Every year, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) acknowledges one individual from across the nation for their excellence in teaching over the long term in any of the cardiovascular fields. The 2009 Distinguished Teacher Award will be presented to Dr. Israel Belenkie at the 2009 CCS Awards Reception the evening of October 25th during the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Dr. Belenkie, or Sonny as he is known by those close to him, was the first full-time cardiologist at the University of Calgary in 1973. His involvement with training has been virtually continuous since that time and has always been seen as exemplary by those whom have had the privilege of being his students. His passion for his craft and for the patient is almost legendary.
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