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Laurie J. Morrison

M.Sc. (health research design), McMaster University; MD, McMaster University; FRCPC (emergency medicine), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Robert and Dorothy Pitts Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine

Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

Clinician Scientist, Emergency Medicine, LKSKI, University of Toronto

Director, Rescu, St. Michael's

Director, Collaborative Program in Resuscitation Sciences, University of Toronto

Professor, Medicine, University of Toronto

Professor, Health policy, management and evaluation, University of Toronto

Full member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Clinical Specialty

Emergency medicine

Research Interests

Prehospital and transport medicine, resuscitation research, medical futility decision rules, emergency health care delivery, acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest, life threatening trauma

Research Activities

The Rescu program is dedicated to the advancement of the science of emergency health care delivery in the out-of-hospital setting. Out-of-hospital emergency care delivery is a conjoint municipally and provincially funded system providing care to millions of patients a year, requiring multiple emergency medical services (EMS) systems and thousands of providers throughout the province of Ontario. This research program conducts emergency medical services systems research and has the ability and capacity to conduct large clinical trials. The research is described at www.rescu.ca. I conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to acute coronary syndrome and resuscitation, and have established a collaborative network to conduct and publish randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research. I am a National Institute of Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Canada funded investigator within the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.

Selected Research

Link to Pub Med

Other Activities

  1. Co-Chair, 2010 Advance Life Support (ALS) Taskforce, International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation
  2. Member, Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Committee, Emergency Cardiac Care, American Heart Association
  3. Past Chair, Research Policy and Planning Advisory Committee (RPPAC), Heart and Stroke Foundation

Educational Activities

I have an appointment with the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute of Medical Sciences as well as Health Policy, Management & Evaluation and am interested in accepting graduate students interested in metaanalyses, RCTs, decision rule and observational health services research in acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest or life threatening trauma. I am also the Director of the Collaborative Program in Resuscitation Sciences (www.resuscitationscience.ca) which provides subspecialty training in resuscitation to graduate students in 13 participating departments (basic science and engineering as well as clinical programs in nursing, pharmacy, rehabilitation, medicine etc.)


E-mail: morrisonl@smh.ca
Phone: 416-864-6060 ext. 7849
Fax: 416-864-5934
Website: http://www.rescu.ca