Dr. Miriam Shanks received her medical degree from University of Pavol Jozef Safarik in Slovakia. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of British Columbia, and a cardiology residency and adult echocardiography fellowship at the University of Alberta. After a research fellowship in cardiac imaging at the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, Dr. Shanks obtained a PhD with thesis focusing on evolving cardiac imaging techniques and their clinical applications. She was appointed to the Department of Medicine in 2009.
Leadership and Collaborations:
Dr. Shanks is a director of Adult Echocardiography Fellowship program. Under her leadership the program has received accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the Area of Focused Competence (AFC). She serves as a member of the national AFC specialty subcommittee. She served as a director of Cardiology Inpatient Operations (2013-2019). During her appointment numbers of standardized procedures and protocols have been implemented on the cardiology inpatient units designed to improve patient safety and enhance quality and of health care delivery. She also served as chair of Cardiology Divisional Rounds (2009-2013).
Dr. Shanks supervises and mentors cardiology residents and subspecialty fellows. She provides classroom instruction in general internal medicine and on cardiology topics for continuing medical education. She participates in medical student clinical skill sessions and as an examiner for the medical students, residents and fellows. She has developed curriculum for the echocardiography fellowship program and teaches seminars on the advanced topics of echocardiography.
Dr. Shanks’ research has focused on the clinical applications of the novel echocardiography techniques and the assessment of outcomes in patients with heart failure and valvular heart disease using imaging. As co-investigator she has participated in clinical trials and registries that provide evidence of effectiveness of treatments or diagnostic tools for cardiac disorders. She is a supervisor of master’s program students and has served as an examiner for master’s thesis defense.
Dr. Shanks has an extensive publication record with articles and abstracts in such scientific journals as JAMA Cardiology, European Journal of Heart Failure, Circulation Cardiovascular Imaging, Journal of American College of Cardiology, and the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. She has also collaborated on writing national guidelines on indications for cardiac devices in heart failure and served as a reviewer for leading journals.
echocardiography, heart failure, transcatheter valve procedures, valvular heart disease
Since accepting a full time academic cardiologist position at the University of Alberta Hospital and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute in 2009, she has engaged in a busy clinical practice with clinical interests and expertise in echocardiography, heart failure and valvular heart disease. In collaboration with the interventional cardiologists she has served as the lead consulting echocardiographer for the transcatheter mitral and aortic valve procedures. She has been a team member of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Program since its inception in 2010.