Dr. Alnoor Abdulla, M.D.,FRCP (Int. Med), FRCP(Cardiology), FACC, FCCP, FACP, ABIM (Int. Med), ABIM(Card.), ABIM (Interventional Card.) was born in East Africa, and immigrated to Canada as a young man. He is a Canadian citizen who resides in Vancouver, BC.
He went to medical school at The University of British Columbia (UBC). His Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine were done at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. A Clinical Research Fellowship in Nuclear Cardiology followed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, UCLA. He completed his full fellowship, in Cardiology, at the USC LA County Medical Center.
Dr. Abdulla earned Board Certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology.
He went on to earn Fellowships with: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Specialty Certification, Internal Medicine; American College of Cardiology; Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Cardiology; American College of Physicians; American College of Chest Physicians; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada Special Competence – Cardiology sub-speciality.
Canadian Licensure: Medical Council of Canada; Provinces of British Colombia, Ontario and Alberta.
American Licensure: Federal Licensing Exams (FLEX); States of Wisconsin, Washington, and California.
Professional Memberships have included: Canadian Medical Association, Ontario Medical Association, BC Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; American College of Chest Physicians, American College Of Cardiology. He has also served many administrative appointments.
Academic Appointments as Clinical Instructor, Preceptor, Professor (Associate, Adjunct and full-fledged) have included the: University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Aga Khan University, and Laurentian University.
More than fourteen clinical trials have been conducted under his auspices in Canada and Pakistan. Dr. Abdulla has authored, or contributed to, more than nineteen peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has authored or co-authored more than 35 Abstracts. He has created a wealth of patient and public education, and done much print media, radio and television interviews.
Early career saw him in Family Practice in BC; Cardiology in Lancaster/Palmdale, California; Invasive and Non-invasive Cardiology Consultant in Sudbury (and the establishment of the Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory and Pacemaker Clinic and the NE Ontario Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre.)
Dr. Abdulla then stepped onto the international stage, becoming Chief of Cardiology in Karachi, Pakistan, at The Aga Khan University Hospital. He set up their Tertiary Care Cardiology Program.
He returned to East Africa where he assisted in the development of the Comprehensive Integrated Cardiac program for the Aga Khan Health Service.
He returned to Canada, set up a private Cardiology consultancy and joined the University of Ottawa Heart Institute; worked as a Cardiology Consultant at Peterborough Regional Health Center, lectured at the University of Toronto, worked at Toronto General Hospital in Interventional Cardiology, set up private practice in Oshawa and then Toronto.
In the Peterborough region he served on many committees, and developed one of the first “stand alone” (without cardiac surgery) Cardiac Catheterization Program in Canada.
The doctor moved out west to work as a Cardiology Consultant with Continuum Medical Care in West Vancouver, B.C. and as a Cardiology Consultant in Private Practice in Vancouver. Ironically, Dr. Abdulla suffered serious heart issues, and retired from private practice in 2012.
For the Ontario Provincial government, he served as Member in the: Provincial Cardiovascular Advisory Working Group, Ministry of Health; Provincial Adult Cardiac Care Network, Ministry of Health (PACCN) which set policy of cardiac care in Ontario; Cardiovascular Manpower Subcommittee of PACCN; Cardiology Section Executive, Ontario Medical Association.
National appointments saw Dr. Abdulla serve as a Member in the: Physician Review Board (Pacemakers) Medtronics; Pacemaker Medical Advisory Committee of Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists. He served as Panelist for two Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s Consensus Conferences (Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation.)
In Pakistan, he was a Founder Member for the Council on Heart Failure, and on the Editorial Board of Medical Digest, and Pakistan Heart Journal.
On the International stage, he has served the global village as Executive Member with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Community Practice Task Force and ACC Governor’s Advisory Group.
At the Aga Khan University in Karachi, he was appointed Head of Cardiology and professor of Medicine. He also served there as Member on: Radiology Chair Search Committee, Cardiology/ Cardiac Surgery Task Force, MRI Task Force; Dept. of Medicine Steering Committee, Research Committee, Quality Assurance (Morbidity and Mortality), Cardiac Research Group, AKU Research Strategic Planning Committee. He served as Chair on the Computerization Sub-Committee, Dept. of Medicine.
Dr. Abdulla has received bursaries, scholarships and many prestigious awards:
- Seven time recipient of the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association
- Aga Khan has bestowed the: Silver Jubilee Service Medal; Canadian Ismaili High Achievers Award for Professional Development; Poster Presentation Award; Outstanding Speaker Award, the Heart of Cardiology Award.
- The Heart & Stroke Foundation has acknowledged the doctor with the: Outstanding Service Award and the establishment of the annual Dr. Abdulla Award
- Canada’s Governor General awarded him The Commemorative Medal: Service to Canada.
- Nehru Humanitarian Service Award, 2012, from UBC/Goel Foundation.