Dr. Alnoor Abdulla has had a long and illustrious career that has spanned more than three decades.
Born in Tanzania, he moved to Canada and earned his MD from the University of British Columbia.
Fascinated by the heart, the young MD chose a specialty in Cardiology. After medical school, he completed his internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. Fellowship training in Invasive and Nuclear Cardiology took place at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the University of Southern California (USC).
His focus on Cardiology has taken him around the world, garnered a host of awards and accolades, and has allowed him to contribute widely to this branch of science. These contributions include, but are not limited to:
· Acclaimed patient and public education
· Academic positions
· Clinical trials that have furthered the discipline
· Progressive publications, abstracts and presentations
· Working with the Canadian provincial and national governments to update policy
· Cardiac program development work in the global village
Dr. Abdulla’s honours and awards are extensive. Highlights include: recognition as Founder by the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario; Heart of Cardiology Award from The Aga Khan University; Outstanding Service Award from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario; creation of the annual Dr. Abdulla Award with the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Administrative government appointments have helped Dr. Abdulla sculpt policies in Canada, the United States, and Pakistan.
Appointments with the Provincial government of Ontario, Canada:
From 1989 – 1994, he served a variety of roles with this government, as a Member of: the Provincial Cardiovascular Advisory Working Group, the Ontario Ministry of Health; the ACC Governor’s Advisory Group, in Ontario; Cardiology Section Executive: Ontario Medical Association; Ontario’s Adult Cardiac Care Network with the Ministry of Health, Ontario (PACCN). This Committee set policy for cardiac care and co-management in Ontario.
Appointments with the National bodies of Canada:
During the 1990’s, Dr. Abdulla assisted the national Institutions of Canada as a Member or Panelist with: Physician Review Board (Pacemakers) Medtronics of Canada; Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure; Pacemaker Medical Advisory Committee of Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists; Canadian Cardiovascular Society Consensus Conference on Atrial Fibrillation.
Work with the National Institutions of Pakistan:
In the decade of the 1990’s, Dr. Abdulla served as a member on the Editorial Board of Pakistan’s Medical Digest and the Pakistan Heart Journal. He was also a founding member of Pakistan’s Council on Heart Failure.
Work in the United States:
From 1993 – 1994 the doctor was an Executive Member of the Community Practice Task Force, with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and was Governor on the Advisory group for the American College of Cardiology.
He has served in various capacities at hospitals around the world:
· Sudbury Memorial Hospital (SMH): Director of Nuclear Cardiology, and Chief of the Cardiovascular Department; Consultant, Invasive and Non-invasive Cardiology; Established Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory and Pacemaker Clinic; Deputy Chief, Cardiovascular Department; Director, Pacemaker Clinic. Established and directed the Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
· Peterborough Regional Health Center: Cardiology Consultant. Established and directed the Regional Cardiac Catheterization Centre.
· Lancaster Community Hospital (AVHMC, Palmdale Hospitals, California) as Cardiology Consultant.
· The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan: Chief of Cardiology; Professor, Department of Medicine; Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab. He established the Comprehensive Academic Tertiary Care Cardiology Program and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab here.
Further professional contributions to the world of Cardiology have resulted from Dr. Abdulla’s expanse of work with The Aga Khan Health Service, East Africa where he assisted in the planning and development of their Comprehensive, Integrated Cardiac program and Updated Cardiovascular Program Plan.
Contributions made through his private practices include: establishment of Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory at Lancaster / Palmdale; Medical Director and Radiation Safety Officer, Licensed under Atomic Energy Commission of Canada and Ontario Tripartite Nuclear Commission; Facilitating Cardiology Outreach Clinics in remote Ontario regions of Blind River and Elliot Lake.
Private Practice in Cardio-dynamics, Sudbury, where Dr. Abdulla established and ran the major Ambulatory Cardiac Centre, specialized Cardiac Consulting Clinics, and Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab including Echocardiography, Nuclear cardiology and Pacemaker labs