Young Alumni Award: Paul Khairy
Paul Khairy, MDCM’95, MSc’02, enjoys watching his patients get older. For some of them, it seems almost a miracle. Khairy specializes in the treatment of adults with congenital heart disease, many of whom would not have survived into adulthood just three or four decades ago. Now, thanks to advances in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, the adult population with congenital heart disease is growing. Treating a new patient population is a challenge, but one that Khairy embraces. “I derive a lot of inspiration from my patients,” says the cardiologist. “They have overcome tremendous challenges. Caring for them is extremely rewarding.”
Medicine runs in Khairy’s family. His mother and father were both physicians, his sister is a pediatrician, and even his brother, who went into engineering, ended up working in the biomedical sector. As well as being an active clinician, Khairy is passionate about research. After his MDCM, he completed a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics and went on to co-found two research organizations, the North American Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology and the Alliance for Congenital Quebec Interinstitutional Research (ACQUIRE). He is an associate professor who currently holds a Canada Research Chair at the Montreal Heart Institute and is Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Centre (ACHD) and Director of Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research at the Institute. He has also maintained a secondary appointment as Research Director of ACHD at Harvard University. If that isn’t enough to occupy his time, Khairy is married with five children, including two sets of twins.
“It is a great honour to be recognized by your alma mater,” says Khairy about winning McGill’s Young Alumni Award.