Position:
Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone:
work phone: 2505951551
Division:
Cardiology
Address:
Western Cardiology Associates
301 740 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1Z4
Canada
Research Interests:

Cardiac electrophysiology Ablation of arrhythmias Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices – use and programming

Research Summary:

Participation as researcher, protocol development, steering committee member and chair in over 50 different single site and multi-center clinical research protocols.

Education:
University of Alberta, 1986, MD with Distinction
University of Alberta, 1986, BMsc wit Distinction
Affiliations
University of British Columbia, Clinical Assistant Professor 1997
Recent Publications:

Selected out of over 40 Journal Articles

1. Sapp JL , Wells GA , Parkash R , Stevenson WG , Blier L , Sarrazin JF , Thibault B , Rivard L , Gula L , Leong-Sit P , Essebag V , Nery PB , Tung SK , Raymond JM , Sterns LD , Veenhuyzen GD , Healey
JS , Redfearn D , Roux JF , Tang AS. (2016). Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation versus Escalation of
Antiarrhythmic Drugs.The New England journal of medicine. 375(2): 111-21. Co-Author
Published
Refereed?: Yes

2. Sugumar H , Tung M , Lane C , Sterns LD , Novak PG , Leather R. (2016). Ejectable loop recorders?. Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

3. Sterns LD , Meine M , Kurita T , Meijer A , Auricchio A , Ando K , Leng CT , Okumura K , Sapp JL , Brown ML , Lexcen DR , Gerritse B , Schloss EJ. (2016). Extended detection time to reduce shocks is safe in secondary prevention patients: The secondary prevention substudy of PainFree SST.Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. 13(7): 1489-96.
First Listed Author Published Refereed?: Yes

4. Silver MT , Sterns LD , Piccini JP , Joung B , Ching CK , Pickett RA , Rabinovich R , Liu S , Peterson BJ , Lexcen DR , Shock-Less Investigators. (2015). Feedback to providers improves evidence-based implantable cardioverter-defibrillator programming and reduces shocks.Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. 12(3): 545-53.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

5. Auricchio A , Schloss EJ , Kurita T , Meijer A , Gerritse B , Zweibel S , AlSmadi FM , Leng CT , Sterns LD , PainFree SST Investigators. (2015). Low inappropriate shock rates in patients with single- and dual/triple- chamber implantable cardioverter-defibrillators using a novel suite of detection algorithms: PainFree SST trial primary results.Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. 12(5): 926-936.
Last Author Published Refereed?: Yes

6. Essebag V , Joza J , Birnie DH , Sapp JL , Sterns LD , Philippon F , Yee R , Crystal E , Kus T , Rinne C , Healey JS , Sami M , Thibault B , Exner DV , Coutu B , Simpson CS , Wulffhart Z , Yetisir E , Wells G ,
Tang AS. (2015). Incidence, predictors, and procedural results of upgrade to resynchronization therapy: the
RAFT upgrade substudy.Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology. 8(1): 152-8. Co-Author
Published
Refereed?: Yes

7. Shurrab M , Fishman E , Kaoutskaia A , Birnie D , Ayala-Paredes F , Sultan O , Chauhan V , Skanes
A , Parkash R , Morillo C , Janmohamed A , Toal S , Essebag V , Sterns L , Veenhuyzen G , Mangat I , Redfearn D , Philippon F , Connors S , Healey J , Verma A , Crystal E. (2014). Snapshot of adult invasive cardiac electrophysiology in Canada: results of the web-based registry.Journal of interventional cardiac electrophysiology : an international journal of arrhythmias and pacing. 40(1): 93-8.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

8. Manouchehri N , Turner SR , Lockwood E , Sterns LD , Bédard EL. (2014). Esophageal perforation after radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals. 22(9): 1116-8.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

9. Morillo CA , Verma A , Connolly SJ , Kuck KH , Nair GM , Champagne J , Sterns LD , Beresh H , Healey
JS , Natale A , RAAFT-2 Investigators. (2014). Radiofrequency ablation vs antiarrhythmic drugs as first-line treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (RAAFT-2): a randomized trial.JAMA. 311(7): 692-700.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

10. Ayou R , Agarwal S , Tang A , Sterns LD. (2013). A wide complex tachycardia with changing atrial activation sequence.Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE. 36(1): e23-6.
Last Author Published Refereed?: Yes

11. Parkash R , Exner D , Champagne J , Mangat I , Thibault B , Healey JS , Tung S , Crystal E , Simpson
C , Nery PB , Sterns L , Connors S , Cameron D , Verma A , Beardsall M , Wolfe K , Essebag V , Ayala- Paredes F , Sanatani S , Coutu B , Fraser J , Toal S , Philippon F , Tang AS , Yee R , Krahn A. (2013). Failure rate of the Riata lead under advisory: a report from the CHRS Device Committee.Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. 10(5): 692-5.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

12. Scott PA , Sterns LD , Tang AS. (2012). Do patients at high risk of nonsudden cardiac death benefit from prophylactic ICD therapy?. Current opinion in cardiology. 27(1): 1-7.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: No

13. Essebag V , Champagne J , Birnie DH , Verma A , Healey JS , Simpson CS , Kus T , Thibault B , Mangat I , Tung S , Sterns L , Exner DV , Davies T , Coutu B , Crystal E , Stephenson EA , Connors S , Paredes FA , Parkash R , Krahn AD. (2012). Nonphysiologic noise early after defibrillator implantation in Canada: incidence and implications: a report from the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Device Committee.Heart rhythm : the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society. 9(3): 378-82.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

14. Healey JS , Gula LJ , Birnie DH , Sterns L , Connolly SJ , Sapp J , Crystal E , Simpson C , Exner DV , Kus T , Philippon F , Wells G , Tang AS. (2012). A randomized-controlled pilot study comparing ICD implantation with and without intraoperative defibrillation testing in patients with heart failure and severe left ventricular dysfunction: a substudy of the RAFT trial.Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology. 23(12):
1313-6.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

15. Parkash R , Thibault B , Sterns L , Sapp J , Krahn A , Talajic M , Luce M , Yetisir E , Theoret-Patrick P , Wells G , Tang A. (2012). Sprint Fidelis lead fractures in patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy devices: insight from the Resynchronization/Defibrillation for Ambulatory Heart Failure (RAFT) study.Circulation. 126(25): 2928-34.
Co-Author Published Refereed?: Yes

Principal Applicant: Heart and Stroke electrophysiology fellowship funding, Fellowship
Project Description: Evaluate the long term outcome of patients following complete AV
node ablation, and the stability of the residual junctional escape rhythm

Funding Sources:
1991/7 – 1993/6 Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon (The) Total Funding – 80,000 (Canadian dollar)
Funding Competitive?: Yes