Sheila Klassen, MD

Dr. Sheila Klassen (MD) is an adult cardiologist with subspecialties in echocardiography and structural heart disease. As Technical Lead of the NCDI Poverty Network Cardiac Expert Group, Assistant Director for Cardiac Integrationat the Center for Integration Science, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Lecturer in the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Klassen leads programs for decentralization and integration of care for advanced cardiovascular disease at the rural district hospital level across the Network’s Phase 3 and Phase 4 implementation countries as part of PEN-Plus. She has had extensive experience carrying out heart failure and echocardiography training related to PEN-Plus implementation in sub-Saharan Africa and has chaired or directed sessions at international conferences related to heart failure care in limited-resource settings. She also manages cardiology fellowships supported by the Center for Integration Science.

Dr. Klassen earned her MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada in 2011 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at McMaster University followed by an Adult Cardiology fellowship at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Klassen completed a fellowship in Advanced Echocardiography and Clinical Research with Massachusetts General Hospital in 2019 and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2020. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, and an Emerging Leader within the World Heart Federation.