Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons

The Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS) is an Affiliate Society of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS)

About Us

The CSCS mission is to promote and represent the specialty of cardiac surgery including but not exclusive to research, education, and sound clinical practice.

The CSCS strives to be responsive to its members’ needs. In addition to the educational activities we sponsor and develop, we have partnered to assess workforce issues hoping to project surgeon shortages in the future to help plan for our specialty’s growth. The CSCS plays a role in the development of training programs to help the field adapt to new technologies and embrace new techniques.

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2023 CSCS Spring Meeting

Please plan to join us for the 2023 CSCS Spring Meeting. Details will be posted here when available. Please check ...
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Canadian Women in Cardiac Surgery

The CSCS founded the Canadian Women in Cardiac Surgery working group in October 2021. This important initiative seeks to provide ...
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October 2022

The CSCS quarterly newsletter aims to provide updates on upcoming events, announcements of new activity and initiatives we are undertaking ...
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Dr. Richard C. Cook

CSCS Spotlight

Dr. Cook is a graduate of the University of British Columbia cardiac surgery residency program, where he also completed an MSc in cardiac physiology. Following his residency, he completed fellowships in Paris (Cristophe Acar) for mitral valve repair, and East Carolina University (W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr) for robotically assisted and minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

He has been on staff at the University of British Columbia since 2005, where he currently is a Clinical Professor of Surgery, and the director of robotically assisted and minimally invasive surgery. He has served as the co-director of the residency program from 2011 – 2013. In 2010 he was appointed to the executive committee of the Cardiac Surgery Exam Board at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and served as the chair of the exam board from 2018 – 2021.

His primary clinical areas of interest include robotically assisted MIDCAB, mini-thoracotomy valvular surgery, and transcatheter aortic and mitral repair and replacement. He serves on the CSCS Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer.

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2022 Award Recipient:
Dr. Vishnu Vasanthan

Dr. Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Resident Award

This award was created in honour of Dr. Paul Cartier, who was highly regarded as an outstanding Canadian Cardiac Surgeon. The award is given annually to a Cardiac Surgery Resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of cardiac surgery through basic science or clinical research and who has demonstrated promise for a distinguished academic career in cardiac surgery.

A call will go out annually to all CSCS members adhering to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) Call for Science deadline for abstract submissions. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award, as well as an honorary plaque.

Canadian Cardiac Surgery Centres

The Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS) is a national leader in cardiac surgery. Canadian patients are provided timely appointments with cardiologists who work together to provide comprehensive care that meets the exact needs of each individual.

Use the following map to find a clinic near you!

Board Of Directors And Officers Of CSCS

Ansar Hassan

President

Maral Ouzounian

President Elect

Rakesh Arora

Rakesh Arora

Past President

Richard Cook

Secretary / Treasurer

Edgar Chedrawy

Atlantic Regional Representative

Tarek Malas

Quebec Regional Representative

Emmanuel Moss

Quebec Regional Representative

Jennifer Higgins

Ontario Regional Representative

Richard Whitlock

Ontario Regional Representative

Scott McClure

SK, MB, AB Regional Representative

Lynn M. Fedoruk

BC Regional Representative

Abigail White

Cardiac Surgery Resident Representative

Officers of CSCS

Subodh Verma

Scientific Program Committee Chair

Saurabh Gupta

Workforce Committee Chair

Fraser Rubens

Specialty Committee Representative

Pierre Voisine

Exam Board Representative

Gurmeet Singh

CANCARE Representative

Ansar Hassan

President

Ansar Hassan

President

Maral Ouzounian

President Elect

Maral Ouzounian

President Elect

Rakesh Arora

Past President

Rakesh Arora

Past President

Richard Cook

Secretary / Treasurer

Richard Cook

Secretary / Treasurer

Edgar Chedrawy

Atlantic Regional Representative

Edgar Chedrawy

Atlantic Regional Representative

Tarek Malas

Quebec Regional Representative

Tarek Malas

Quebec Regional Representative

Emmanuel Moss

Quebec Regional Representative

Emmanuel Moss

Quebec Regional Representative

Jennifer Higgins

Ontario Regional Representative

Jennifer Higgins

Ontario Regional Representative

Richard Whitlock

Ontario Regional Representative

Richard Whitlock

Ontario Regional Representative

Scott McClure

SK, MB, AB Regional Representative

Scott McClure

SK, MB, AB Regional Representative

Lynn M. Fedoruk

BC Regional Representative

Lynn M. Fedoruk

BC Regional Representative

Abigail White

Cardiac Surgery Resident Representative

Abigail White

Cardiac Surgery Resident Representative

Officers of CSCS

Subodh Verma

Scientific Program Committee Chair

Subodh Verma

Scientific Program Committee Chair

Saurabh Gupta

Workforce Committee Chair

Saurabh Gupta

Workforce Committee Chair

Fraser Rubens

Specialty Committee Representative

Fraser Rubens

Specialty Committee Representative

Pierre Voisine

Exam Board Representative

Pierre Voisine

Exam Board Representative

Gurmeet Singh

CANCARE Representative

Gurmeet Singh

CANCARE Representative

Become a Member of the CSCS

Fees are subject to applicable taxes.

Membership

Membership is open to individuals enrolled in a recognized Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) training program or current/past Fellows with an FRCSC in cardiac surgery as recognized by the RCPSC.

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