CINQ Lab Members

Meet Our Team
The Cardiovascular Imaging Network at Queen’s, including members of the Echo Lab at the Kingston General Hospital, is made up of a diversely skilled team of faculty, fellows, students, research staff, administrative staff, and technical staff.


Dr. Amer M. Johri,

Director of CINQ

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Dr. Amer Johri is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.  He has served on the Boards of the ASE and Canadian Society of Echo, and is the immediate past Chair of the ASE Circulation and Vascular Ultrasound (CAVUS) Council. He is founder of the and the

His research focuses on innovation of ultrasound-based techniques to enhance risk stratification. Current thematic areas include:  cardiopulmonary POCUS, screening of special populations such as competitive athletes and women, analysis of vulnerable atherosclerotic carotid plaque through 3D, composition, and novel ultrasound contrast applications.  The CINQ Lab is currently pursuing collaborations in the areas of artificial intelligence for vascular analysis.

He is chair of the ASE guideline for the assessment of carotid arterial plaque by ultrasound.  He also chaired the recent ASE POCUS for COVID-19 Assessment statement.  Dr. Johri is passionate about education and curates the monthly podcast for the JASE- he enjoys receiving feedback or questions by twitter @amerjohri

Dr. Aws Almufleh

Core Researcher

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Dr. Aws Almufleh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University and the Physician Lead of the Heart Function Clinic in addition to his role in the Echocardiography Laboratory.

Dr. Almufleh’s clinical and research interests lie in optimizing outpatient management of patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, particularly in light of the rapid expansion of heart failure pharmacotherapy and the increasing challenges of therapeutic inertia. Besides research pursuit, Dr. Almufleh, under the mentorship of Dr. Parvathy Nair from the University of British Columbia, is leading a medical education project aimed at optimizing echocardiography competency training during cardiology fellowship which earned the Canadian Cardiovascular Ultrasound Research Excellence Award for Technology & Education – $50,000 CREATE Grant. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and is a co-investigator of the large-scale randomized controlled trial comparing Milrinone with Dobutamine in the Treatment of Cardiogenic Shock; published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2021.


Research Staff


Marie-France Hétu, PhD

Research Associate
CINQ Centre Manager



Yvette Chirinian, Dipl.-Biotech.

Research Assistant


Courtney McNamara, BSc

Research Assistant


Julia Herr, MSc

Research Coordinator



Nicholas Grubic, MSc

Research Assistant



Salwa Nihal, MBBS MPhil MSc

Research Educator



Graduate Students


Georgia Kersche, BSc

MSc Student (TMED)



Kiera Liblik, BSc

MSc Student (TMED) and Medical Student



Undergraduate Thesis Students


Matthew Williamson

PHGY 499 Student – DBMS


Heidi Corneil

Independent Study

Echocardiography Fellows and Internal Medicine Residents


Josh Durbin, MD

Cardiology Resident



Sherwin Wong, MD

Internal Medicine Resident


Jeffrey Lam, MD

Internal Medicine Resident


Medical Students


Edward Cui, BHSc

Medical Student

Summer Studentship



Ricky Hu

Medical Student



Sonu Varghese, MSc

Medical Student

Summer Studentship



Undergraduate Students / Volunteers