Heart & Vascular Program
Our multidisciplinary team consists of individuals from a variety of disciplines. The core team includes physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and administrative staff. In addition to the core team, we also have strong links with professionals in physiotherapy, social work, pastoral care and psychiatry.
The Core Team
Kim Boswell, RN, BScN(c)
Program Coordinator and Nurse Educator
Ramola Bhojwani, B.Sc.Phm., R.Ph.
Yuna Lee, MD, FRCPC
C. Tao Wang, MD, CCFP
MD, CCFP, M.H.Sc.
MD, CCFP (EM)
Shabnam Shahrin Administrative Assistant, Cardiac Rehab
Beth Abramson, MD, FRCPC, FACC
Beth Abramson MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto . She is Director of the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre & Women’s Cardiovascular Health in the Division of Cardiology at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Abramson graduated from the U. of Toronto medical school. She trained in internal medicial in Toronto and completed a fellowship in clinical cardiology at the Ottawa Heart Institute. She completed a research fellowhip funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Corporation of Canada . During her research training, Dr. Abramson initially studied human congestive heart failure and subsequently focused on evaluating issues related to women and heart disease and the role of the female sex hormones on the cardiovascular system. She has training in clinical epidemiology and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto . She holds fellowships in Internal Medicine from the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
She was a primary member of the 2000 CCS Consensus Conference on Women and Ischemic Heart Disease and has been involved in writing guidelines on hormone replacement therapy on behalf of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in collaboration with the SGOC and the HSF. In 2005 she co-chaired Canadian Cardiovascular Consensus Conference on Peripheral Arterial Disease. Dr. Abramson’s activities also include membership on the Admissions Committee for the University of Toronto School of Medicine.
Since 2007, she has been a member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Health Policy and Promotion Committee (HPPAC). She is on the Heart Truth Leadership Council, which led an awareness campaign for women and heart disease at the national level.
Key research interests:
- Prevention of coronary disease in both sexes
- Evaluation of women’s cardiac health needs
- The role of female sex hormones in the cardiovascular system
She spends much time educating the public on heart health and is a national spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Anthony Graham, CM, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Graham did his medical training at Queen's and post-graduate studies in internal medicine and cardiology at McGill and Stanford in California prior to joining the staff of the Wellesley Hospital. He was chief of the division of cardiology at the Wellesley for a number of years prior to coming to St. Michael's in 1998 as director of ambulatory care for the heart and vascular program. He has a long standing interest in heart health education and has been a leadership volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for a number of years. He recently received the Order of Canada for his work in developing pre-hospital care systems for the heart attack victim including public cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and the 911 system. As a clinical cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto he is delighted to be a member of the cardiac rehab team at St. Michael's Hospital.