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 re device therapies, and 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.
Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2019 Jun;24(3):239-244
Aleksova N, Ross HJ
JACC Heart Fail. 2019 May 03;:
Braga JR, Austin PC, Ross HJ, Tu JV, Lee DS
CMAJ Open. 2019 Apr-Jun;7(2):E306-E315
Hill AD, Stukel TA, Fu L, Scales DC, Laupacis A, Rubenfeld GD, Wunsch H, Downar J, Rockwood K, Heyland DK, Sinha SK, Zimmermann C, Gandhi S, Myers J, Ross HJ, Kozak JF, Berry S, Dev SP, La Delfa I, Fowler RA
Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2019 Apr 01;:
Aleksova N, Ross HJ
Can J Cardiol. 2019 Apr;35(4):379-381
Afshar M, Lee DS, Epelman S, Gramolini AO, Ross HJ, Lawler PR
Can J Cardiol. 2019 Mar;35(3):341-351
Donio PJ, Freitas C, Austin PC, Ross HJ, Abdel-Qadir HM, Wijeysundera HC, Tu K, Cram P, Liu P, Abrams H, Udell JA, Mak S, Farkouh ME, Tu JV, Wang X, Tobe SW, Lee DS
JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Feb 26;7(2):e13259
Ware P, Dorai M, Ross HJ, Cafazzo JA, Laporte A, Boodoo C, Seto E
Oncologist. 2019 Feb 12;:
Sonbol MB, Halling KC, Douglas DD, Ross HJ
J Heart Lung Transplant. 2019 Jan 07;:
Moayedi Y, Gomez CA, Fan CPS, Miller RJH, Bunce PE, Tremblay-Gravel M, Foroutan F, Manlhiot C, Yee J, Shullo MA, Khush KK, Ross HJ, Montoya JG, Teuteberg JJ
Clin Transplant. 2019 Jan 29;:e13490
Alba AC, Fan CS, Manlhiot C, Dipchand AI, Stehlik J, Ross HJ