Congratulations to our Winners!

CSCS Fan Favourite Award ($1000) - Rodolfo Rocha

1st Place Clinical Category ($1500) - Rodolfo Rocha

2nd Place Clinical Category ($1000) - Derrick Tam

1st Place Basic/Translational Category ($1500) - Amine Mazine

2nd Place Basic/Translational Category ($1000) - Vishnu Vasanthan


 Bigelow Cardiac Surgical Resident Research Competition

Saturday 27 February 2021

All times are in EST.


1000 – 1015    Welcome and introductory remarks – Terry Yau


1015 – 1115    Session 1

                        Chairs: John Mullen, Steve Singh

                        1015 – 1030 Derrick Tam (University of Toronto) “Prosthesis Choice for Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in the Era of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: A Decision Analytic Model in Middle-aged Patients”

                        1030 – 1045 Ali Hage (Western University) “Frozen Elephant Trunk for Aortic Arch Reconstruction Reduces Mortality as Compared to Conventional Techniques”

                        1045 – 1100 Rashmi Nedadur (University of Toronto) “A Machine Learning Model of Characterization of Mixed Aortic Valve Disease”

                        1100 – 1115 Vishnu Vasanthan (University of Calgary) “Modulation of Cardiac Inflammation Using Acellular Matrix Biomaterial for Post-Infarct Cardiac Repair”


1120 – 1200    Guest speaker: Paul Fedak, Intro by Terry Yau (30 min talk, 10 min Q&A) “The Surgical-Scientist is Dead… Long Live the Surgical-Scientist!”


1200 – 1230    Lunch (breakout rooms)


1230 – 1330    Session 2

                        Chairs: Rakesh Arora, Rachel Vanderlaan

                        1230 – 1245 Ming Guo (University of Ottawa) “Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice Preferences in the Surgical Threshold for Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Among Canadian Cardiac Surgeons”

                        1245 – 1300 Sabin Bozso (University of Alberta) “Recellularization of Xenograft Heart Valves Reduces the Xenoreactive Immune Response in an in-vivo Rate Model”

                        1300 – 1315 Vincent Chauvette (University of Montreal) “Learning Curve and Reproducibility of the Ross Procedure: Lessons from the First 500 Cases”

                        1315 – 1330 Amine Mazine (University of Toronto) “Generation of Valvular Interstitial Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells”


1330 – 1345    Break


1345 – 1435    Guest speaker: Brian Ferguson, Intro by Terry Yau (40 min talk, 10 min Q&A) “Pursuing Surgical Mastery: What a Fighter Pilot, Aerialist Skier, and Jazz Pianist Could Teach You About the OR” and “Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Stress Responses and Interventions in Canadian Cardiac Surgical Residents”

1440 - 1500     Breakout sessions



1500 – 1600    Session 3

                        Chairs: Anson Cheung, Chris Tarola

                        1500 – 1515 Mariam Alboom (McMaster University) “Pick Your Conduit Wisely to Decrease Graft Failure After CABG Surgery”

                        1515 – 1530 Roxanne St. Louis (Laval University) “Trajectories in Cystic Fibrosis and Their Association with Short and Long Term Survival After Lung Transplantation”

                        1530 – 1545 Rodolfo Rocha (University of Toronto) “Variations in Coronary Revascularization Practices and Effect on Long-Term Outcomes”

                        1545 – 1600 Fadi Hage (Western University) “Does Adding An Aortic Root Procedure During Aortic Arch Repair Increase Post-Operative Mortality? Evidence from the Canadian Thoracic Aortic Collaborative”


1600 – 1615    Bobby Yanagawa Cardiac Surgical Jeopardy – audience participation

1615 – 1630    Terry Yau Awards presentation and closing remarks

1630 – 1730    Networking hour (multiple drop-in rooms to meet speakers, discuss topics, etc.)

                        Rooms (Alumni, Paul Fedak, Brian Ferguson, Other Arena Labs personnel, “Ask me anything” rooms, Regional rooms, Miscellaneous chat rooms etc.)


 We are excited to introduce a new resident research competition, which will be open to any resident currently enrolled in a Canadian cardiac surgical residency program. This competition will be held in a live virtual format, on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.

There will be two categories in which residents may submit abstracts, 1) basic / translational and 2) clinical research. Residents are encouraged to submit one abstract each, in a format that will be easy to adhere to as it generally corresponds to CCC submission guidelines.

The entry must adhere to the following specifications:

1. A cover page with the authors, title and institutional affiliations.
2. On a separate page, the title and body of the abstract (maximum 400 words). The abstract and title may not contain any reference to the authors or originating institution.
3. One figure, table or photograph.
4. A letter from the program director, confirming that a) the resident is currently enrolled in their residency training program, b) the majority of the work described in the abstract was performed by the resident. This letter may be submitted separately, before the meeting.
5. The title, body of the abstract and the figure, table and photograph should be submitted together as a single pdf file, but separate from the cover page and PD’s letter.
6. The work may not have been previously published in manuscript form, but work that has been previously presented as an abstract is eligible. In addition, because presentation at the competition will not preclude subsequent presentation at a national/international meeting, this is an excellent forum to get constructive feedback and tune up your talk.
7. Each resident may only submit one abstract.
8. To facilitate submissions from all programs across the country, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, 31 December 2020. Please forward the complete submission package to Julie Wei (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The deidentified abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty surgeons from across Canada. The top-ranked abstracts in each category (basic/translational and clinical) will be invited to present their work at the virtual competition, which will also feature notable faculty speaking on topics of relevance to Canadian training programs. The first-place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $1500, while the runners-up will receive a prize of $1000.

We are anticipating a host of submissions that will showcase the breadth and depth of the research being performed by residents across Canadian training programs.

We are pleased to have two thought-provoking guest speakers. Dr. Paul Fedak, MD PhD, Professor and Academic Head of Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary, and the Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute, will be speaking on how to build a successful academic career in Canada with a provocative talk entitled, "The Surgeon-Scientist is Dead... Long Live the Surgeon-Scientist!".

Brian Ferguson, CEO of Arena Labs and a former Navy SEAL, will be speaking on parallels between cardiac surgery and special operations, both of which are high-stakes, high-intensity situations requiring performance at a high level under significant stresses.

We will have a special session on quantitative and qualitative analysis of experiences of stress in Canadian cardiac surgical residents, followed by interactive breakout sessions.

The meeting will be of interest to faculty surgeons, residents and fellows across the country and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be a networking session after the presentations conclude.

We anticipate that this scientific day will be an excellent way for trainees to gain additional exposure in an academic forum, obtain thoughtful and constructive advice on their research projects, and network with other residents, fellows and faculty surgeons, as well as to interact with provocative guest speakers.



Contact Us

  • Chair: Dr. Terrence Yau
  • Divisional Program Administraton: Julie Wei

Toronto General Hospital
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