President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, Professor of Medicine, Director, Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre, University of Ottawa Heart InstituteBiography
Robert Roberts is the President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and founding Director of The Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre. He received his M.D. from Dalhousie University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Toronto. Funded by a Canadian Heart Foundation Scholarship, he pursued research in heart disease and in 1982 became Chief of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As a cardiologist, educator and scientist, he developed the MCBK Test which has been used to diagnose heart attacks for the past three decades. Dr. Roberts' research led him to molecular biology and genetics, during which time he discovered many genes responsible for heart disease. Dr. Roberts is generally regarded as one of the founders of molecular cardiology. Dr Roberts has had a distinguished and prolific career as a Cardiologist, Educator and Scientist having published over 850 scientific articles and received many awards including the 2012 Research Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society; the 2012 Distinguished Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Cardiology; the McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada and the Albrecht Fleckenstein Memorial Award from the International Academy of Cardiology in 2008; Citation for Highly Cited Researcher from ISI Thomson Scientific in 2002; and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology in 1998.