Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Emergency Medicine

Pronouns: he/him


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Emergency Medicine
(780) 407-6761
1G1.43 Mackenzie Health Science Centre
8440 - 112 St
T6G 2B7


Area of Study / Keywords

systematic reviews clinical trials cohorts


I am a Professor and the former Research Director (1997-2012) in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta and work clinically in Emergency Departments and an Urgent Care Centre within the Edmonton Zone.. I held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Acute Respiratory Emergencies for two terms (2001-2011) and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine for one term (2011-2018) through the CIHR and the Government of Canada. I am currently the Scientific Director (2016-2023) of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada's premier health research funding agency.


My research has been focused on evidence generation in the areas of acute cardio-respiratory conditions (e.g., syncope, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, asthma, COPD), neurological emergencies (e.g., head injuries, concussions, migraine headaches, imaging), and emergency department overcrowding. I have published 585 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 36 book chapter and have an h-index of 105. In addition, my team is dedicated to assisting in the training of the next generation of clinical trainees, clinician-scientists and scientists.


I teach evidence-based medicine to undergraduate and graduate students; for over a decade I was the Course Instructor of the Systematic Review course in the Department of Public Health Sciences.


Milestone: Celebrate my 31st wedding anniversary to Katharyn Webb on May 18, 2022. Thanks to my best friend for sticking with me on the journey! Son Bradly and fiancé Evyn (Haberstock) will be married in Kelowna on August 6th, 2022 - can't wait! Son Stewart in engaged to Kirsten (Puznak), will graduate from the University of Alberta Medical School this Spring, and will start a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) residency at the University of Alberta in July.

Student success: Britt Voaklander, BSc, MSc - former summer student and research assistant with EMeRG was accepted into McMaster University Medical School and started classes in the Fall of 2021-2022. Congratulations Britt!

Protected: proud to say I am fully vaccinated with three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine and still wear a surgical mask at all public gatherings. Thank you science!