Message from the Section Heads

As co-heads of the Section of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Manitoba, we welcome you to our website. The Section is the hub for adult critical care in Manitoba, encompassing clinical excellence, education at all levels, and research. Critical care in Winnipeg has a long and distinguished history; for details, click here.

This site contains information about adult critical care in Winnipeg, a city of 782,000 people and the capital of the province of Manitoba, Canada. To start navigating this site, click on listed items on the left side of the page, or the hypertext links located elsewhere within the site. Questions about the Critical Care Residency (Fellowship) training program should be directed to the Residency Director, Dr. Marcus Blouw. Other questions about the Section can be directed to either one of the co-heads, Dr. Allan Garland or Dr. Bojan Paunovic.

Adult critical care in Winnipeg is under dual governance of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and the University of Manitoba Section of Critical Care Medicine.  The WRHA is the governmental authority responsible for all hospitals and ICUs. Academic components of critical care, including the Critical Care Residency, derive from the Section of Critical Care.

Within the three WRHA hospitals there are six adult ICUs: one medical, one surgical/trauma, two medical/surgical, one cardiac surgical, and one chronic respiratory. All except the cardiac surgical ICU have clinical governance from the WRHA Adult Critical Care Program, whose medical director is Dr. Bojan Paunovic; Dr. Paunovic is also co-head of the Section. The cardiac surgical ICU (ICCS) is under the WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program; all attending physicians who staff the ICCS are part of the Section.

Other than in Winnipeg, there is only a single adult ICU in Manitoba (in the city of Brandon over 200 km away) that is capable of providing around-the-clock, high intensity ICU care such as mechanical ventilation or renal replacement therapies. As a consequence, the catchment area for our ICUs includes all of Manitoba, a portion of the north-western area of Ontario, and a portion of the territory of Nunavut. Critical care transport, via specially equipped airplanes and helicopters, is therefore an integral part of critical care in Winnipeg.

We have more than 30 intensivists, who come from the departments of Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. Within the structure of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences of University of Manitoba, the Section of Critical Care is within the Department of Internal Medicine.