NAME: Dr. Justin Ezekowitz, MB, BCH, MSc, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
AHFMR Population Health Investigator, CIHR New Investigator
Director, Heart Function Clinic
Division of Cardiology, University of Alberta
ROLE IN ALBERTA HEART: Diagnostic and Risk Assessment Research Group – Project Leader of Alberta HEART
RESEARCH INTEREST AS IT PERTAINS TO ALBERTA HEART:
Dr. Justin Ezekowitz obtained his undergrad medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, achieving an honors degree. He completed his medical residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas, Texas. He then returned to Canada to do a heart failure fellowship and research training with Dr. Paul Armstrong and Dr. Finlay McAlister. He completed a Masters of Science in clinical epidemiology at the University of Alberta Public Health Sciences and cardiology fellowship at the University of Alberta. He is currently on faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology. He is the Director of the Heart Function Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. He is a Population Health Investigator of AHFMR and a New Investigator of the CIHR.
His research focus is on heart failure. He is involved in numerous clinical trials in heart failure both at a local investigator initiated level as well as a multicenter international trials. Primary interests include clinical research into heart failure with a preserved systolic function, population health of heart failure, devices in heart failure, and novel processes of care for acute heart failure.
Dr. Ezekowitz is involved with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society on the Heart Failure Consensus Conference, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
One-year mortality rates for heart failure remain high (25-40%).
22% of hospitalizations in Alberta for heart failure occur in rural hospitals.
500,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with heart failure.
Heart failure is at epidemic levels in most developed countries.
80,000 Albertans have been diagnosed with heart failure.
Diastolic heart failure occurs when the heart fails to relax properly between heartbeats.
Systolic heart failure occurs when the heart does not contract properly.
Heart failure is a progressive condition where the heart weakens and cannot pump blood efficiently for the needs of the body.