Emilie Belley-Côté

We are delighted to announce the appointment of PHRI Investigator Emilie Belley-Côté to our Executive Committee. Her perspectives as an early career researcher and a woman pursuing a career in cardiovascular medicine and research, will enhance the deliberations of the PHRI Executive.

Belley-Côté brings with her great talent in innovation and collaboration; certainly her track record on PHRI studies alone is impressive.

Having worked on our landmark trial, LAAOS III (NEJM, ACC 2021), Belley-Côté co-led its sub-study on surgical atrial fibrillation ablation evaluation, which she presented at ESC 2021.

She is currently co-PI on the PHRI studies, DANCE, LIMIT, REVIVAL, and SAFE – the latter for which she won a PHRI internal grant in 2021.

Her overarching research interests include perioperative cardiac surgery care, knowledge synthesis, and guideline development. Belley-Côté has more than 120 publications, including articles in NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, as well as first-tier critical care journals.

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University, Belley-Côté practices critical care cardiology in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and coronary care unit at the Hamilton General Hospital.

She embodies the spirit of mentorship at PHRI. A long-time collaborator with her mentor, PHRI Scientist Richard Whitlock, Belley-Côté co-supervises (with Whitlock) new PHRI Investigator Rachel Eikelboom in her PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster.

She obtained her MD from Université de Sherbrooke in 2006. After internal medicine and cardiology training, as well as an MSc in Clinical Sciences, Belley-Côté completed a critical care fellowship at McMaster. In 2019, she completed a PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster.

Gratitude to Sonia Anand

PHRI Senior Scientist Sonia Anand has been a member of PHRI since its inception, and a member of our Executive Committee helping to steer PHRI through challenging times. We are pleased to announce that she has taken on an important senior role at McMaster University as the Acting Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion.

Anand will remain a member of PHRI but has requested to step down from the Executive Committee to focus on her new responsibilities. We thank her for her many contributions, and congratulate her on her new position.

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