Simon Maltais

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Simon Maltais
Born May 25, 1979
Laval, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Transplant Surgeon
General Surgeon
Spouse Claudia Tellier (2020-present)
Manon Landry (2009-2017)
Children Harry Patrick Maltais

Simon Maltais (born May 25, 1979) is a Transplant Surgeon and a General Surgeon in Thousand Oaks, California. Dr. Maltais has been practicing medicine for over 18 years and is highly rated in 16 conditions, according to our data.[1]

His top areas of expertise are Heart Failure, Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Aortic Regurgitation, and Tricuspid Regurgitation.

Early Life

Dr. Simon Maltais was born in Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, Canada. His parents, Monique Pelletier Maltais and Doris Maltais, married at a young age in Montreal.

Monique Maltais worked as an executive for Bell Canada, and Doris Maltais worked as a specialized welder and building drafter for CANAM Steel Corporation.

He graduated from high school with honors from Horizon Jeunesse in Laval, Quebec. The French Canadian won the “Avenir Personalité” contest in 1995, an award granted to the most promising high school student in the Montreal region. The ceremony was held in Montreal’s Olympic stadium, illustrating the prestige of the award.


Dr. Maltais received his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the distinguished Bois-de-Boulogne college in Montreal in June 1998. As an undergraduate, he worked as a mentor and leader for underprivileged college Spanish students and helped them as a valuable academic resource.

Following his undergraduate degree, Dr. Maltais attended Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec from August 1998 to June 2003, where he received his Medical Degree (M.D.) and a Master’s Degree in Physiology, focused on the bioregulation of the thyroid gland under Marie-France Langlois, MD. In 2001, he served as the university’s class president.

From August 2003 to June 2009, Dr. Maltais obtained his cardiac surgical training at the Montreal Heart Institute in Quebec at Montreal University, after which he spent another year completing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in 2010. His doctorate degree was focused on biomedical engineering and heart regeneration under the renowned Louis P. Perrault, MD, Ph.D. In addition, Dr. Maltais studied the paracrine effect of stem cells in chronic models of heart regeneration under Dr. Quoc Hung Ly and Dr. Perrault.

He then completed a 12-month fellowship in heart transplantation and circulatory support devices at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota under the supervision of Soon J. Park, MD.

Certifications and Awards

Dr. Maltais received numerous awards during his education and training, including the prestigious Canadian Royal College Detweiler traveling fellowship distinction. Among others, he made the dean’s excellence list for both his master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Maltais is board-certified in cardiac surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Dr. Simon Maltais is an active cardiac surgeon in the United States, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of heart transplantation, mechanical heart devices, and minimally invasive and robotically-assisted cardiac interventions. At the age of 35, he was among the youngest promoted as an associate professor at a nationally recognized institution. Before reaching 40, Dr. Maltais had already led two world-renowned programs in his specialty and had pioneered multiple novel approaches for advanced cardiac surgery interventions, including less invasive left ventricular device implantation. He is a frequent keynote speaker, has published more than 165 articles and has contributed to numerous books. Since he worked in two different countries and health systems, Dr. Maltais has a unique perspective on the delivery of care and its inherent challenges for healthcare workers.

After working extensively in both the United States and Canada health systems, Dr. Maltais gained expertise as a health and life balance advocate through the Health Coach Institute.

During the completion of his holistic health and wellness training, Dr. Maltais wrote a non-fiction book entitled Healthcare Anonymous: Put Yourself First to Avoid Anxiety, Addiction, and Burnout. The book offers a map for healthcare workers to understand their mental struggles and start a process of recovery.

Dr. Maltais also leads a newly created physician-driven integrative effort called Breakthrough Points that is committed to recognizing, understanding, and mentoring all individuals functioning in high-intensity and high-demanding environments, such as healthcare, business, and professional athletics. Through his efforts, Dr. Maltais has encouraged the formation of a community of leaders and has shaped a dedicated forum for the identification, understanding, prevention, and active comprehensive healing of chronic unhealthy behaviors, addictions, and associated physical and mental health-related issues, like depression, burnout, and anxiety.

Personal Life

Dr. Maltais currently resides in Malibu, California with his wife Dr. Claudia Tellier, who is also a non-invasive cardiologist, his son Harry, and a wonderful chocolate Labrador named Buddha. Dr. Maltais loves to travel around the world and continues to challenge medical taboos while helping others learn from his experience in the healthcare system. In his free time, Dr. Maltais takes acting classes through the University of California in Los Angeles, plays tennis, swims, and enjoys road biking with his friends and family. Memberships and Committees

Dr. Maltais is an active and recognized member of several major professional organizations, including the prestigious American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Heart Association (AHA), the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO), and the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society (21CCSS).

He has participated in the planning and execution of several of these annual meetings over the years, and continues to play an active role in several of these associations. Dr. Maltais has established a national and international reputation in mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation, and he is frequently invited as a speaker to society meetings. In 2015, he acted as the Chair of the ISHLT Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Academy, Co-Chaired the Planning Committee for the ASAIO meeting, and Co-Chaired the MCS Symposium at the AATS meeting. Dr. Maltais has continued to move up rapidly through these organizations and has been elected by his peers as the 2018 Chair of the MCS ISHLT Council. Dr. Maltais has been the acting Cardiac Track Co-Chair for the annual ASAIO meetings, and he has been invited by the 2018 AATS Planning Committee to direct the Mechanical Circulatory Support Academy at the 98th meeting in San Diego.

At Vanderbilt University, from 2011 to 2015, Dr. Maltais was the Surgical Director of the Heart Transplantation Program, Surgical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory, and Co-Director of the ECMO Shock Team. Dr. Maltais has been recognized as a leader in developing treatment for advanced heart failure in Tennessee as he has helped the Vanderbilt program to become a “premiere” advanced heart failure program in the country and in the world. He has performed numerous heart transplantations and mechanical device implants, depicting his productivity both clinically and academically.

Collaborating with other nationally recognized leaders, Dr. Maltais is one of the co-founders of the highly published Mechanical Circulatory Research Network, which is aimed to focus and analyze multi-institutional outcomes in left ventricular assist devices implant in the United States.