Richard D. Weisel MD, FRCSC

Richard Weisel


Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 

Dr. Weisel received his BA from Yale University and his MD from Marquette University. He completed his general surgery training at Boston University with Dr. John Mannick before training in Toronto with Dr. Bigelow in Cardiac, Dr. Pearson in Thoracic and Dr. Trusler in Congenital. In Boston he completed an NIH Fellowship in Academic Surgery and launched his academic career as an Assistant Professor in Toronto in 1978. He has remained at the University of Toronto since then. He has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and/or the Canadian Heart Foundation for his research into myocardial protection and stem cells for cardiac regeneration since 1978. He was Chair of the University Division of Cardiac Surgery from 1998 to 2009. He received the Research Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in 2000, the Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award from the STS in 2004, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the AHA in 2004 and the Scientific Achievement Award from the AATS in 2010. He was an Associate Editor for Circulation (Surgery Supplement) 2000 to 2002, Associate Editor for JTCVS from 2005 to 2009, Associate Editor for Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2011 to 2014 and became Editor of JTCVS in 2014. He was the Chair of the NIH/CIHR Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network from 2014 to 2019.