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Additional Affiliations

Professor and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC
Executive Lead, BC Emergency Medicine Network

Research Interests
  • Resuscitation
  • Clinical Prediction Rules
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Prehospital care
  • Prehospital Stroke Interventions

Dr. Jim Christenson is an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He is a Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and has a wide range of experience in emergency care clinical research.

His primary research focus is in the area of cardiovascular emergencies, especially resuscitation science and diagnostic decisions for potential Acute Coronary Syndromes. He currently is a Co-Principal Investigator and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium which aims to improve care through early interventions in cardiac arrest and trauma across Canada. He is also the Principal Investigator of a neuro-protective intervention given by paramedics to patients with severe stroke (The FRONTIER Trial). Dr. Christenson leads a team that built and launched the BC Emergency Medicine Network (EMN) to facilitate knowledge sharing and clinical support for all emergency practitioners in British Columbia. It is growing quickly and changing the way physicians communicate about new knowledge and practice change. The EMN is currently exploring how it can support the emergency needs of Indigenous communities in the province.

He has been a volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for over 30 years and is currently the chair of the Resuscitation Advisory Committee and a representative on the Heart Rhythm Council.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver