Heart Institute Names New Chief of Prevention and Rehabilitation

First woman to hold position of Division Chief in Institute’s history

OTTAWA, May 1, 2017 — The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Thais Coutinho as the new Chief of its Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, and Chair of its Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre. Appointed for a 5-year mandate, Dr. Coutinho succeeds Dr. Andrew Pipe and is the first woman appointed as a Division Chief in the Heart Institute’s history.

A cardiologist, Dr. Coutinho received her MD from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2004. Shortly after, she moved to Rochester, Minnesota, to pursue her training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, advanced Echocardiography, and research at the Mayo Clinic. She has received numerous awards, including the Canadian Cardiology Society’s Young Investigator Award in Clinical Research, the American Heart Association’s Young Investigator and Women in Cardiology Awards, the American College of Cardiology’s Young Investigator Award (2nd place), Mayo Clinic’s SummerSkill Research Award and the Mayo Clinic’s Cardiovascular Division Outstanding Achievement Award. 

“At the helm of our world-renowned Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, Dr. Coutinho’s outstanding expertise and research excellence will bring her entire team and our great program to new heights ” said Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO of the Heart Institute. “I want to thank Dr. Andrew Pipe for his unwavering dedication and the great influence he has had at the Institute over the years. His remarkable leadership has undoubtedly contributed to making Canadians healthier.”

“It is with great pride and honour that I accept this position. Home to the renowned Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, the Prevention and Rehabilitation Division has a tradition of excellence and innovation, said Dr. Thais Coutinho. I will continue the great mission undertaken by Dr. Pipe and work relentlessly alongside our amazing team in promoting and advocating for cardiovascular health and wellness across the world.”

Dr. Andrew Pipe will continue on at the Heart Institute, and further his research as Principal Investigator.

The Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute provides state-of-the-art approaches to the prevention of cardiac disease: preventing patients from having additional cardiac events and helping patients return to their lives following cardiac events and procedures. Our programs are informed and enhanced by our ongoing research activities. Our Prevention & Wellness Centre provides a variety of resources and programs to our patients and their families.

Video: Meet Dr. Thais Coutinho, the Heart Institute’s new Chief of Prevention and Rehabilitation



Vincent Lamontagne
Director, Corporate Communications
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
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