University of Alberta - Cardiac Surgery - Edmonton


Program Director

Dr. Steven Meyer


Program Administrator

Ms. Diep Do

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  • We serve one of the largest catchment areas in the world, covering more than six million square kilometres and an incredibly diverse patient population. You will gain first-hand exposure to a wide variety of cases.

  • Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering all facets of cardiac surgery, including thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), minimally invasive surgery, transplant, ventricular assist devices (VAD), congenital (adult and pediatric) and aortic surgery.

  • We are ranked sixth in the world for transplant research, scholarship and training. All teaching and clinical care take place at the world-leading Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

  • Our clinical educators are dedicated to providing a comprehensive surgical experience for trainees, focusing on hands-on surgical training with progressively increased responsibility.

  • We have exceptional research resources available to residents, including the Clinician Investigator Program.

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  • The city offers an excellent cost of living and affordable housing.

  • There is an extensive network of bicycle trails for commuting and leisure activities.

  • The city’s river valley features natural areas, paved and natural trails and amenities. It is considered the largest urban park in Canada, with more than 160 kilometres of maintained pathways and 20 major parks.

  • Edmonton is just a few hours away from the world-famous Rocky Mountains.


Are there fellowships and/ or jobs available for residents who complete this program?

Yes. All of our former residents have been able to arrange excellent fellowships with the guidance and mentorship of their clinical teachers. Examples include Duke University, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Royal Papworth Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario. All trainees have been able to secure desirable employment post-fellowship.

Are there research opportunities available?

Yes. Research is strongly encouraged, and we have numerous academic and financial support options available.

What are the best things about your specialty?

Knowing that you are direct ly improving the course of people’s disease and quality of life through surgical intervention is very gratifying.You will acquire the knowledge, experience and technical expertise to care for the most critically ill patients a physician will ever encounter.

What are the worst things about your specialty?

Caring for critically ill patients can be very difficult to deal with on a personal level. In addition, the length of training can range from six to 10 years following medical school, which is a huge commitment.

How do you see your discipline changing over the next decade?

The landscape of the cardiac surgical field is rapidly changing. Technology continues to evolve, especially in the field of catheter-based surgical procedures, robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgery. There will be increased demands for standard cardiac surgical procedures as the population ages and we expect advances in our ability to operate on older and sicker patients.