We improve lives through excellence in clinical care, research and education. Our mission is to improve the lives of patients who are critically ill from neurologic illness through excellence in clinical care, research and education.
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Vancouver General Hospital is a 31-bed mixed medical-surgical unit affilitated with the University of British Columbia. The ICU is staffed by fellowship trained intensivist from a variety of subspecialty backgrounds, including: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, and respirology. There are over 1,300 admissions per year to the ICU at VGH.
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Intensive Care Physician and Associate Professor
Dr. Donald Griesdale is an intensive care physician and anesthesiologist at Vancouver General Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. Following his clinical training, he completed his Masters of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an Associate Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiologist and Evaluation with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. His clinical and academics areas of interest include patient safety in airway management and neurocritical care of patients with traumatic brain injury. He is currently funded by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Best of Health Fund having been the recipient of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Clinician Scientist Award for 2014. View research.
Intensive Care Physician and Clinical Assistant
Dr. Mypinder Sekhon, MD, is an intensive care physician and neurointensivist in the intensive care unit at Vancouver General Hospital. He is currently a clinical instructor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He completed his medical school training, internal medicine residency and critical care medicine subspecialty fellowship at the University of British Columbia prior to completing a neurocritical care fellowship at Addenbrooke's Hospital at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom under the guidance of Professors David Menon and Arun Gupta. His clinical and research interests include multimodal neuromonitoring, cerebral autoregulation disturbance after brain injury and critical care management of severe traumatic brain injury patients. View research.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurocritical Care
Denise has been a Registered Nurse since 1984 and was a bedside nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Vancouver General Hospital from 1988 to 2001. She has been an ICU Research Coordinator at VGH since 2001. She is a long standing member of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and was the Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Research Coordinators Group from 2009 to 2015. When not busy coordinating all aspects of critical care research, Denise enjoys travel and fine food? as evidenced by her glee in this photo taken in Italy.
Nicholas Fergusson is a University of British Columbia medical student and research associate with the Vancouver General Hospital Neurocritical Care Research Unit. He holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa. He has past experience working as a clinical research assistant at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His research interests include clinical trial design, ethics, and statistical analysis. Currently, he is leading a research initiative to characterize how organizational factors and occupancy strain in the intensive care unit impact clinical outcomes in the critically ill.