The Team

​Medical Director: Dr. Chris Overgaard​

Interim Nurse Manager: Claire Holland 



Cardiologists are medical doctors who have special training in caring for patients with heart problems.

Cardiology Fellows and Medical Residents
Senior Fellows and Residents train by working under the guidance of experienced cardiologists.  Between 2 to 6 medical doctors in the CICU will provide you medical care 24 hours a day.

Other doctors may be contacted as needed to make sure the best possible care is given.


Charge Nurse
Charge nurses help with the flow of patients entering and leaving the unit as well as the patient care.

ICU Registered Nurses
This is a nurse with special training who will be with you 24 hours a day while in the ICU. Nurses working on our unit require critical care experience or successful course completion.

Nursing Students
UHN is a teaching hospital. All nursing students in the unit get close supervision from teachers and staff. Students will introduce themselves to you so that you know who they are.

Nursing Manager
Nurse managers are in charge of the unit and may be contacted by patients and their families, about any concerns not addressed by the bedside nurse or medical team.

Patient Care Coordinator (PCC)
The PCC helps the manager with patient care. The PCC can also be contacted with any concerns not addressed by the bedside nurse or medical team.

Health Professions

Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapists help you to be more independent. They help you with everyday activities like eating, dressing and bathing.

Pharmacists give information about the medicine you are taking. They also help to make sure you have the best medicine for your needs.

Physiotherapists create exercise programs to help keep the body strong and the lungs clear.

Registered Dietitians
A dietician will make sure that you receive the best possible nutrition, either through the food you eat or through a feeding tube, if you are experiencing swallowing problems.

Respiratory therapists
Respiratory therapists take care of the ventilator (the breathing machine)and help patients breathe more comfortably.

Social Workers
Social workers can provide family counseling, assistance and support, coordinate family conferences and talk about discharge-planning options.

Spiritual Care Professionals
Spiritual care providers support patients and families of all faiths.


Patient Care Assistants (PCA)
Patient care assistants help the nurse with a patient's basic care, such as bathing and feeding, and mobility.

Volunteers manage the waiting area and help to organize visits into the CVICU. They direct your family to other areas and services within the hospital.​​

Ward Clerk
​Ward clerks provide administrative support and are typically the first person who patients meet when arriving in the unit.

Learn more about health care professional trainees at UHN​.​

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