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World-renowned cardiologist shares his success secrets

Dr Salim Yusuf is a world-renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist who was named an officer in the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

A professor in the department of Medicine at McMaster University, he is president of the World Heart Federation and established the Population Health Research Institute at the university. His research has led to widely accepted treatments such as aspirin to prevent heart attacks and the use of ace inhibitors and beta blockers to prevent deaths from heart attacks. More recently, his research involves making anti-thrombotic drugs used to prevent clotting better and safer. He also just happens to be one of the world’s most-cited researchers.

Born in the town of Kottarakkara in Kerala, Dr Yusuf studied medicine at St John’s Medical College in Bangalore and earned a doctorate at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He moved to Canada in 1992 as Director of the cardiology division at McMaster.

Having come as an academic, he didn’t face any of the challenges foreign-trained physicians face, but is well aware of how daunting they can be. His advice? “Know that there will be challenges... I’ve failed far too many times to remember. I’m disappointed when it happens but I pick myself up and come back. As they say, the person who never failed is the person who never tried. Be willing to integrate. Retain your culture and values, but also get involved in your local community affairs. Socialize, participate. Allow and encourage your children to intermingle... We moved to a better and broader-minded world. There are lesser social divides here. Don’t ghettoize. Be proud of who you are, but integrate.”

Posted: Oct 2, 2017

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