Dr. David Conen

Division of Cardiology

David Conen


Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine






Education and Professional Standing


David Conen is a trained internist and cardiologist from Basel, Switzerland. He also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University in Boston, USA. Dr. Conen recently joined the Population Health Research Institute as a clinician scientist. He also is an associate professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Conen is a clinical cardiologist with training in performing echocardiography. His research activities involve the conduct of large epidemiological cohort studies to study risk factors for the occurrence of atrial fibrillation and its consequences. He is also interested in clinical trials on therapies to prevent atrial fibrillation and the complications associated with the arrhythmia.

Dr. Conen has published a large number of manuscripts in leading scientific journals. He received numerous prestigious grants in Switzerland and is the Principal Investigator of a large national cohort study to assess the relationship between atrial fibrillation and cognitive decline (Swiss-AF). He also leads another large cohort study of young and healthy individuals (GAPP), with a key focus on assessing risk factors for the development of cardiovascular risk factors in the general population.

Dr. Conen is Fluent in German, English and French.


2010/4                 Habilitation, Privatdozent, Internal Medicine, Universität Basel
2008/4                 Masters of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
2000/12               Diploma, Medical Doctor - M.D., Université de Lausanne


2016 -                   Associate Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
2016 -                   Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Basel
2011-2016            Assistant Professor, University of Basel


2016 -                   Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
2014 -                   Fellow, European Society of Cardiology
2010 -                   Board certification Internal Medicine, Swiss Medical Association Internal Medicine
2009 -                   Board certification Cardiology, Swiss Medical Association, Cardiology


2016 -                  Associate Professor, McMaster University
2011 – 2016        Senior Staff Physician, Cardiology, Medicine, University Hospital of Basel
2009 – 2011        Junior Staff Physician, Internal Medicine, Medicine, University Hospital of Basel

Research Interests

Clinical studies on risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF) and predictors for subsequent outcomes in patients with AF. Clinical studies for AF Prevention. Clinical studies on the progression of cardiovascular risk factors over time in healthy individuals from the general population.

Selected Publications

  1. Conen D, Wong JA, Sandhu RK, Cook NR, Lee IM, Buring JE, Albert CM. Risk of malignant cancer among women with new-onset Atrial Fibrillation. JAMA Cardiol 2016; 1(4): 389-396.
  2. Conen D, Adam M , Roche F , Barthelemy JC , Felber Dietrich D , Imboden M , Künzli N , von Eckardstein A , Regenass S , Hornemann T , Rochat T , Gaspoz JM , Probst-Hensch N , Carballo D. Premature atrial contractions in the general population: frequency and risk factors. Circulation 2012; 126(19): 2302-8.
  3. Conen D, Chae CU , Glynn RJ , Tedrow UB , Everett BM , Buring JE , Albert CM. Risk of death and cardiovascular events in initially healthy women with new-onset atrial fibrillation. JAMA 2011; 305(20): 2080-2087.
  4. Conen D, Ridker PM , Everett BM , Tedrow UB , Rose L , Cook NR , Buring JE , Albert CM. A multi-marker approach to assess the influence of inflammation on the incidence of atrial fibrillation in women. Eur Heart J 2010; 31(14): 1730-36.
  5. Conen D, Tedrow UB , Cook NR , Moorthy MV , Buring JE , Albert CM. Alcohol consumption and risk of incident atrial fibrillation in women. JAMA 2008; 300(21): 2489-96.