Dr Mario Talajic is the Chair of the Department of Medicine of the University of Montreal and is the director of the cardiac genetics center of the Montreal Heart Institute. Dr Talajic is also a cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute.
He completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa in 1980. He completed internal medicine and cardiology training at McGill University in 1985. He subsequently completed fellowship training in cardiac electrophysiology at McGill University with Dr Stanley Nattel and at the University of Limburg under the guidance of Professor Hein Wellens.
He has been a cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute since 1987. He was chief of the electrophysiology service from 1991 until 1998 and was the chief of medicine and cardiology of the Montreal Heart Institute from 1998 until 2006. He became the first Marvin and Philippa Carsley chair in cardiology in 2005. He has served in the past as a Royal College examiner in cardiology and has won teaching and career achievement awards from the University of Montreal. He has also served on multiple peer-reviewed research committees in Canada and chaired several provincial committees on electrophysiology services and cardiac genetics in Quebec. He has served on the council of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and is currently the president of this society.
His research interests include the evaluation and treatment of patients with cardiac arrhythmias including those with inherited arrhythmia syndromes, the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation and the stratification of patients at risk for sudden death. He has served on the steering committees of several large trials including CTAF, AF-CHF, RELY, ACTIVE and AVERROES. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.