Echo Lab

Echo Lab Faculty


Dr. Amer M. Johri


Dr. Amer Johri is a member of the echocardiography group at Queen’s University and the Director of CINQ. He arrived after completing a research/clinical fellowship in imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA under the supervision of Drs. M.H. Picard, J. Hung, and J. Passeri. His clinical interests are in 3D echocardiography, quality control in the echo lab, and interventional echocardiography. He also has extensive experience in echo-guided CRT optimization and TEE guided percutaneous aortic valve replacement.

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Dr. Anthony J. Sanfilippo


Dr. Sanfilippo received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Life Sciences in 1976 and an MD in 1981, both at Queen’s University. He undertook training in Internal Medicine receiving his Royal College Fellowship in 1985 and certification in Cardiology in 1987. He went on to do a postgraduate research fellowship at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital returning to Queen’s in 1989. Since then he has been a clinical cardiologist associated with Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals. He also holds a teaching position with Queen’s University as a Professor of Medicine and Cardiology.

Dr. Sanfilippo’s major clinical interest has been in Echocardiography. He has published numerous articles, including research in echocardiography, valvular heart disease and cardiac disease in women.

At Queen’s he has held numerous administrative positions. He is currently Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.



Dr. Gary Burggraf


Born July 16th, 1941


  • BSc(physiol) McGill 1962, MD, CM McGill 1966
  • Post Graduate Training Rotating Internship Montreal General Hospital 1966-67
  • Junior Medical Resident NDMC Ottawa 1967-68
  • Cardiology Resident NDMC Ottawa 1968-70
  • Senior Medical Resident Kingston Gen. Hospital 1970-71
  • Cardiology Resident Kingston Gen. Hospital 1971-73
  • Chief Medial Resident Kingston Gen. Hospital 1972-73
  • Research Fellow University of North Carolina 1973-74

Hospital Appointments

  • Attending Staff HDH and KGH 1974-2006
  • Currently Associate Staff HDH and KGH
  • Consulting Staff SMOL


  • Professor Emeritus

Current Activities

  • Echocardiography Procedures and Interpretation KGH/HDH
  • General Cardiology follow up clinic HDH
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic HDH
  • Neuromuscular Disease Cardiomyopathy clinic SMOL
  • Teach in clinics and ECHO lab


Dr. John Smythe

Pediatric Cardiology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Smythe is the center’s pediatric cardiologist and as such oversees the pediatric and fetal echocardiography services. His also attends the Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinic, a transition clinic for adolescents with congenital heart disease. His current research interest is in the use and promotion of mindfulness in medical practice. He is currently studying the impact of a Mindfulness Training Program on perceived stress levels, coping strategies and empathy in medical students and residents.


Dr. Michael O’Reilly


Dr. O’Reilly practiced cardiology and hospital internal medicine in Nova Scotia for 20 years prior to moving to Queens University in 2007. He established the cardiology sub- specialty service at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville 1987 that grew into a three member division and private practice within the Annapolis Valley Health District. The division and private practice still offers the complete array of non-interventional cardiology services; transthoracic echo, transesophageal echo and stress echo, collaborative reading of nuclear cardiology studies, a pacemaker implant and follow-up program, an ambulatory monitoring service, a Heart Function Clinic, a Global Cardiovascular Risk Clinic and a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that combines physical retraining and dietary inventions. In addition to his subspecialty cardiology practice, Dr. O’Reilly practiced hospital-based internal medicine and critical care medicine.

Dr. O’Reilly arrived at Queens and began practicing at KGH and Hotel Dieu in 2007 when he joined the Echocardiography Section of the Division of Cardiology. He attends on the cardiology and the general medicine inpatient services and has an outpatient practice. He is the coordinator of the echocardiography training program for Queens.


Dr. Henryk Kafka




Dr. Raveen Pal


Dr. R.S. Pal is a cardiologist specializing in echocardiography and Cardiac CT. Dr. Pal gained her MD from the University of Toronto, followed by Internal Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, then Cardiology residency at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She then spent 2 years based in California, first at UCLA training in cardiac computed tomography (CT) with Dr. Matt Budoff, then at UCSF training in Echocardiography with Dr. Elyse Foster, Dr. Nelson Schiller, and Dr. Kirsten Fleischmann. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Epidemiology at Harvard University.

She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology both in Canada and the USA. She also holds Level 3 board certification in cardiac CT and echocardiography. She joined Queen’s faculty in 2009. Her clinical practice includes interpretation of echocardiograms, cardiac CT and a clinic practice with a focus on women’s health and valvular heart disease. She has an interest in medical education and is an active participant in undergraduate medical education as well as postgraduate education in echocardiography. Her research interests include investigation of 3D echocardiography, 3D strain and cardiac CT imaging applications. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in both cardiac CT and echocardiography. She is committed to providing excellent clinical care to the local community, to enhancing quality medical education, and to advancing the field of imaging to optimize patient care.


Echo Lab Administration

Manager: Reg Hart, RN 


Jann McGinn
Laura Hoag
Penny Spence

Echo Lab Sonography Staff


Colleen Londry RN, RDCS, CCNc, Charge RN

Diane Smith RDCS, RDMS

Catherine Falcon RN

Jian Zhang RDCS

Diming Shi RDCS

Paul Ewart DCS

Cheryl Morris RDCS



Elsie Hammond