St. Paul’s welcomes first cardiovascular innovation fellow

June 12th, 2013

An up and coming cardiologist from Israel has joined the team of cardiologists at St. Paul’s as the inaugural International Fellow in Cardiovascular Innovation.

Dr. Danny Dvir began the two-year Fellowship working with St. Paul’s interventional cardiology group in April of this year. In particular, he will be working closely with Dr. John Webb, director of interventional cardiology at St. Paul’s, on the innovative transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI) procedure in which a valve is inserted through a tiny incision as a life-saving alternative to open-heart surgery.

“Transcatheter valve implantation is an amazing research area in which to be involved,” says Dvir, who is excited to have received the Fellowship. “The Heart Centre at St. Paul’s has an outstanding reputation for clinical and procedural excellence, and I am really very happy to be here.”

Dvir is a cardiologist from the Rabin Medical Centre, a prominent medical facility in Israel that is also home to one of the country’s largest heart and lung departments. His prior work there includes acting as the principle investigator on a number of multi-centre studies on the subject of transcatheter valve therapies. He also heads the global registry of valve in valve procedures. Dvir has won several research awards both in Israel and in the international arena.

Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, he trained as an interventional cardiology fellow at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

“I’m at a point in my life where I’m very happy with my line of work,” says Dvir who once studied math and physics. “I considered being a scientist, I considered being a physicist, but in my heart of hearts I want to create things and develop innovative ideas in the medical arena.”

The Fellowship, which is funded by donors to St. Paul’s Foundation, welcomes talented individuals from around the world in the early stages of their careers to train with cardiac professionals at St. Paul’s. It provides an opportunity for present and future leaders in cardiology to learn about cutting-edge technologies and procedures from experts in the field and to collaborate to develop innovative medical treatments.

“Dr. Dvir is very well published and extremely industrious,” says Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, a cardiologist at St. Paul’s who established the Fellowship in conjunction with St. Paul’s Foundation and colleagues at St. Paul’s.

“I think he is an excellent choice to be the first recipient of this Fellowship award given his track record in research to date, his standing in the international academic cardiology community – despite the relatively early stage of career – and his genuine focus on innovation in the cardiovascular field.”

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