Dr. Mackay is a clinician-scientist, combining the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital’s Heart Centre and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Completing her initial nursing education at George Brown College (Toronto), and earning her PhD at UBC, she has practiced for 40 years in critical care and cardiac nursing, with the past 23 as a CNS. Dr. Mackay’s clinical focus is on improving the care of patients with acute coronary syndrome and myocardial infarction. Her expertise and leadership in cardiovascular nursing is recognized nationally and has earned her several awards.
Dr. Mackay currently holds the Canadian Institutes of Health Research “Embedded Clinician Researcher” Award and the UBC School of Nursing “MacMillan Nursing Research Scholar” Award. Her research examines sociodemographic and behavioural influences on cardiac health, such as sex/gender, ethnicity and depression. She serves on CIHR and Heart & Stroke grant review panels, the Executive Committees of Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences and the BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health, the UBC/Providence Health Care Research Ethics Board, as well as the Editorial Boards of The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing and the Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
For an up-to-date list of publications by Dr. MacKay, please see UBC Nursing.