What really drives me is figuring out a new treatment or medical strategy for patients so that they have long term better outcomes. What’s important to me is how patients feel, keeping them out of hospital and keeping them alive longer with a good quality of life.
Cardiologist Dr. Justin A. Ezekowitz obtained his Bachelor of Science degree (honours in Zoology) at the University of Alberta and completed his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he earned an Honours Degree. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and returned to Canada to do a heart failure fellowship and research training. He completed a MSc in clinical epidemiology at the University of Alberta’s Department of Public Health Sciences, as well as a cardiology fellowship at the University of Alberta. He is professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology.
Leadership and Collaborations
Dr. Ezekowitz is co-director of the Canadian VIGOUR Centre at the University of Alberta. He oversaw the operations of five new heart failure clinics across Alberta to increase access to speciality services. He co-chairs the initiative on a heart failure care pathway as part of Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Networks He is was the chair of the 2017 Heart Failure Guidelines of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and has worked on the guidelines for the Heart Failure Society of America, European Society of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. He is involved with the Canadian CardioVascular Research Collaborative, and the CardioVascular Clinical Trialists.
Dr. Ezekowitz has won several awards for his mentorship of cardiology trainees, including the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Tier II Mentoring Award, and has graduate students across a spectrum of training levels from undergraduate through PhD training.
Dr. Ezekowitz’s research focuses on acute and chronic heart failure in people with heart “pump” problems or end-stage heart disease. He is involved in numerous clinical trials in heart failure at the local and international levels to identify new treatments or strategies of care. He is also co-director of the Canadian VIGOUR Center, where he is involved in population health, machine learning, pragmatic trials, nested registries and international clinical trials. He has authored several book chapters in medical textbooks and over a hundred publications in his field. He is an associate editor of Circulation, American Heart Journal and the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, as well as a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journal focusing on cardiology. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter at international conferences and panels related to clinical trials and heart failure.
Dr. Ezekowitz’s research receives support from local, provincial and national research funding bodies as well from global industry. He is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, University Hospital Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Servier Alberta Innovation in Health Fund (2018). He was named a Royal Society of Canada College Member in 2017.
atrial fibrillation, heart failure, intervention, pragmatic clinical trials, randomized control trials, salt restriction
Dr. Ezekowitz is a cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, focused principally on heart failure, and works at the Heart Function Clinic.