Dr. Saleem Kassam specializes in interventional cardiology. He began working at the Centenary site in 2002, practicing at both both hospital campuses. He also plays an instrumental role in the Code STEMI emergency fast-tracking program at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital.
“I hope to bring compassionate and excellent patient care to cardiac patients in the region,” he says. “By offering physician leadership to members of the cardiac care team we can ensure that all patient requirements are met through our services.”
Dr. Kassam earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Toronto, and subsequently, a medical degree, a master’s in clinical epidemiology, and a degree in internal medicine/cardiology/interventional cardiology. He specializes in coronary angioplasty as well as teaching and training. He is also engaged in a variety of international humanitarian aid projects, including Doctors without Borders. “I took a year off my medical training to volunteer with Doctors without Borders [Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)] at a camp called Kalabo for Angolan refugees in Zambia. The work was so rewarding. We saved lives, but there was so much more to it – we helped people set up structures, letting them live with dignity.” Dr. Kassam is passionate about the physical and emotional health of his patients.
“Ensuring my patients’ physical well being is just half of my job. Their emotional health is very important, and I want to ensure that they leave here well informed, empowered and feeling valued”.