Dr. Victor F. Huckell

Dr. Victor F. Huckell earned his degree in Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Canada and is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology (FRCPC).

During the 1960’s as a student at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Huckell was the recipient of numerous undergraduate awards ranging from Government of British Columbia Scholarships to the Yates Memorial Award, the Mosby Scholarship Award, the Florence Heighway Medical Award, the Dr. A. E. Trites Memorial Prize in Obstetrics and Cardiology, The H. Rock Robinson Prize in Surgery, The Dr. A. B. Schinbein Memorial Scholarship, The Hamber Scholarship in Medicine,  and the Dean MM Weaver Gold Medal.

As a postgraduate trainee his achievements were no less impressive, having received the PARI-BC Award for Teaching and Excellence and various other service and teaching awards.

Having been a general practitioner on Vancouver Island from 1970 to 1972 he returned to the University of British Columbia where he held various positions at the Vancouver General Hospital in association with the University of British Columbia including Chief Medical Resident. He then moved to Toronto where he served as Senior and then Chief Resident in Cardiology at the Toronto Hospital in association with the University of Toronto.

In 1978, Dr. Huckell returned to Vancouver. He currently serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of British Columbia and Cardiologist, on Staff at the Vancouver General Hospital.  He has continued to receive numerous awards for teaching endeavors; including the University of British Columbia Excellence in Teaching Award (Killam Award), the St. Paul’s Hospital Bruce Shallard Lecturer award (Distinguished Teaching), the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Distinguished Teacher Award, the UBC Division of Cardiology Clinical Mentor Award, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Visionary Award thrice, the UBC Department of Medicine Master Teacher Award, the UBC Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching,  the Canadian Medical Association Honorary Membership for Humanitarian Services and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Since 1978, Dr. Huckell has held numerous teaching positions and served on numerous committees. For example, in 1981 he founded and served as Director of the British Columbia Cardiac Society and in 1985 he served as Regional Governor of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology. In 1978, he became the first Postgraduate Training Program Director for Cardiology at the University of British Columbia and was responsible for creating a new Subspecialty Training Program.

In 1988, Dr. Huckell co-founded and directed the Congenital Heart Advisory Team subsequently renamed as the Pacific Adult Congenital Heart (PACH) Group – an interdisciplinary group for adults with congenital heart disease.  As a follow-up 3 years later, he co-founded the Canadian Adult Congenital cardiac Heart Disease Network (CACH Network) a similar group with a national scope. He founded an annual national cardiology resident review course (National Consensus Conference or NATICON) which developed into the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Annual Resident Training Day.

Other commitments to national and international teaching positions, professional societies and committees including being a previous director of the Heart and Stroke Foundations of both British Columbia and Canada, Counselor of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, past Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee on Cardiology, previous member of the UBC Medical School of Admission Committee, previous member of the UBC Clinical Faculty Committee, and past regional Governor for the American College of Cardiology.

He is currently a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Continuing Professional Development Committee, its External Relations Committee and its Membership Committee as well as being President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy.

In addition to his Fellowships with the Royal College of Canada he is a Fellow of the American college of Cardiology, Fellow of the American Heart Association, Fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention, Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) and an American Society of Hypertension Clinical Hypertension Specialist.

He is as noted above a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. In this role he runs a busy teaching office Cardiology practice and has had the privilege of mentoring over 550 Residents and 330 4th year Medical Students from 15 countries to date.  He is the Past Director of Education and is on the research committee for the UBC Division of Cardiology.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Huckell has delivered more than 2050 presentations on Cardiology and patterns of practice. He has co-authored 4 National Practice Guidelines (Adult Congenital Heart disease, Women and Cardiovascular Health, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Stable Ischemic Heart Disease), 53 peer reviewed articles, 66 abstracts, 2 textbook chapters and 41 non peer reviewed papers. He has also created 59 special education projects including enduring materials such as teaching DVD’s, CD’s and educational facilitation guides.

He has expertise in developing effective teaching techniques for enhancing the patterns of practice for busy clinical practitioners. He also has established particular expertise in adult congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease and obstetrical cardiology.