Robert Sheldon

Professor

Department of Medical Genetics

MD (Doctor of Medicine)

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)


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Research

Areas

  • Cardiovascular autonomic disorders, Syncope, Clinical trials, Drug discovery,

Biography

Dr Robert Sheldon received his PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado in 1973 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Sydney Brenner, then received an MD from the University of Toronto in 1981. He is a cardiac arrhythmia specialist and Professor of Cardiac Sciences, Medicine, and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary, and among other roles was Senior Vice President Research, Alberta Health Services and Associate Dean Clinical Research, University of Calgary. He was on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council and its committees for 9 years. He is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  His research program is in cardiovascular autonomic physiology and its disorders, among which is vasovagal syncope.  It has a strong translational orientation, aimed at understanding the causes of syncope, and developing simple, accessible, and effective approaches to its diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. This was recognized by the Annual Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in 2016 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arrhythmia Alliance in 2018.