BBDC Member Profile
Paul Oh, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Paul Oh is Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the University Health Network – Toronto Rehab and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1988 and completed specialty training in Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, and Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on the management and evaluation of risk factors and lifestyle interventions for cardiovascular, metabolic and other chronic diseases. He is past President of the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, recent Board Member of CorHealth Ontario (previously the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (CCN)), and Chair of the Cardiovascular Chronic Disease Management Working Group of CCN. He was appointed as the inaugural GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehab at the UHN and University of Toronto in 2014.
On behalf of Diabetes Canada, he has previously chaired one of the working groups to develop professional resources around Physical Activity and Exercise, has contributed to exercise guidelines, and is a current Steering Committee member for the Diabetes 360˚ strategy development. He has participated in international diabetes public health policy efforts such as The Berlin Declaration: A collective ambition for policy change to drive early action in type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Oh’s research focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of exercise rehabilitation programs for persons living with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. Specific project topics have included exercise training paradigms (aerobic and resistance exercise; high intensity interval exercise), different delivery models (facility based and home-based), exercise for various cardiovascular and chronic disease populations (e.g., Diabetes, CAD, CHF, stroke, cancer), behavioural supports (e.g., incentives, peer support, health coaching, technology) and the importance of patient education. He has contributed to national guidelines for cardiovascular care (CACR, CHEP, C-CHANGE) and led the development of the first Ontario standards for the delivery of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation as Committee Chair for the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. He has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on many projects along the themes identified above and in addition leads a pan-Canadian project (ACCELERATION) that seeks to change behavioural risk factors including physical activity and diet diverse groups of Canadians. The initial three years of funding for this project had $2.4M in support from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Health Canada. The current iteration of this prevention and wellness program is supported by the Medavie Foundation. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers.
Paul believes passionately in integrating the healthy living themes central to his work and research into life outside of the hospital. He is a dedicated recreational runner and has completed numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and ten half marathons to date, raising funds, sweating and celebrating with colleagues and patient graduates along the way.