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Additional Affiliations

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Research Interests
  • Resuscitation
  • Marginalized populations

Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. David Barbic completed his medical school at Queen’s University and Royal College residency training in Emergency Medicine at McGill. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His primary research interests include resuscitation after cardiac arrest and marginalized populations.

Dr. Barbic has two main areas of research. Firstly, he is interested in improving the care and survival of people experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). He is currently working on three main OHCA projects: i) A survey of public knowledge and attitudes towards OHCA, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in British Columbia ii) An analysis of the geographic distribution of OHCA in B.C. and non-traditional factors associated with improved survival iii) An analysis of rural versus urban OHCA in Canada.

Dr. Barbic’s other area of research is improving the care of marginalized patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED). Dr. Barbic has three main projects in this area: i) a double-blind, randomized controlled trial comparing intramuscular ketamine to a combination of intramuscular midazolam and haloperidol for patients presenting to the ED with agitated and violent behavior ii) a CIHR-funded, multi-centre study to derive a clinical decision rule for emergency department head CT scanning in seniors who have fallen, for which he is a co-investigator, and iii) developing improved screening and follow-up for depression and suicidal ideation in patients presenting to the ED.

Health research in the heart of Vancouver