Dr. Merril Knudtson
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award is Dr. Merril Knudtson!
He is a graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. He studies cardiovascular medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, under the guidance of the developing Father of Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Andreas Gruentzig. Dr. Knudtson returned to Calgary in 1981 to commence the Interventional Cardiology Program. At that time, he completed one of the first coronary angioplasty procedures in Canada, and went on to establish a training program to teach other Cardiology Specialists in Interventional Cardiology. As a result of that pioneering work, he is often considered a Father of Interventional Cardiology in Canada. He created the APPROACH project (Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessments in Coronary Heart Disease) in 1995 and is now one of the world’s largest and most-encompassing cardiac registries which give healthcare providers and patients a clearer picture of how effective certain cardiac procedures or treatments are over time.
He has, over his distinguished career, contributed to new research in the procedures involved in interventional cardiology. A ground-breaking and more lasting influence for the field has been his insight and vision towards measuring and improving medical communication by using data on outcomes to improve the health status of all patients with chronic heart disease.