Heather J Ross, BSc, MHSc, MD, FRCPC, FACC

  • Quality of Life (2002 Jul - present)

    End of Life: My research interests focus on issues related to end of life in patients with advanced heart failure, specifically targeting care gaps in end of life care, assessing the impact of end of life and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) deactivation discussions and trying to understand treatment preferences at the end of life. These studies have advanced my knowledge in areas of qualitative research including the richness of data obtained by qualitative studies. As a result we have developed a platform of research in Quality of Life addressing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research to better understand end of life, and how to improve care delivery to patients and caregivers. I continue to pursue research in this area as I believe it profoundly affects patient care. A better understanding of patient preferences and how to realize these will improve care at end of life. 

  • Outcomes Based Research in Heart Failure

    One of the most challenging aspects in heart failure is to accurately predict prognosis. Prognosis is of critical importance in heart failure where many independent variables predict outcomes, all of which influence decision making regarding medical device therapies, the timing of transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. We have established and maintain a large database that allows us to assess our ability to predict prognosis.

Circ Heart Fail. 2019 Oct;12(10):e006218
Moayedi Y, Fan CPS, Cherikh WS, Stehlik J, Teuteberg JJ, Ross HJ, Khush KK
Clin Transplant. 2019 Aug 12;:e13692
Moayedi Y, Multani A, Bunce PE, Henricksen E, Lee R, Yang W, Gomez CA, Garvert DW, Tremblay-Gravel M, Duclos S, Hiesinger W, Ross HJ, Khush KK, Montoya JG, Teuteberg JJ
JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Aug 02;2(8):e198766
Braga JR, Leong-Poi H, Rac VE, Austin PC, Ross HJ, Lee DS
Circ Heart Fail. 2019 Jul;12(7):e005754
Moayedi Y, Hershman SG, Ross HJ, Khush KK, Teuteberg JJ
PLoS One. 2019;14(7):e0219141
Hearn J, Ssinabulya I, Schwartz JI, Akiteng AR, Ross HJ, Cafazzo JA
J Heart Lung Transplant. 2019 Aug;38(8):820-829
Moayedi Y, Fan CS, Miller RJH, Tremblay-Gravel M, Posada JGD, Manlhiot C, Hiller D, Yee J, Woodward R, McCaughan JA, Shullo MA, Hall SA, Pinney S, Khush KK, Ross HJ, Teuteberg JJ
Clin Lung Cancer. 2019 Jul;20(4):313-321
Schild SE, Zhao L, Wampfler JA, Daniels TB, Sio T, Ross HJ, Paripati H, Marks RS, Yi J, Liu H, He Y, Yang P
Clin Transplant. 2019 Jul;33(7):e13621
Doumouras BS, Fan CS, Mueller B, Dipchand AI, Manlhiot C, Stehlik J, Ross HJ, Alba AC