MD, PhD, FRCSC
Dr. Whitlock is a Professor of Surgery at McMaster University and a practicing cardiac surgeon at Hamilton Health Sciences. He completed his residency in cardiac surgery in 2007, a fellowship in critical care in 2008, and a research fellowship in 2012. He holds an MSc (2004) and PhD in Health Research Methodology – Clinical Epidemiology (2012) from McMaster University. His first full-time research appointment started at the Population Health Research Institute in 2012. With an H-index of 35, Dr. Whitlock has more than 120 publications in medical journals including the Lancet, Circulation, Anesthesiology, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the European Heart Journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Thrombosis and Hemostasis. Dr. Whitlock has obtained over 20 peer-reviewed grants as Principal or Co-Principal Applicant.
He is a lead investigator at the Population Health Research Institute and the principal investigator of the LAAOS III trial, along with co-principal investigator Dr. Stuart Connolly. Dr. Whitlock holds the Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Surgery and a career award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Through the multinational studies that he has led, which include SIRS, TRICS III, VISION Cardiac, and LAAOS III, he has established a network of over 130 collaborating cardiac surgical centres in 32 countries.