Dr. Amer Johri's headshot

Dr. Amer Johri has been a dedicated member of the Department of Medicine at Queen's University for 15 years, significantly contributing to the field as the director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Network at Queen’s University (CINQLab.com). "I am a clinician scientist funded by CIHR, HSF, and SEAMO. Our lab focuses on cardiovascular prevention and the detection of subclinical atherosclerosis using non-invasive imaging biomarkers," he shares. Dr. Johri is also an executive member of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography and the founder of the POCUS Journal. 

Dr. Johri’s educational journey is impressive. “I completed my Cardiology residency training at Kingston Health Sciences Center and a Level III Echocardiography Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University,” he recounts. This extensive training has equipped him to lead cutting-edge research and clinical work in cardiovascular imagining.  

When asked about his typical day, Dr. Johri emphasizes the variety in his schedule. “My days never look the same! There is no typical day,” he says. “A perfect day would start with a 30-minute pickleball practice before heading to work. On my way, I might discuss the next educational project with a society like the Canadian Society of Echocardiography.” His mornings often involve covering the echo lab, supervising trainees, and multi-tasking between patient reports and meetings with graduate students. Despite his busy schedule, he finds time for the gym and his family.  

Dr. Johri is passionate about debunking myths related to his field. “Firstly, research is an ongoing, never-ending process. Projects are unique to a PI, and there’s no vacation from such responsibilities,” he explains. “There is a misconception about how busy researchers are, even though they may not be present in the clinic or on the ward.” He also highlights the high cost of research and the constant struggle to maintain funding. “SEAMO recognizes the concept of clinician researcher and strives to provide a valuation for this ‘invisible’ work.” 

Being a SEAMO member has been beneficial for Dr. Johri. “Thanks to SEAMO, we have forged an international reputation, advanced technology, and improved the health of Canadians.” 

Outside of his professional life, Dr. Johri has a surprising passion. “People are often surprised by my love for gardening. Over the past three years, I have planted dozens of flowering plum and apple trees,” he reveals. This hobby, he notes, likely stems from his background in biology and health.