Dr. Anatoly Langer, MD, M.Sc., FRCPS(C)
Anatoly Langer MD, M.Sc., FRCPS(C), is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Chair of the Canadian Heart Research Centre in Toronto and the International Centre for Professional Development in Health and Medicine in Montreal. He is a senior partner with over 300 peer reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters and extensive research experience in the conduct of clinical trials who has recently served for two years as an independent consultant on the Canadian Drug Evaluation Committee (CDEC) at CADTH.
Dr. Chris Konstantinou, MD, DABIM
Dr. Konstantinou graduated with Honours from Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1989. He moved to Canada and went on to pursue Specialty training in Internal Medicine at University Health Network (Toronto General) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He completed his Cardiology training at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine then went on to pursue a subspecialty fellowship in Nuclear Cardiology at St. Michael's Hospital.
Dr. Konstantinou is one of the founding members of Cardiomatters and has been in private practice since 1995 and he co-directs the Cardiomatters Medical Imaging Laboratory located at the Steeles site. His clinical interests include the early diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease that includes non-invasive assessment via Stress Echo, Myocardial Perfusion Imaging and CT Angiography with Calcium scoring. Other clinical cardiac conditions of particular interest are Heart Failure (Reduced and Preserved EF), various Cardiomyopathies (Hypertrophic and Dilated) and Congenital Heart Disease. He is a knowledgeable and caring physician who emphasizes patient care and takes great pride in putting his patients at ease while they go through their assessment.
Dr. David Freedman, MD, FRCPC, FACC
It is with deep felt sadness that we inform you that Dr. David Michael Freedman lost his battle with cancer, on September 7, 2019, at home, with his family surrounding him.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to:
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation
Following an undergraduate degree in Physiology completed with honours, Dr. Freedman studied Medicine at McGill University in Montreal graduating in 1989. Subsequently , he completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. This was followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at the Toronto General Hospital between 1989 and 1992. He then completed 2 years of training in Cardiology at the Toronto Hospital from 1992-1994 following which he specialized in non-invasive Cardiology procedures at the Toronto Hospital from 1994-1996. In 1994 he was designated a Cardiology Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. In 1992 and 1995 respectively, he received his certifications in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular disease from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been active as a clinical cardiologist since 1996. He worked at the Toronto General Hospital echocardiography lab and general cardiology clinic from 1996-2011, and has maintained a private practice since 1996 with the Cardiomatters group Thornhill and Markham, Ontario.
In 2012, along with Dr Shari Caplan, he co-founded VitalityMD whose goal is to promote and facilitate the implementation of Healthy Lifestyle choices for people through a program of personalized Medicine as well as a comprehensive variety of exercise, nutrition, meditation and education programs.
Since opening his practice in 1996, Dr Freedman learned to appreciate that in order for his patients to succeed in gaining optimal health, it is essential that they participate in their own wellness. This means that patients need to commit to exploring exercise and dietary programs which help them lose weight and optimize their nutrition. They need to achieve restful sleep, and they need to establish a routine which helps them to de-stress and includes the practice of guided meditation.Consequently, Dr Freedman has always been an advocate of the importance of maintaining good health by living a healthy lifestyle. He recognizes that people must seek the drive to do so for themselves and encourages them to do so.
Dr. David Newman, MD, FRCPC, FACC
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Dr. David Newman is a Cardiologist who also specializes in the treatment of rhythm disorders of the heart. He is an expert in catheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, novel therapies for atrial fibrillation and cardiac implantable devices.
Dr. Newman is currently affiliated with the arrhythmia service at Sunnybrook Hospital, where he does his procedures and assists in teaching cardiac electrophysiology (EP) to cardiologists and cardiologists-in-training. He is and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and is widely regarded as an expert specialist in his field. Dr. Newman received his medical training in Halifax, followed by specialty training in universities in Toronto, San Francisco and Stanford, California. He takes pride in providing prompt and highly expert assessment of patients’ arrhythmia-related concerns, and feels it is time to go ‘from GP to EP’ when needed.
Dr. Shadi Akhtari, MD, FRCPC, FACC
Dr. Shadi Akhtari is a staff cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, and a Clinician in Quality and Innovation, University of Toronto. She specializes in advanced cardiac imaging. Apart from clinical practice of general cardiology and multi-modality cardiac imaging, her other areas of interest are prevention, diagnosis, and management of coronary artery disease, particularly in those with underlying inflammatory disease. She runs the cardio-rheumatology clinic at WCH, directed at improving quality of cardiac care offered to patients with rheumatic disease. She has an interest in development and evaluation of innovative models of care and healthcare delivery, particularly through virtual care.
