Clinical Nurse Specialist, Heart Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC
Dr. Martha Mackay is currently a clinician-scientist, dividing her time between the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital’s Heart Centre and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing. She has been practicing for more than 30 years in critical care and cardiac nursing, with many years as a critical care nursing educator, and 15 years as a CNS. Her initial nursing education was at George Brown College in Toronto, and has since earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees at UBC.
She has been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Clinical Research Fellowship, the Cardiac Services B.C. Fellowship in Cardiovascular Outcomes, a Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada Research Scholarship and recently, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. Her research focuses on social and behavioural factors in cardiac health, including sex/gender and ethnic differences in symptoms, treatment-seeking behaviour, and outcomes following heart attack and cardiac procedures; and interventions for cardiac patients who have depression and other cardiac risk factors.