Professor of Paediatrics, University of Toronto;
Head, Heart Transplant Program;
Staff Cardiologist, Heart Failure and Echocardiography;
Labatt Family Heart Centre;
Hospital for Sick Children;
I am currently involved in the Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation in Children (CTOT-C) looking at donor-specific antibody production following heart transplantation and outcomes, in addition to recent and ongoing work in registries such as the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study (PHTS) and the ISHLT Transplant Registry. I have a strong interest in failing Fontan physiology and protocols to manage these challenging patients.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
If I think about the big picture, the thing that drew me to transplantation is the remarkable life-saving and life-enhancing transformation that occurs following a successful organ transplant in a child. It is truly humbling to support these infants, kids, and adolescents when they are in end-stage organ failure, and to be involved in their new lease on life once they have received a new organ. It is a personal challenge to have them have as normal a life experience as possible within the context of the care of their new heart.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
Being involved in the care of these children and families from pre-transplant to transition and beyond. I love the life experiences: school, sports, awards, trips, grad and prom and then university…. Even a handful of weddings and babies.
How have you served AST?:
I have been involved in AST for a number of years. Initially it was through the Pediatric Community of Practice which I eventually chaired from 2011-2013, but also on multiple committees including Awards and Communications, Website, Grants, and most recently chair of the Conflict of Interest and the clinical chair of the Scientific Review Committee. AST has been a tremendous source of collaboration and networking for me over the years in addition to affording me an opportunity to give back to the transplant community in different ways.