Rakesh C. Arora MD, PhD, FRCSC
Dr. Arora was born in London, Ontario and obtained a Baccalaureate of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. From there, he next achieved his Medical Doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1996 before moving to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia to undergo his Cardiac Surgery Residency. During his time in his residency in Dalhousie, he completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in the Department of Anatomy/Neurobiology in the field of neurocardiology. After completing two further years of training at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Arora became the first Cardiac Surgeon in Canada to also complete a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine in 2006.
In 2009, Dr. Arora has pioneered a national society, The CANadian CARdiovascular critical care (CANCARE) Society (www.cancaresociety.com) that aims to advance the care of critically-ill cardiovascular patients using interdisciplinary expertise in a cooperative model.
Dr. Arora joined the Cardiac Sciences Program and the Section of Critical Care Medicine as an Academic Clinician Scientist in 2006 where he devotes a large proportion of time towards translational and clinical research. He was appointed the Director of Research for the Section of Cardiac Surgery 2007 and has received the Rudy Falk Clinician Scientist Award and the F.W. Clinical Research Professorship from the University of Manitoba in 2011.