Dr. Akhtari graduated from Queen’s University School of Medicine and has completed further specialty and subspecialty training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Adult Echocardiography (Level 3 training) at McGill University. She worked as a staff cardiologist at McGill University Health Centre prior to leaving to pursue additional training in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Level 3 training) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, as well as certification in Cardiac Computed Tomography (Level 2 training) from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, she has completed a Master’s degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a diplomate of the National Board of Echocardiography.
Dr. Waseem Hindieh, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Waseem Hindieh is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He received his medical degree from McGill University where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology fellowship training. In addition, he pursued a 2 year clinical/research fellowship in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at Toronto General Hospital as well as a 1 year fellowship in Level III Echocardiography at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is board certified by the National Board of Echocardiography. He currently works as a full time Cardiologist at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, ON affiliated to McMaster University. His interests include general cardiology, valvular
heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and cardiac imaging.
Dr. Anil Yadav, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FHRS
Dr. Anil Yadav is a native of Toronto and obtained his undergraduate education and medical degree at the University of Western Ontario. Thereafter he completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas SouthWestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He further specialized in the field of cardiac electrophysiology by completing his cardiac EP fellowship with his mentor Dr. Melvin Scheinman at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Yadav was recruited thereafter by Dr. Zipes at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Yadav developed a large clinical cardiac electrophysiology practice and rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. He has published over 20 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters and garnered several teaching awards at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society and was a member of the editorial board of the leading journal in cardiac EP Heart Rhythm for over a decade.
Dr. Yadav now returns to his native Toronto and is working at Cardiomatters to continue expanding EP services to patients in York Region. His clinical interests include all aspects of cardiac electrophysiology including implantation and management of cardiac rhythm devices (including pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization devices), catheter ablation of both supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. In addition, a comprehensive cardiology and cardiac EP consultative service will also be developed to serve the growing need of the region and improve access and timely delivery of cardiac care.
Dr. Moshe Weinstock, MD, FACC, RPVI, NBE, CBNC
Following graduation from medical school at Tel Aviv University in 2008, Dr. Weinstock completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Hofstra University, North Shore-LIJ in Queens, New York. Dr. Weinstock went on to pursue a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at SUNY, Buffalo, before finally returning to his roots in Toronto in 2014. Dr. Weinstock maintains courtesy staff privileges at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Weinstock practices community cardiology with a focus on non-invasive imaging. Moshe is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and certified by the National Board of Echocardiography, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, and APCA (formerly ARDMS) credential for Physician's Vascular Interpretation.
Dr. Michael Gollob, MD
Dr. Gollob obtained an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics at the University of Toronto, graduating as a Gold Medalist in 1990. He then entered the field of medicine and is now an arrhythmia specialist and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He also has an appointment in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Gollob’s clinical practice is focused on genetic-based arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy syndromes, including atrial fibrillation, Long QT syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, CPVT, Short QT syndrome, unexplained sudden death, arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Gollob’s research group studies the genetic and physiological basis of sudden death syndromes, the common arrhythmia of atrial fibrillation, and cytoskeletal or metabolic based cardiomyopathy conditions.
His research laboratory has identified genes causative for sudden death and atrial fibrillation, and he has published his research in high impact journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and Nature.
He has Chaired on behalf of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society the first guideline document outlining the appropriate use of genetic testing for cardiac diseases associated with a risk of sudden death.
He is currently the Chair of the National Institutes of Health funded Clinical Genome Resource Channelopathy Working Group which has led to recent publications clarifying the genetic causes of Long QT syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, CPVT and Short QT Syndrome.
Dr. Gollob holds peer-reviewed research funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
Dr Tawfiq Zeidan Shwiri, MD
We are delighted to introduce you our newest cardiologist who has joined CardioMatters at the Steeles and Danforth locations
Dr Tawfiq Zeidan Shwiri is an internist, cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist with over ten years experience at three major city hospitals.
After medical school at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Dr Shwiri completed this internal medicine and cardiology fellowship at Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, Israel. This was followed by a Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship with the Arrhythmia Services Group at Sunnybrook Hospital and the University of Toronto.
Dr Shwiri is also the chief of cardiology at the Moncton city hospital in New Brunswick and an Ass. Prof. Of
Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, and Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John’s, NL.
Dr Shwiri is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and English and will happily provide medical services in any of the three languages.