Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Merril Knudtson, Professor of Cardiac Sciences and Medicine at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, will be admitted into the Order of the University of Calgary (OTUC) on Thursday, May 13, 2010.
In 1981, Knudtson completed a three-year fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Atlanta’s Emory University with Dr. Andreas Gruentzig. He returned to Calgary to perform the first coronary angioplasty in Southern Alberta.
He is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and was a student in the University’s third medical class (1972 to 1975).
His career now spans more than three decades and his accomplishments have earned him praise and respect worldwide. Knudtson started southern Alberta’s program for catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases including an innovative program for more timely treatment of heart attack victims. Suddenly, thousands of patients were presented with new non-surgical treatment options.
Thanks to Knudtson, Calgary was soon an international training centre, attracting trainees from around the globe and advancing angioplasty’s scope of practice.
An innovator through his professional life, Knudtson has major research achievements particularly in the area of improving care through effective use of health information. The most noted is monitoring and tracking the health outcomes of more than 140,000 cardiac patients through the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH). APPROACH is the largest database of its kind in the world.
In the many years Knudtson has spent at the U of C, he has always had the University’s and the community’s best interests at heart, promoting both in his extensive travels.
Congratulations Dr. Knudtson!
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