Shane Balthazaar PhD, RDCS, FASE

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Shane Balthazaar currently works at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. Shane does research in cardiac physiology, exercise rehabilitation and autonomic control of individuals with spinal cord injury. Shane’s current research focuses on the impact of exercise in the subacute phase of spinal cord injury on the cardiovascular system.


Dr Shane Balthazaar completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His dissertation focused on clinical cardiac function and the effects of exercise interventions on the cardiovascular system following spinal cord injury. He is a clinically trained sonographer, having worked at two of the major tertiary teaching hospitals in Western Canada before taking up his current post as a research fellow at Birmingham.


  • Cardiac function
  • Cardiovascular autonomic control
  • Exercise physiology
  • Machine learning/Artificial intelligence

Other activities

  • Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography
  • Professional Practice Committee – Sonography Canada
  • Exam Writing Committee – Sonography Canada


  • Cardiac Phenotyping of SARS-CoV-2 in British Columbia: A Prospective Echo Study With Strain Imaging, Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 2023 | Journal article, DOI: 10.4250/jcvi.2022.0120, Jeffrey Yim; Michael Y.C. Tsang; Anand Venkataraman; Shane J.T. Balthazaar; Ken Gin; John Jue; Parvathy Nair; Christina Luong; Darwin F. Yeung; Robb Moss; Sean A Virani; Jane McKay; Margot Williams; Eric C. Sayre; Purang Abolmaesumi; Teresa S.M. Tsang
  • Temporal Changes of Cardiac Structure, Function, and Mechanics During Sub-acute Cervical and Thoracolumbar Spinal Cord Injury in Humans: A Case-Series, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 2022 | Journal Article, DOI: 10.3389/fcvm.2022.881741Shane J.T. Balthazaar#; Tom E. Nightingale#; Katharine D. Currie; Christopher R. West; Teresa S.M. Tsang; Matthias Walter, and Andrei V. Krassioukov
  • Spinal cord injury impairs cardiac function due to impaired bulbospinal sympathetic control, Nature Communications, 2022-03-16 | Journal article, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29066-1, Mary P. M. Fossey#Shane J. T. Balthazaar#; Jordan W. Squair; Alexandra M. Williams; Malihe-Sadat Poormasjedi-Meibod; Tom E. Nightingale; Erin Erskine; Brian Hayes; Mehdi Ahmadian; Garett S. Jackson; Diana V. Hunter; Katharine D. Currie; Teresa S.M. Tsang; Matthias Walter; Jonathan P. Little; Matt S. Ramer; Andrei V. Krassioukov; Christopher R. West

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