Dr. Koshal

Dr. Arvind Koshal with his son Anu Koshal, photo courtesy of Edmonton Journal

Honouring a visionary

Health professionals and community leaders gathered on June 25, 2013, to celebrate the outstanding career of Dr. Arvind Koshal, retiring Senior Medical Director for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and a driving force behind the creation of western Canada’s leading Heart Institute. 

In recognition of his momentous contributions to cardiac care and research, the University Hospital Foundation established the 
Dr. Arvind Koshal Advancement Fund
, to continue Dr. Koshal's vision for the Maz by supporting the recruitment and education of exceptional physicians, and the advancement of innovation and research in the cardiac sciences.

Dr. Koshal grew up immersed in medicine. His father, a chief of surgery, believed his son would be a surgeon “since before he was born.”

As a medical student, Dr. Koshal earned seven gold medals, including the Pfizer award for the most outstanding medical graduate. He completed his cardiac surgery training at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

In 1991, Dr. Koshal joined Edmonton’s cardiovascular surgery program. His vision, energy, and tireless efforts were instrumental in the creation of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the development of the Maz into one of the largest and most advanced cardiac care centres in Canada.

Dr. Koshal was on the team that performed Canada’s first artificial heart implant. He also performed the nation’s first implantation of a left ventricular assist device.

Among his many achievements, Dr. Koshal was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010. He has also received the Wilbert J. Keon Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Alberta Centennial Medal; and was elected President of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons in 1999.

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