Our Team

Dr. Saul Isserow
Dr. Saul IsserowMedical Director
Medical Director of SportsCardiologyBC Graduated University of Witwatersrand in 1986. General Practice in Saskatchewan. Specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Sask. FRCPC (Internal Med.) in 1994, followed by FRCPC (Cardiology) in 1996. He is the Director of the VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health as well as the Director of Cardiology Services at UBC Hospital. Regional Lead for Cardiac Rehabilitation, Vancouver Coastal Health. Dr. Isserow Received Master Teacher awards from Dept. of Anaesthesia in 2003 and 2013 and from Dept. of Medicine in 2010, People’s Choice Award VGH Medical Staff in 2000 and Vancouver Coastal Health Annual Award for Clinical Excellence in 2008. He was Cardiology Lead for the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010.
Dr. Brett Heilbron
Dr. Brett HeilbronClinical and Invasive Diagnostic Cardiologist
Undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and then practiced as a rural family physician in Newfoundland and Manitoba for 4 years. He completed Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at the University of British Columbia in 1995. He is currently a Clinical and Invasive Diagnostic Cardiologist at St. Pauls’ Hospital, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. His interests include valvular heart disease, noninvasive cardiac imaging, and information technology.
Dr. Jack Taunton
Dr. Jack TauntonDirector of Sports Medicine
MSc, MD, FACSM, Dipl Sport Medicine (CASEM): Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has a clinical practice in sports medicine at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre where he was the director for over 25 years after co-founding the Centre in 1979. Thirty years ago he co-founded Sportmed BC while president of the Sports Medicine Council of Canada. He is very involved in clinical and exercise medicine research with a keen interest in overuse injuries, injury prevention and concussions in sport. He is the Director of Sports Medicine for Fortius Sport and Health. He is on the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. He was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and CMO for Canada at the Sydney Olympics, two Pan American and two World Student Games. Dr. Taunton works with distance runners, cyclists, triathletes and other athletes both as doctor and coach. He was the Women’s Team Physician and Association Coordinating Physician for Field Hockey Canada for over 25 years. Dr. Taunton was the Team Physician for the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA Team during its time in Vancouver. He was co-founder of the Vancouver Marathon, the Vancouver Sun Run and most recently the UBC Grand Prix of Cycling. He has been a competitive runner, completing over 60 marathons. He continues to run and race and he cycles and enjoys cross-country skiing. He was inducted into the BC Athletics Sports Hall Of Fame and the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame and was named to the Globe and Mail 2012 Power 50. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Dr. Anthony Della Siega
Dr. Anthony Della SiegaRegional Lead - Vancouver Island
SportsCardiologyBC Regional Lead – Vancouver Island. Staff Interventional Cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and of the Interventional Fellowship program at the Royal Jubliee Hospital. Board member and Director at Victoria Heart Institute Foundation. Dr. Della Siega received his MD and completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology residencies at the University of British Columbia followed by his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Della Siega has a strong presence in the athletic community, being an active hockey player and coach as well as board member of the Victoria Racquet Club Minor Hockey Association.
Dr. Kevin Pistawka
Dr. Kevin PistawkaRegional Lead - Interior British Columbia
SportsCardiologyBC Regional Lead – Interior British Columbia. Chief, Division of Cardiology, Kelowna General Hospital(KGH) and Medical Director and founding member of C.O.A.C.H. (Central Okanagan Association for Cardiac Health) Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. He completed under graduate and medical school training at the University of British Columbia (1986). Rotating internship was completed at Ottawa Civic Hospital (1987) and additional house officer training in New Zealand (1987-89). He finished Internal Medicine residency at UBC (1992) and subsequent Cardiology sub-specialty training completed in 1995. He has been working in Kelowna for past 2 decades practicing general cardiology including diagnostic angiography, echocardiography, CCU, pacer clinics, cardiac rehabilitation and office consultations. Other activities include UBC Associate professor, Continuing Medical Education teaching for rural GP’s and a KGH Foundation Board Director. He has been involved in multi-center clinical trial research, having been a co-investigator in over 20 multi-center trials of various cardiac medications and clinical devices. Has completed Level 1 Coaching certificate and have been involved with youth sports teams as soccer coach (> 15 teams) and hockey assistant coach &/or trainer ( > 20 teams). He enjoys the Okanagan recreation with his spouse and 4 kids including golf, cross-country/downhill and water -skiing, hockey and road-biking.
Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani
Dr. Shubhayan Sanatanipediatric cardiac electrophysiologist
A pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist at the Children’s Heart Centre at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital (BCCH) and Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia. His primary focus is the care of patients with arrhythmias and cardiac rhythm devices. Dr. Sanatani completed his medical degree at UBC after completing an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. His Pediatrics Residency was at Queen’s University with a Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at BCCH. He completed his subspecialty training in Electrophysiology at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Dr. Sanatani has a clinical and research focus in electrophysiology and has a special interest in supraventricular tachycardia, post-operative arrhythmias, and sudden death. He is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society Research Committee, the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society Executive, as well as the Canadian and American Sudden Arrhythmic Death Society Medical Advisory Boards. He continues to be a local advocate for placement of AEDs in schools
Dr. Janet McKeown
Dr. Janet McKeownDirector of UBC Health Clinic
A family and sports medicine MD. Director of UBC Health Clinic and team physician for Swimming Canada. Janet also provides primary care for athletes from other sports including soccer, sailing, weight lifting, triathlon and cycling. Janet has a strong interest in the area of screening ECGs.
Dr. Darren Warburton
Dr. Darren Warburtonco-Director of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit at UBC
York University, BA and M.Sc. (Kinesiology and Health Sciences) and a Ph.D. (Cardiovascular Physiology, Physical Education from UofA) 2000. He is the co-Director of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit at UBC. He is the founder and director of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory at UBC and was the director of the Sport Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 2010) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Darren is a lead investigator in the Top Secret Own the Podium program, and oversees the training and assessment of high performance athletes from various sports. He is also co-director of the Physical Activity Support Line and led the development of the new Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+) and the new electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+).
Dr. Warburton’s research spans the spectrum of elite athletic performance, childhood health, quality of life in the elderly, and the treatment of patients with chronic disease and/or disability (including individuals with heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and spinal cord injury). He has published extensively including over 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. For further information on Dr. Warburton and his research program please visit www.healthandphysicalactivity.com.
Dr. Jimmy McKinney
Dr. Jimmy McKinney
Dr. Jimmy McKinney received an M.D. from the University of Toronto, M.Sc. in Biochemistry, and B.Sc. in genetics from the University of Western Ontario. He completed Internal Medicine and Cardiology fellowship at the University of British Columbia and subspecialty fellowship in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is completing a sports cardiology fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and has done sports cardiology training in Rome and London, UK. Dr. McKinney’s research interests include pre-participation screening of young and Masters athletes, the chronic effects of exercise, and medical education.
Dr. Zachary Laksman
Dr. Zachary Laksman
Dr. Laksman is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at St. Paul’s and Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Laksman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and the Charles Kerr distinguished scholar in Cardiovascular Genetics.  Dr. Laksman holds grant support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Stem Cell Network for his work on the genetics of heart rhythm and heart muscle disturbances. Dr. Laksman has a clinical focus on arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, sudden cardiac death, sports cardiology, implantable and wearable monitoring technology, and cardiac ablation and device procedures.
Dr. Mike Wilkinson
Dr. Mike Wilkinson
Dr. Mike Wilkinson

Clinical Assistant Professor practicing sports and rehab medicine in Vancouver with a major interest in preventive screening and exercise in medicine. He graduated at University of Witwatersrand in 1987, holds the CASM Diploma in Sports Medicine and an MBA, Queens University. He is the CMO for the Canadian Rowing team, a team physician for the Vancouver Canucks, Canadian and BC senior Rugby Teams, was a physician for the Canadian 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams and the Canadian CMO for the 2007 Canadian Pan Ams team. He was the Director of medical services for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic games, is a member of the international rowing medical commission (FISA) and serves as a member of the SMCBC and Own the Podium board of directors.

Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski
Dr. Andrew Ignaszewski
Dr. Ignaszewski received his medical training in Poland. He came to Canada in 1983 and completed Internal Medicine training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to University of Alberta where he finished Adult Cardiology training. He was recruited for medical leadership of a premier cardiac rehabilitation and prevention program at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia in 1994. He is Physician Program Director, Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital, Head, Providence Healthcare Division of Cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital, Medical Director of Heart Function Clinic, St. Paul’s Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of British Columbia Dr. Ignaszewski’s research interests are cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, heart failure and patient outcomes following various cardiovascular interventions. He has published 77 papers and 128 abstracts in these areas. Dr. Ignaszewski is also involved in the teaching of medical students and medical residents at St. Paul’s Hospital. He has received teaching awards from the University of British Columbia such as Best Teacher during a clinical rotation, Excellence in Clinical Teaching Skills and Teacher of the Year Awards. He has also received an award for Excellence in health Promotion from BC Medical Association and publication award for original research.
