Dr. Heather Ross is an international leader in research, a groundbreaking innovator in heart failure treatment, and a visionary in patient care. A Canadian Medical Hall of Fame honoree and one of Canadian Geographic‘s 100 Great Explorers, Dr. Ross’ life work has been to improve the health and care of those with heart failure. With over 15 years of research experience driving design and development of new technologies such as the “Medly App” and more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Ross stands at the head of her field. At University Health Network, Dr. Heather Ross is Ted Rogers and Family Chair in Heart Function, head of the Ted Rogers Centre of Excellence in Heart Function, and director of Toronto General Hospital’s cardiac transplant program. As a University of Toronto professor of medicine, Dr. Ross is focused on research into mobile health and equitable access to care. She is a dedicated teacher for residents and fellows who have come from across the globe to train with her. A past president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Dr. Ross leads the community of heart failure researchers and healthcare providers in progressive guidelines to improve patient outcomes, individualizing therapy, and increasing quality of life.
Quality of Life (2002 Jul - present)
End of Life: My research interests focus on issues related to end of life in patients with advanced heart failure, specifically targeting care gaps in the end of life care, assessing the impact of the end of life and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) deactivation discussions and trying to understand treatment preferences at the end of life. These studies have advanced my knowledge in areas of qualitative research including the richness of data obtained by qualitative studies. As a result, we have developed a platform of research in Quality of Life addressing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research to better understand the end of life, and how to improve care delivery to patients and caregivers. I continue to pursue research in this area as I believe it profoundly affects patient care. A better understanding of patient preferences and how to realize these will improve care at end of life.
Outcomes Based Research in Heart Failure
One of the most challenging aspects in heart failure is to accurately predict prognosis. Prognosis is of critical importance in heart failure where many independent variables predict outcomes, all of which influence decision making re device therapies, and timing of transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. We have established and maintained a large database that allows us to assess our ability to predict prognosis.
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