Dr. Gnalini Sathananthan

Where did you complete your training?
I graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I completed internal medicine training at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, and then completed my cardiology training through both Westmead Hospital in Sydney and the Greenlane Cardiology Program in Auckland, New Zealand. I then completed an ACHD fellowship at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto, and proceeded to do further ACHD training at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver where I also completed a fellowship in adult echocardiography. 

What is your special area of interest?
I am interested in general ACHD and heritable aortopathy. I also have a special interest in structural heart disease.

What is the best thing about working in the Congenital Heart Disease specialty?
It is most definitely the patients. These individuals are faced with the burden of heart disease at birth and watching them tackle life and it’s challenges is both inspiring and motivating. It is the driving force behind all that I do in the ACHD realm, continually striving to find improved solutions for these amazing individuals.

What is one thing that you think that all patients with Congenital Heart Disease should know?
They should never lose sight of all that they have overcome, and they should realize how truly inspiring they are. They should also be aware that there is large amounts of ongoing research in the area of ACHD, and we have and are continuing to learn and make important developments to help improve and prolong the quality of life of ACHD patients.

If you weren’t a nurse/physician/psychologist, what would you be?
I would have been a journalist. I enjoy writing, and use every opportunity in my personal and professional life to engage in some form of activity that allows me to write in some form or another.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents or pets?
Moving across the world and having a young family has left me little time for hobbies over the recent years, but I hope to change that moving forward. I hope to spend more time writing and exploring all of Vancouver’s beautiful hiking trails.