Dr. Michael Luong
Dr. Michael Luong
Currently a Cardiology Fellow at UBC, following the completion of his residency in Internal Medicine also at UBC. Obtained his BSc. in Biochemistry from UBC and his MD from the University of Toronto. He is interested in cardiovascular rehabilitation and heart failure.
Dr. Andrew Krahn
Dr. Andrew Krahn
Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UBC, Dr Krahn received his MD from the University of Manitoba. His clinical expertise is in the inherited heart arrhythmia and arrhythmia device management. Current research interests include investigation of genetic causes of arrhythmias, causes of loss of consciousness and implantable arrhythmia device monitoring. He has research funding by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. His research has been widely published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals all over the world with 245 papers and 290 abstracts. He is the Deputy Editor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and sits on the Editorial Board of Heart Rhythm and the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. Dr. Krahn is affiliated with several professional associations including the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Heart Rhythm Society. He is a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Council, and the Scientific Program Chair for the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (2012. 2013). He has recently relocated to UBC in Vancouver as the Sauder Family Chair and Chief of Cardiology, and the Paul Brunes Chair in Heart rhythm Disorders.
Dr. Carolyn Taylor
Dr. Carolyn Taylor
Dr Carolyn M Taylor, MD, MPH is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Divisions of Cardiology at St Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. With fellowship training in Preventative Cardiology (Harvard University) and Cardiac CT Angiography (Massachusett’s General Hospital), Dr Taylor is actively involved in clinical and research activities in these fields. Dr Taylor focuses her clinical time in the Healthy Heart cardiac rehabilitation program at St Paul’s and Vancouver General Hospitals and in the Prevention at St Paul’s Hospital. Additionally, Dr Taylor works in the advanced cardiac imaging department and cardiac intensive care unit at St Paul’s Hospital. Prior research training includes a Masters of Public Health (2008) from Harvard University and completion of the UBC Clinical Investigator’s Program (CIP 2009). Dr Taylor is currently involved as a co-investigator and primary investigator of numerous research studies in the areas of non-invasive imaging, cardiac prevention and exercise testing.
Dr. Christopher Fordyce
Dr. Christopher Fordyce
Received an M.D. from McGill University, M.Sc. in Physiology from the University of Toronto, and a B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Queen’s University. He is a Cardiology Fellow at the University of British Columbia, where he also completed training in Internal Medicine. He is interested in cardiovascular outcomes research.
Dr. Hamed Nazzari
Dr. Hamed Nazzari
Completed his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology at UBC where he was awarded the NSERC and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Doctoral Fellowships. He subsequently was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation for Research. He completed his MD at the University of Toronto, continuing his research interests in the field of Cardiac Physiology. Currently, he is an Internal Medicine Resident in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
Faisal Aziz
Faisal Aziz
BHSc, MHA. Undergad major was in the area of Medical Informatics followed by a Masters in Health Administration. Project manager for Cardiology at VGH and the Operations manager at VGH & UBC Cardiovascular clinic. He is the Operations Lead for SportsCardiologyBC.
Daniel Lithwick
Daniel Lithwick
Project Administrator for SportsCardiologyBC. Recently completed a Masters in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia, in addition to holding a BSc. from McGill University. Worked as an emergency first aid responder for Magen David Adom ambulances in Israel and has volunteered for health clinics and NGOs in Quebec, B.C., England and Cambodia. Former member of Canadian national soccer team at the Maccabiah Games.
Barb Morrison
Barb Morrison
Project and research coordinator for SportsCardiologyBC Currently pursuing her masters in Experimental Medicine at UBC. Received her BHK, Exercise Science from UBC and has her ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification. She works as a Cardiac Rehab Personal Trainer at VGH and has worked as a sports and conditioning coach with athletes of all levels and varying sports. Her interests include screening ECGs and working with athletes of various levels and sports who have cardiovascular conditions.