Dr. Abhinav Sharma will join a prestigious group focused on digital health and cardiovascular disease

The 2023 Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders cohort, which includes candidates from 19 countries across five continents, has been announced by the World Heart Federation. This year, Abhinav Sharma, MD, PhD, a junior scientist in the Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), was selected to participate.

The World Heart Federation created the WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme to form and develop a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research, and act to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease globally. The program, designed by Dr. Salim Yusuf in 2014, provides training and networking opportunities in cardiovascular health policy and implementation research for healthcare practitioners, researchers and global health advocates.

Focusing on a different priority area each year, the objective of the training module is to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.4. This expert community has so far tackled issues including secondary prevention, tobacco control, access to essential medicines, and diabetes and infectious diseases.

The 2023 cohort marks the program’s ninth year and will focus on digital health and cardiovascular disease, in such areas as coronary heart disease, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Sharma has developed a strong research program in the field of digital health, with a focus on how to optimize health behaviours in order to improve outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Congratulations, Dr. Sharma!