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Len Sternberg, MD, FRCPC

Dr Leonard Sternberg is chief of cardiology at Women's College Hospital and director of the Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. He is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

Research and Academic Interests:
Dr. Sternberg's research interests cover the spectrum of ischemic heart disease, ranging from prevention to treatment of disease and ambulatory care. His current research is focused on women and cardiovascular disease. In 2003 he was awarded a CIHR grant (co-applicant) entitled, Evaluation of the Quality of Care for Depression in Cardiac Patients.

Dr. Sternberg was responsible for the development of the Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women's College Hospital, Canada's first cardiac rehabilitation and prevention program designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the female cardiac population. The goal of this program is to enhance adherence, outcome and quality of life through cardiac rehabilitation, which in the past has been one of the most underused interventions in women. The ongoing evaluation of outcomes from the Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative is the major focus of Dr. Sternberg's research efforts.

Dr. Sternberg actively participates in clinical trials on both the international and national levels including the HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) Study of survival in high-risk cardiac patients using vitamin E and an ACE-inhibitor, and the CARS (Coumadin Aspirin Reinfarction Study). As a catheterizing cardiologist at the Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Hospital since 1976, Dr. Sternberg has been involved in angiographic studies, including the assessment of early-graft patency post-bypass and comparison of angioplasty vs. bypass outcomes.

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