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Our Team.

Our core members have a well-established track record of working together including grants,

publications, and co-supervision of trainees. Through an organic process, we recently collated our individual relationships and developed a formal partnership.

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Dr. Amer Johri
MD MSc FRCPC FASE
Cardiology
Research Interests: 
  • 3D echocardiography
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Interventional echocardiography
Read more about Dr. Johri, here.
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Dr. Graeme Smith
MD PhD FRCSC
Obstetrics/Gynecology
Research Interests: 
  • Pre-eclampsia 
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes as a marker of future health
  • Maternal Health Education and Screening
Read more about Dr. Smith, here.
Dr. Karen Yeates
MD MPH
Nephrology
Research Interests: 
  • Improving access to care
  • Maternal Health
  • Mobile health solutions
  • Non-communicable disease
Read more about Dr. Yeates, here.
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Dr. DJ Cook
MD PhD
Neurosurgery
Research Interests: 
  • Neurological dysfunction related to autonomic nervous system function and vascular regulation
  • Chronic ischemic neurologic function and recovery
Read more about Dr. Cook, here.
Dr. Steven Brooks
MD MHSc FRCPC
Emergency Medicine
Research Interests: 
  • Bystander resuscitation for out of hospital cardiac arrest
  • Post cardiac arrest syndrome
  • Technological solutions
Read more about Dr. Brooks, here.
Dr. Nazanin Alavi
MD FRCPC
Psychiatry
Research Interests: 
  • e-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Suicidal behaviors related to bullying
  • Improving suicidal risk assessment in the emergency setting.
Read more about Dr. Alavi, here.
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Dr. Shahirose Premji
RN, MScN, PhD, FAAN, FCAN
Professor & Sally Smith Chair in Nursing
Research Interests: 
  • Global maternal / newborn care
  • Risk Factors and Intervention Targets for Perinatal Health
Read more about Dr. Premji, here.

Our Early Career Researcher.

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Dr. Tina Zhu
MD FRCPC
Cardiology
Research Interests: 
  • Heart failure
  • Women’s heart health
  • Digital health technologies and innovation

Our Common Trainees.

QVasC is dedicated to the mentorship, support, and teaching of the next generation of highly qualified personnel. We have a long and rich history of co-supervision amongst core members.

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Nicholas Grubic
MSc, BScH 
Masters Thesis co-supervised by Dr. Brooks and Dr. Johri
Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Characteristics, Care Processes, and Outcomes Across the Urban-Rural Spectrum - A Retrospective Cohort Study from 2013-2019 in the United States
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Kiera Liblik
MSc, BScH 
Masters Thesis co-supervised by Dr. Johri and Dr. Alavi
Femal Risk Factors for Post- Myocardial Infarction Depression and Anxiety.
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Logan Barr
PhD, MSc, BScH 
Masters Thesis co-supervised by Dr. Smith and Dr. Johri
Postpartum microvascular sequelae of preeclampsia using laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) in women and offspring.
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Trinity Vey
MSc, BScH 
Masters Thesis co-supervised by Dr. Yeates and Dr. Johri
To understand and develop culturally appropriate COVID-19 public health strategies for Indigenous communities of the Mushkegowuk Territory in Northern Ontario
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Laura Mantella
MD, PhD, MSc, BScH 
PhD supervised by Dr. Johri
Use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound to link carotid plaque neovascularization with the severity of coronary artery disease and future cardiovascular events.
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