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St. Michael’s surgeon named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40

St. Michael’s heart surgeon Dr. Subodh Verma has been named a recipient of the prestigious Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Toronto, June 7, 2010

Dr. Subodh Verma Dr. Subodh Verma

The national program celebrates excellence in Canada leadership and honours Canadians who have achieved great success but have not yet reached the age of 40.

“I am humbled by this award and feel indebted to the many people who work within the team,” said Dr. Verma.

Dr. Verma and his peers were selected from more than 1,200 nominees by an independent advisory board, comprised of 25 business leaders from across Canada.

“Dr. Verma is one of Canada’s pre-eminent clinician-scientists,” said St. Michael’s CEO Dr. Bob Howard. “He is a remarkable individual, whose leadership, innovation achievements and community/volunteer activities continue to make an impact at the local, national and international levels.”

In 2003, Dr. Verma developed a traineeship program in atherosclerosis and was subsequently appointed the Canada Research Chair in Atherosclerosis in 2007. That same year, Dr. Verma launched a one-day program for more than 100 family physicians to provide a hands-on, interactive update on the latest advancements in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Most recently, Dr. Verma was instrumental in the development of a research and educational partnership between St. Michael’s and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, as well as the creation of a specialized heart valve clinic at the hospital for patients with bicuspid aortic valves — the only clinic of its kind in Canada.

“Dr. Verma is an outstanding scientist and a true bench to bedside researcher,” said Dr. Louis Ignarro, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in medicine or physiology. “There is a dire need for people like him who have the insight from the clinic, and can bridge the basic discoveries with avenues to improve the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease.”