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Dr. Howard Leong-Poi appointed Head of Cardiology

Following an international search and on the unanimous recommendation of the search committee, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Howard Leong-Poi as Division Head of Cardiology at St. Michael's Hospital effective January 1, 2011.

Toronto, December 6, 2010

Dr. Howard Leong-Poi Dr. Howard Leong-Poi

Howard obtained his M.D. at the University of Toronto in 1992, and completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training in Toronto in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He then undertook a 3-year research fellowship in Echocardiography at the University of Virginia prior to returning to St. Michael's Hospital in 2002 where he is currently Director of the Echocardiography and Vascular Laboratories and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

His internationally recognized research, supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, focuses on novel applications of contrast-enhanced ultrasound and targeted microbubbles for gene- and cell-based therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular diseases. Howard is also an outstanding teacher and a respected clinician.

We would like to thank Dr. Michael Freeman for providing excellent leadership to the Division over the last year in his capacity as Interim Division Head. His efforts were appreciated by the Division and the Department.