Healthy Heart Program, St. Paul's Hospital
180 - 1081 Burrard Street
Dr. Scott Lear is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and the inaugural Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul's Hospital. Dr. Lear is also the Director of Community Health Solutions (www.sfu.ca/chs). CHS engages with community partners to learn, develop, and apply novel and sustainable approaches, programs, and policies to enhance chronic disease prevention and management to support healthy individuals and communities. Under the CHS, Dr. Lear’s research spans the breadth of prevention of chronic diseases at a population level to the management of chronic diseases at an individual level. His research includes identification of environmental characteristics that may act as facilitators and barriers of healthy lifestyle habits that can then determine downstream cardiovascular disease risk (the so-called ‘built environment), as well as the Multi-cultural Community Health Assessment Trial (M-CHAT) which is an ongoing investigation to identify the role of ethnic background in risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, he leads the British Columbia Alliance for Telehealth Policy and Research (www.BCATPR.ca), a team of university-based researchers and health authority decision-makers to develop, evaluate and implement Internet-based solutions for chronic disease management. To date, a 'virtual' cardiac rehabilitation program and a 'virtual' heart failure clinic have been successfully evaluated and the team is currently evaluating solutions for patients with multiple chronic diseases. Together this research will identify solutions that can be readily implemented into practice for the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
Education and Training
- BSc, Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, 1989-1994
- PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, 1996-2001
Area of Interest
Cardiovascular disease prevention, telehealth, ethnicity and disease, obesity, physical activity, chronic disease management