mary Wallace
  • Joanna Baily
  • Ornella Silvaggio
  • Rachel Gonzales 

Clinical clerical assistants
Research coordinators
Healthcare professionals who are responsible for the organization, coordination, and overall integrity of a research project.
  • Theresa Aves
  • Marta Gadacz 
  • Zana Mariano
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Marta Gadacz and Zana Mariano
Administrative assistants
Administrative assistants are individuals who provide administrative support for staff physicians or clinical leader manager.
  • Liz Pimentel
  • Judy Mohammed

Liz Pinentel and Judy Mohammed
Clinical leader manager
Provides clinical leadership and management of clinical team members and directs operational responsibilities within the arrhythmia service.
  • Kim Boswell

Kim Boswell

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