Dr. Salim Yusuf MD, DPHIL, MRCP

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Salim Yusuf Dr.
Executive Director

Current Positions

  • Executive Director – Population Health Research Institute
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario / Marion W. Burke Chair in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Professor – Department of Medicine
  • Joint Member, Dept of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics


Salim Yusuf, Professor of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University and Chief Scientist, Hamilton Health Sciences.

Salim Yusuf is an internationally renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist, whose work over 35 years has substantially influenced prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Medically qualified in Bangalore 1976, he received a Rhodes Scholarship and obtained a DPhil from Oxford, during which he (along with Richard Peto and Peter Sleight) initiated the concepts of large, simple trials, and meta-analysis.

He holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Chair and has received (among others) the Lifetime Research Achievement award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society; the Paul Wood Silver Medal of the British Cardiac Society; the European Society of Cardiology gold medal. He has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame; been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award in 2014.

He has published over 800 articles in refereed journals, rising to the second most cited researcher in the world for 2011. He is President of the World Heart Federation, where he is initiating an Emerging Leaders program in 100 countries with the aim of halving the CVD burden globally within a generation.


  • Bariatric Registry
  • Hope 3
  • IMPI
  • Pure

Publications are listed in chronological order by descending date. Link takes user to pubMed for publication details.