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  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    Section: Critical Care Medicine
    University of Manitoba
    Room GF-234 – 820 Sherbrook Street
    Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

    Phone: 204-787-1634


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My research focuses on microvascular physiology and sepsis in critical care, using both preclinical and translational approaches. In the intensive care unit (ICU), I use advanced biomedical optics (i.e. NIRS) and signals analysis to diagnose and treat cardiovascular failure. In the lab, I use small animal models to understand the mechanisms involved in sepsis pathogenesis, with a particular emphasis on how the microcirculation contributes to skeletal muscle dysfunction. I am coordinating a pan-Canadian multi-centre preclinical trial designed to test novel therapeutics in sepsis. The overall goal of my research program is to enhance bi-directional exchange of knowledge between clinicians and basic scientists to improve patient outcomes.


I was born in Montreal, Canada. After completing a degree in health sciences and music at Marianopolis College, I attended medical school at McGill University. I subsequently completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Master’s degree in experimental medicine.

My Master’s thesis focused on the design of novel osmotic agents for use in peritoneal dialysis. Next, I attended Western University for fellowship training in critical care, as well as the Clinician Investigation Program. I then completed Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) training in medical biophysics at Western University, where I focused on applied microvascular physiology and oxygen delivery in sepsis. Following this research and clinical training, I was recruited as a clinician-scientist to the University of Manitoba, department of internal medicine.

I am an active member in Canadian research networks in critical care, and have received numerous awards of merit throughout my research training. When I am not spending time in the lab or clinic, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and traveling with my wife, Rachel, and playing with my cats, Leo and Sterling.



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Internal Medicine
Room GC430, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada