Division of Cardiology

Catherine Demers


Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine





Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Demers completed undergraduate training in Biotechnology and Biophysics at Université de Sherbrooke. After obtaining her medical degree from Université de Sherbrooke, she then completed her Internal Medicine training at McGill University and Université de Montréal and her Adult Cardiology training at the Montreal Heart Institute (Université de Montréal). In addition to obtaining a Masters of Science in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University, she completed additional clinical and research training at Columbia Presbyterian University Hospital in New York, University of Glasgow and Cleveland Clinic.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Demers is a non-invasive cardiologist with expertise in the management of complex heart failure patients in the inpatient setting as well as the outpatient Heart Function clinic at the Hamilton Health Sciences. She has a particular interest in the care of older individuals with associated comorbidities and cognitive deficits and in end of life care. Dr. Demers also has expertise in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and cardiac rehabilitation. She is involved in the education of students from the Bachelor of Health Sciences, the Physician Assistant program, and the undergraduate and post graduate medical trainees.

Research Interests

Dr. Demers has held grants in aid as principal investigator and co-investigator in the area of heart failure management from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Her specific areas of interest include management of heart failure in the primary care setting, the impact of mild cognitive deficits and self-care on clinical outcomes and E-Health. She has served on national peer review committees and as reviewer for international journals. Dr. Demers is an investigator in the Heart Failure and Left Ventricular Dysfunction Program at the Population Health Research Institute.

Selected Funding

Dr. Demers has received research and fellowship awards from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fonds de la recherche en Santé du Québec, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Dr. Demers held a Career Scientist Award from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario (2003-2010). Her career publications range from various peer reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters

Selected Publications

  1. Harkness K, Demers C, Heckman G, McKelvie RS. Screening for cognitive deficits using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment tool in outpatients ≥ 65 years of age with heart failure. In press Am J Cardiol 2011.
  2. Caldwell PH, Arthur HM, Demers C. Preferences of Patients with Heart Failure for Prognosis Communication. Canadian Journal of Cardiology;2007:23: 791-6.
  3. Arnold M, Liu P, Demers C, et al. Canadian Cardiovascular Society consensus conference recommendations on heart failure 2006: diagnosis and management. Can J Cardiol 2006:22:23-45.
  4. Roccaforte R, Demers C, Baldassarre F, Teo KK, Yusuf S. Effectiveness of Research Management Programmes in Improving Clinical Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients. Eur J Heart Failure 2005; 7:1133-1144.
  5. Demers C, McMurray JJV, Swedberg K, Pfeffer MA, Granger CB, Olofsson B, McKelvie RS, Östergren J, Michelson EL, Johansson PA, Wang D, Yusuf S. Impact of Candesartan on Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction and Cardiovascular Death: Results from the Candesartan in Heart Failure-Assessment of Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity (CHARM) Program. JAMA 2005;294:1794-1798.