My major interests are in echocardiography, medical education and global health. I am passionate about learning and enjoy working in a team to improve patient care. My recent interest is in palliative care and improving symptom management in heart failure.
Bibiana Cujec is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Alberta. She obtained her MD from Laval University (1981) and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Saskatchewan (1997). Following her cardiology training, Dr. Cujec joined the Cardiology Division at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and became associate professor of medicine. She joined the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta in 1997, becoming full professor in 2008. Dr. Cujec has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education for the past 25 years, with a growing focus in international medical training. She is currently the director for level 1 and level 2 echocardiography training at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
Leadership and Collaborations
Dr. Cujec is a member of Academics Without Borders. She has served as cardiology residency program director and examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada while at the University of Saskatchewan and undergraduate cardiology block coordinator and internal medicine clerkship coordinator at the University of Alberta. She is past-president of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy. She is a current member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Area of Focused Competency in Echocardiography committee.
Dr. Cujec has been involved in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. In 2010 she began contributing to the development of the undergraduate cardiology curriculum at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal and in 2015 performed a needs assessment for a cardiology training program at Mekelle University in Ethiopia with Academics without Borders.
Dr. Cujec has won several awards for her teaching excellence, including Cardiology Lecturer and Cardiology Teacher of the Year, and Discovery Learning Preceptor Excellence Award. In 2008 she received a Best Doctors in Canada and in 2009 the Canadian Society of Echocardiography Achievement Award.
Dr. Cujec is a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Cardiology and is a member of its editorial board. Her research projects and funding include:
- Canadian Aspirin Trial in Endocarditis. Co-Investigator, Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Grant applicant: Chan KL 1993-1995. $5,000.00
- Medtronic Mosaic Valve Study. Co-Investigator for Saskatoon, 1994-1995. $20,000.00
- Nitric oxide in patients with heart failure. Co-Investigator. Saskatchewan Lung Association. Grant applicants: T. Hurst, D. Johnson. 1995-1996. $20,000.00
- ASTRONOMER study, Statin therapy in of aortic stenosis. CIHR/Astra Zeneca funded. Co-investigator, Grant applicants: Dr. Kwan Chan, Dr. Koon Teo 2002-2009
Her publications include:
- Courneya CA, Cujec B, Joshi M, Dhita R. My heart, my art: a novel Nepali medical student art project and the link to learning. Research and Humanities in Medical Education RHiME, 2017;4:31-41. www.rhime.in published online May 1, 2017
- Parent S, Cujec B. Subclinical hypothyroidism and heart failure: Chicken or egg? Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2018;34:11-12.
- Canadian Journal of Diagnosis: responses to questions
- 2017;34(2) Nonischemic cardiomyopathy
- 2017;34(4) Treating chronic creatine kinase elevation
- 2017;34 (5) Treatment with clopidogrel
- 2017;34(7) 15 Vitamin E supplements and statins
- 2018;35(4) Monitoring heart disease in teens and adults
- 2018;35(4) Ventricular extrasystoles and caffeine control
Echocardiography, heart failure, medical education
Pollick C, Sullivan H, Cujec B, Wilansky S. Doppler color flow imaging assessment of shunt size in atrial septal defect. Circulation, 1988;78:522-528
Pollick C, Cujec B, Parker S, Tator C. Left ventricular wall motion abnormalities in subarachnoid hemorrhage: an echocardiographic study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 1988;12:600-605
Cujec B, Polasek P, Voll C, Shuaib A.Transesophageal echocardiography in the detection of potential cardiac source of embolism in stroke patients. Stroke, 1991;22:727-733
Cujec B, Baltzan M. Large left atrial thrombus.New England Journal of Medicine, 1993;328:771
Cujec B, Polasek P, Mayers I, Johnson D. Positive end expiratory pressure increases right to left shunt in mechanically ventilated patients with patent foramen ovale. Annals of Internal Medicine, 1993;119:887-94
Cujec B, Pandian N. Determination of the severity of aortic stenosis: Echocardiography is the new gold standard. American College of Cardiology Current Journal Review, 1994;3:48-51
McParland C, Resch, EF, Krishnan B, Wang Y, Cujec B, Gallagher CG.Inspiratory muscle weakness in chronic heart failure: role of nutrition and electrolyte status and systemic myopathy. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 1995;151:1101-1107
Cujec B. Formative evaluation of learning for residents in echocardiography. Canadian Association for Medical Education, 1998;9:8
Cujec B, Oancia T, Bohm C, Johnson D. Career and parenting satisfaction among medical students, residents and physician teachers at a Canadian medical school. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2000;162:637-40
Chan KL, Dumesnil JG, Cujec B, Sanfilippo AJ, Jue J, Turek MA, Robinson TI, Moher D. A randomized trial of aspirin on the risk of embolic events in patients with infective endocarditis Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2003;42:775-80
Johnson D, Jin Y, Quan H, Cujec B.Beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/receptor blockers prescriptions after hospital discharge for heart failure are associated with decreased mortality in Alberta, Canada. Journal of the American College of Cardiology,2003 Oct 15;42(8):1438-45
Cujec B, Quan H, Jin Y, Johnson D. Association between physician specialty and volumes of treated patients and mortality among patients hospitalized for newly diagnosed heart failure. American Journal of Medicine, 2005;118:35-44.
Burwash IG, Basmadjian A, Bewick D, Choy JB, Cujec B, Jassal DS, Mackenzie S, Nair P, Rudski LG, Yu E, Tam JW. 2010 Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Society of Echocardiography Guidelines for Training and Maintenance of Competency in Adult Echocardiography. Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2011, July
Debates: TAVR versus Surgical AVR in elderly patient with severe aortic stenosis and DOAC versus warfarin in atrial fibrillation University of Alberta Cardiology Update May 6, 2017
Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians annual conference, Edmonton. Workshop on end of life issues in heart failure June 2, 2017
Pre-conference (PanAfrican Society of Cardiology) TEE workshop, Khartoum, Sudan Oct 6-7, 2017
Echo: The Early Years - From Ice Picks to Dagger-Shaped Envelopes, Canadian Society of Echocardiography, Toronto April 12, 2018