Improving the Uptake of Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Capstone Summary:

This project examines the barriers and potential challenges in implementing medical innovations and the possible preemptive measures that can be addressed early to increase the uptake of life-saving medical innovations. We consider the importance of appropriate, timely, and user-defined implementation techniques as a critical component of the successful uptake of medical innovations, and use the uptake of transcatheter valve replacement therapy (TAVR)–an alternative life-saving intervention for patients at risk for surgical complications–in Ontario Canada as the practical case study of the challenges and potential instructive opportunities to establish best practices for systematic and effective innovation uptake.

Capstone Team: 

Dr. Abimbola Saka, MD MBA MD MBA

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Public Health Management Corporation Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Public Health Management Corporation
Project Lead Case Manager Project Lead Case Manager


Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok, PhD

Translational Research Program Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Harindra Wijeysundera, MD, PhD

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Senior scientist

Laura Hartman,

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Research Associate

Dr. Michael Farkouh, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA


Neil Fam,

Toronto Heart Centre

"Experiential learning helps to shape the direction of your projects. It’s not just keeping us engaged as students but shaping the path of what we’re doing.”

 - Katie Tucker, Cohort 2017