Dr. Mark Kearns, a resident cardiovascular surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital and PhD candidate, has been awarded the very first Robert Hayden Research Fellowship. This fellowship was established by Cardiac Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and is administered by the BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health (ICVHealth) to promote cardiovascular outcomes research to improve care in BC. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a partner, administering the award selection process and overseeing a formal peer review process conducted by a national Scientific Review Committee.
Dr. Kearns is presently a PhD candidate in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a researcher with the UBC Centre for Heart Lung & Innovation. His project will examine how sternal wound complications can be prevented in high-risk patients undergoing open heart surgery.
Dr. Kearns will work collaboratively with ICVHealth's team of PhD-trained epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and knowledge translation experts to successfully execute his research project.
The award is funded by Cardiac Services BC and provides a stipend of up to $50,000 per year for three years plus a travel allowance to support a post-doctoral fellow using Heart Information System (HEARTis) data in their research project. HEARTis is Cardiac Services BC’s data registry, and is the first province-wide cardiac information system in Canada to support clinical care, quality assurance and improvement, and outcome-based research.
The award was established in honour of Dr. Robert Hayden, the head of cardiac surgery at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC and a clinical professor in UBC’s Division of Cardiovascular Surgery for more than 25 years. Dr. Hayden was a pioneer in recognizing the importance of utilizing health information to guide and improve clinical practice, and played an instrumental role in the development of the provincial registry for cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology, now known as HEARTis.
Kearns, Mark (University of British Columbia)
Sternal Closure Technique in Patients at High-Risk of Developing Sternal Wound Complications: A Study of Cardiac Surgery Patients in British Columbia.