Improving health and patient outcomes Heart & Vessels

The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body and pumps more than 8500 litres of blood every day. The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, major blood vessels and fine arteries that deliver blood to every part of our body.

Doctor and patient Surgeon
  1. 1910

  2. 1920

  3. 1930

  4. 1936

    Dr. Maude Abbott published her ATLAS OF CONGENITAL CARDIAC DISEASE in which she outlined a new classification system for congenital heart diseases

  5. 1940

  6. 1944

    During the Second World War, William T. Mustard served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps where he was the first to use prosthetic glass tubes to repair wounded arteries

  7. 1950

  8. 1951

    Wilfred Bigelow revolutionized the field of cardiovascular surgery yet again

  9. 1960

  10. 1963

    Eventually devoting his career exclusively to cardiac surgery, Mustard’s reputation for medical innovation continued

  11. May 1968

    Canada’s first heart transplant was performed in May of 1968

  12. 1970

  13. 1971

    Dr. Wilbert Keon perfected a life-saving emergency bypass operation that restores blood supply to dying heart muscles

  14. 1976

    The Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre was founded

  15. 1978

    Dr. Naranjan Dhalla led the first Centre of Excellence in Heart Research to be funded by the Medical Research Council of Canada

  16. 1980

  17. 1980

    The MHI oversaw the first coronary angioplasty in Canada

  18. 1983

    Heart transplants successfully resumed at the MHI in 1983

  19. 1984

    The Canadian Journal of Cardiology was created through the efforts of Dr. Dhalla and Dr. Robert Beamish

  20. 1984

    The Ottawa Heart Institute’s first heart transplant was performed by Keon and his team

  21. 1990

  22. 1996

    The Institute of Cardiovascular Science at Saint-Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, was created

  23. 2000

  24. 2010

  25. 2020

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.