CSANZ 2019

Teresa Kieser

Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular (CVT) Surgeon, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, University of Calgary, Canada

Teresa M. Kieser, MD, PhD is a Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular (CVT) Surgeon, Associate Professor at Foothills Medical Centre at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, University of Calgary. She was board certified in General Surgery in Canada and USA in 1985 and in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in 1986 in Canada. 

Immediately upon completion of residency, she started the Cardiac Surgery Program at Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary in Jan 1988 performing the first heart surgery on Sept 12, 1988. Her areas of interest include total arterial revascularization, predominantly with bilateral internal mammary arteries (BIMA), skeletonization with harmonic technology, and intraoperative assessment of graft patency with transit-time flow measurement (TTFM) and epicardial ultrasound (ECUS) as well as off-pump CABG. Her papers are referenced in multiple international guidelines from Europe, United Kingdom and North America. 

She receives invitations to speak internationally as well as to operate – in Astana and Almaty Kazakhstan, and in Varna, Bulgaria to demonstrate and teach BIMA grafting. She defended her PhD thesis, ‘Building a Better Bypass with Emphasis on Bilateral Internal Mammary Grafting’, on Oct 8, 2015, at Erasmus University, Rotterdam under Promotor Prof. dr. A.P. Kappetein. She teaches for the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Academy for Skills Program in Level 1 (Professional Sessions at Annual Meetings), in Level 2 (the Fundamentals Courses in Windsor, England) and is a Level 4 instructor for visiting surgeons to Calgary from around the world to learn BIMA grafting techniques.

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