Executive Committee

John Cairns

John Cairns, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (Lond), FCAHS, FACC is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is a cardiologist whose research has focused on the modification and non-invasive measurement of myocardial infarct size in humans and dogs, antithrombotic therapies for acute ischemic syndromes and for atrial fibrillation, and post-myocardial infarction arrhythmias.

He has over 160 peer-review publications and co-edits the textbook “Evidence-Based Cardiology”. He practiced cardiology for many years in Ontario, focusing on acute coronary care and invasive cardiology. He has held a number of academic leadership roles, including Co-ordinator of the Hamilton Regional Cardiovascular Program (1979-88), Chair of Medicine, McMaster University (1988-96) and Dean of Medicine, UBC (1996-2003), where he worked closely with UBC and the provincial government to build the rationale and plans for the two-fold expansion of the Medical School in partnership with the Universities of Victoria and Northern BC.

 He is currently co-chair of the Steering Committee of CANNeCTIN, a Canadian and international clinical trials network recently funded by CFI and CIHR and headquartered at McMaster University. He is the president-elect of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.