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Dr. George Heckman


Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine

Associate Professor

School of Public Health and Health Systems
University of Waterloo

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Dr. George Heckman holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Laval University (1988) and a Master of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo (1991). He graduated in 1995 with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto, Ontario. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Toronto (1999) and geriatric medicine at McMaster University (2000) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed a Master of Science Degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2006. He has held the Schlegel Research Chair for Geriatric Medicine at the RIA since 2010 and is presently an Associate Professor with the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. He provides knowledge translation support for the local and regional Ontario Health Teams. He served as Primary Panelist for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Consensus Conference on Heart Failure from 2005 to 2021, Vice Chair of the Quality Indicators for Heart Failure Working Group of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, led the Quality Indicators for Heart Failure Sub-theme group for Palliative Care/End of Life Planning 2011-2012 of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and was a member of the Heart Failure Management Working Group of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. He is a Fellow of interRAI, an international not-for-profit consortium of researchers and clinicians from over 35 countries and which develops, tests and implements standardized assessment systems for vulnerable individuals across several care settings. Research interests include the development of systems of care to better support persons living with frailty and chronic disease in primary care and long-term care, including a more proactive and front-line role for geriatric medicine specialists.

Research Topics:

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Care Team Development
  • Health Systems
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