Nitish Dhingra

Nitish Dhingra

Nitish grew up in Toronto after having moved from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 4. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from McMaster University, Nitish returned to Toronto for medical school, graduating from the MD Program at the University of Toronto in 2023. Thereafter, Nitish remained at UofT for residency, joining the Cardiac Surgery program later that year. While attending the University of Toronto, Nitish cultivated a passion for cardiovascular surgery from a both a clinical and academic lens. In particular, he developed a keen interest in the pathophysiology and spectrum of management options for heart failure, including pharmacotherapies, structural heart interventions, and advanced surgical treatments. In addition to heart failure, Nitish’s current research focuses include perioperative care and pain medicine, as well as complex adult congenital heart disease. Finally, Nitish also has an interest in medical education, having been a leader of several mentorship and tutoring services for students requiring additional support. Outside of medicine, Nitish is an avid reader, a hockey player and sports fanatic, as well as a jazz music and performance arts enthusiast.


    Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc), McMaster University, 2016-2019

    Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Toronto, 2019-2023


    Clinical outcome research and randomized trials


    Management options across the spectrum of heart failure


    Structural valve interventions and mitral valve repair techniques


    Perioperative pain optimization




    2023 Young Investigator Award [2nd Place], American College of Cardiology


    2023 1st Place Abstract/Presentation, Cardiorenal Connections Conference


    2023 Class of 2006, Toronto Notes Award, University of Toronto MD Convocation Award


    2022 Golden Stethoscope Award, University of Toronto MD Program (WB)


    2021, 2022 Walter F. Watkins Scholarship, University of Toronto MD Program


    2018, 2019 Provost Honour Roll Medal, McMaster University


    2018 Edwin Marwin Dalley Memorial Scholarship, McMaster University


    2021-Ongoing Peer Reviewer, European Heart Journal, The Lancet (Europe), Diabetes Care and Canadian Journal of Cardiology


    2020 CREMS Research Scholarship Recipient, University of Toronto


    2019 Keenan Research Summer Student Scholarship Recipient, St. Michael’s Hospital


    2019 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) Recipient, McMaster University [Declined]


    2017, 2018, 2019 Dean’s Honour List, McMaster University


    2016 President’s Scholarship, McMaster University


    2016 President’s Scholarship of Excellence, University of Toronto [Declined]


    Dhingra NK, Verma S, Butler J, Anker SD, Ferreira JP, Filippatos G, et al. (2023). Efficacy and Safety of Empagliflozin According to Background Diuretic Use in Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction: Post-Hoc Analysis of EMPEROR-Reduced. JACC Heart Failure [Online ahead of print]. doi:10.1016/j.jchf.2023.06.036

    Verma S, Dhingra NK, Butler J, Anker SD, Ferreira JP, Filippatos G, et al (2022). Empagliflozin in the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction in addition to background therapies and therapeutic combinations (EMPEROR-Reduced): a post-hoc analysis of a randomised, double-blind trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 10(1), 35-45. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(21)00292-8.

    Hibino M*, Dhingra NK,* Verma S, Chan V, Quan A, Gregory AJ, et al (2021). Mitral repair with leaflet preservation versus leaflet resection and ventricular reverse remodeling from a randomized trial. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.08.081.

    Dhingra NK, Li A, Lee G, Kou R, Tam DY, Bisleri G, Yanagawa B. (2022) Reverse Fragility Index in Negative Cardiac Procedural Randomized Controlled Trials. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2022.05.010.

    Dhingra, NK*, Mistry N*, Puar P, Verma R, Anker S, Mazer CD, et al. (2021). SGLT2 inhibitors and cardiac remodelling: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of Randomized Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Trials. ESC Heart Failure. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.13645.



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