A Masterclass on Building a Legacy With Dr. Milton Packer in 7 Chapters

Published: 15 December 2021

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In this special end of year Masterclass episode, host Dr. Harriette Van Spall (McMaster University, CA) invites Dr. Milton Packer (Baylor University Medical Center, US) to talk about his life, career, and lessons he has learned across his journey.

Dr Milton Packer is a clinical trialist well known across the world and his work has transformed the way care is provided to patients with heart failure. In this candid and emotional discussion, we get to know the person behind the scientific achievements.

Recorded remotely from Dallas and Hamilton, 2021. 

Editor: Mirjam Boros

Faculty Biographies

Milton Packer

Milton Packer

Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science

Personal History

Dr Milton Packer was born to Polish immigrants in 1951 and raised in Philadelphia, US. Prior to studying medicine, he was politically active in the 1960s. In his words: “The focus of my upbringing was education, but the major guiding principle in my childhood years (and throughout my entire life) was an uncompromising sense of justice. I was always imbued with the need to strive for and defend the truth.” He began his career in cardiology during a pivotal time for the field, just as interventional cardiology and

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Harriette Van Spall

Harriette Van Spall

Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of E-Health and Virtual Care

Dr Harriette Van Spall is an Associate Professor of Medicine and cardiologist and serves as Director of E-Health at McMaster University, Canada. She completed her medical and postgraduate clinical training at the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University, US. Dr Van Spall is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded clinical trialist and researcher with a focus on heart failure, health services, and health disparities.

She has garnered more than $4 million in research funding, has won several research awards, and has published her work in high-impact medical journals. She is an invited speaker, media correspondent, and editorial board member active in peer review at several high-impact medications journals and grant funding agencies, including Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Dr Van Spall is an Editorial Board…

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