Heart Transplant Advisory Committee (HTAC)

The Heart Transplant Advisory Committee (HTAC) provides advice on heart donation and transplantation, clinical policy and practice issues including registries development and improvement, and operation of the interprovincial heart program.

Members Title and Organization

Dr. Michael McDonald


Staff Physician/Specialist, Heart Transplant Clinic

UHN - Toronto General Hospital

Toronto, Ontario



Dr. Mustafa Toma

Director, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplantation Fellowship Program

Division of Cardiology

VCH/PHCA - St. Paul’s Hospital

Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Brian Clarke

Cardiologist, Cardiac Sciences

Transplant, Heart Failure, Intervention

AHS - Foothills Medical Centre Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Daniel Kim

Medical Co-Director, Cardiology

AHS - University of Alberta Hospital

Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. (Stephen) Allan Schaffer

Associate Director, Acute Cardiac Care Unit

WRHA – St. Boniface General Hospital

Winnipeg, Manitoba



Dr. Anne Dipchand

Associate Director,

Transplant Centre University Health Network,

Hospital for Sick Children

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Vivek Rao

Surgical Director,

Heart Transplant Program

University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Sharon Chih


University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Michel Carrier

Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program

University of Montreal Heart Institute

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Nadia Giannetti

Medical Director, Heart Failure & Heart Transplant

MUHC - Royal Victoria Hospital

Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Kim Anderson


NSHA - QEII Health Sciences Centre

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Peggy John

Associate Director, Program Operations, OTDT 

Canadian Blood Services

Mr. Clay Gillrie

Associate Director, Interprovincial Organ Sharing, OTDT      

Canadian Blood Services                

Ms. Fatima Dharsee


Canadian Blood Services

Mr. Sean Delaney

Advisor - Sr & Lead - System Development

Canadian Blood Services

Last updated June 2022