Dr. Thais Coutinho received her medical degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, in 2004, and completed residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, advanced Echocardiography and Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, in 2013.
Upon graduating, Dr. Coutinho joined the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as a Clinician-Scientist. In 2017, she was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation and Chair of the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
She focuses her clinical practice on Preventive Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Women’s Heart Health and Echocardiography. Her research program focuses on arterial health, with a special emphasis on arterial stiffness and its role on the pathogenesis and sex differences of cardiovascular diseases. To pursue these investigations, she holds several research grants, including an Early Research Leaders Grant and a Grant-in-Aid from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, a Project Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Heart Research, and a Clinician Scientist Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Dr. Coutinho has received numerous awards, including the American Heart Association’s Young Investigator Award (2011), the Mayo Clinic’s Summerskill Research Award and Cardiovascular Division Outstanding Achievement Award (2013), the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Young Investigator Award (2015), the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Global Impact Award (2019) and the Women as One Research Award (2021).
Dr. Coutinho is also very active in education and knowledge translation, having addressed numerous audiences nationally and internationally. To further knowledge translation in women’s heart health topics, she has served as Co-Chair of the first (2016), second (2018) and third (2021) Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit, the largest conference in the world dedicated exclusively to the cardiovascular health of women, in addition to launching and Chairing the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance, a national network focused on bridging knowledge and practice gaps pertaining to women’s cardiovascular health issues.