Dr. Zachary Laksman (Division of Cardiology) Named One of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40

Dr. Zachary Laksman, Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Division of Cardiology, has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2019.

Dr. Laksman is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist and the Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Atrial Fibrillation Clinic and the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic. He specializes in managing heart rhythm disorders, including heart rhythm surgeries and devices. He focuses on stem cell disease modeling and drug screening, cardiogenetics, and personalized medicine.  He holds the Inaugural Dr. Charles Kerr distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Genetics and a Health Professional Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

“Zach represents the tip of the spear of a new generation of cardiovascular innovators that will change heart health for the next generation,” says Dr. Andrew Krahn, UBC Head of the Division of Cardiology and a heart-rhythm specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital. “We are extremely proud of his achievement and look forward to his future contributions in this field.”

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40  is an annual recognition of the exceptional achievements of 40 outstanding Canadians under the age of 40. It was founded in 1995 by Caldwell and since then has recognized more than 720 outstanding Canadians.

Dr. Laksman and his peers were selected from over 850 nominees by an independent Advisory Board that included 25 business leaders from across Canada. Honourees were chosen on four key criteria: Vision & Innovation; Leadership; Impact & Influence; and, Social Responsibility.

Providence Health Care’s Heart Rhythm Program provides specialist care and follow-up services to patients with disorders such as atrial fibrillation, while it also provides evaluation and ongoing follow-up care to patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators .

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Laksman on this wonderful achievement!

This story originally appeared on The Daily Scan PHC