June 9, 2004

Head of Cardiac Sciences Program Hired

International Leader in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery to head up new Winnipeg Program.

Dr. Alan Menkis has been hired as the head of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's new Cardiac Sciences Program.

Dr. Menkis comes to Winnipeg from the London Health Sciences Centre where he is the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery. He is also currently a Professor of Surgery at The University of Western Ontario.

"We're thrilled to have someone with Dr. Menkis's background and experience head up our program," Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, said.

"His experience in cardiac surgery and minimally invasive and robotic surgeries makes him the perfect choice for the position."

Dr. Menkis was born and raised in Toronto and completed his Degree in Dental Surgery in Toronto. He achieved his MD from McMasters in Hamilton and did postgraduate training in cardiovascular research, internal medicine, and surgery in Hamilton and at Memorial University in Newfoundland. He received cardiac surgical training at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Dr. Menkis currently sits on the Clinical Trials Committee of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is the former Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Western Ontario and the London Health Sciences Centre. He is Past President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and Past President of the Canadian Society for Transplantation.

It is expected Dr. Menkis will take up his position with the WRHA early this fall.

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