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St. Michael’s cardiologist receives Heart and Stroke Foundation’s highest honour

Toronto, March 26, 2013

Dr. Anthony Graham
Dr. Anthony Graham
Dr. Anthony Graham, a cardiologist and director of the Robert McRae Heart Health Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital, is the 2012 recipient of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Award of Merit.

The Award of Merit is the foundation’s highest honour. Dr. Graham, who has been involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation since 1976, received the award for his many decades of service and support for the foundation’s mission.

Some of his major initiatives include establishing the first CPR training program for the general public in Canada and developing Ontario’s 9-1-1 system. Currently a member of the foundation’s board, Dr. Graham has also been a leading fundraiser – including raising over $12,000 this year as a door-to-door canvasser.

Previously chief of cardiology at Wellesley Central Hospital, Dr. Graham has been an outstanding member of the St. Michael’s team since joining the hospital in 1998.

His contributions include developing the Robert McRae Heart Health Unit, championing a wide range of quality initiatives and being the founding chair of the quality care committee. As chair of the clinical records committee, he led the implementation of the Sovera System to store patients’ old charts electronically.

Dr. Graham’s impressive talent for fundraising has also been a major boost to St. Michael’s. He has raised millions in contributions, including a recent, anonymous $2 million donation to establish the hospital’s trauma chair and support hospital-wide quality initiatives.

Among his other awards, Dr. Graham became a member of the Order of Canada in 2002.