Zachary Laksman, MD, MSc

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Room 211-1033 Davie St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 1M7

Phone Number: 
(604) 806-8256
Fax Number: 
(604) 806-9274
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Dr. Zachary Laksman completed both his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Toronto. He trained as a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Western University (formerly University of Western Ontario). Subsequently, Dr. Laksman pursued his Master's thesis and defended in 2015 under the supervision of Drs. Peter Backx and Gordon Keller from the University of Toronto.

Recruited to UBC in 2016, Dr. Zachary Laksman is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with expertise in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the UBC Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. He is also the Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Atrial Fibrillation Clinic and the Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic. Dr. Laksman is the recipient of the UBC Dr. Charles Kerr Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Genetics and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Health Professional Investigator Award.

Education and Training

  • BSc, Human Biology, University of Toronto
  • MD, University of Toronto
  • Fellow, Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • MSc, Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Toronto

Area of Interest

Dr. Laksman’s research focus is on the genetic basis for diseases of the heart muscle, heart rhythm, and sudden cardiac death. An element of Dr. Laksman’s work involves using a stem cell model and growing heart cells in a dish. In doing so, Dr. Laksman’s laboratory can model an individual patient’s specific disease, apply medicines to it, and study the cause of the disease and the effect of treatment.