Andrew Kestler

Scientist, MD, MBA, MScPH, DTMH

Andy is an emergency physician at St. Paul’s, Vancouver General, and BC Children’s Hospitals in Vancouver, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Opioid agonist therapy
  • Substance use
  • Harm reduction

He has additional training in health care administration, public health, and tropical medicine.

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He has also lived and worked in Botswana, where he oversaw the launch of a new emergency medicine department and residency program. His current research and public health efforts focus on emergency department interventions for patients with opioid addiction. Completed projects include an evaluation of a novel emergency department take-home naloxone kit distribution program and the development of a take-home naloxone teaching app. His current focus includes implementing opioid agonist therapy (i.e., Suboxone) in emergency departments. Through his affiliation with the CIHR-funded Canadian Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM), he is conducting a national survey of emergency physicians on attitudes concerning harm reduction interventions in emergency departments.

Additional Affiliations

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC
  • Physician Lead, Emergency Department Opioid Crisis Response, St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Emergency Physician, St. Paul’s, Vancouver General, and BC Children’s Hospitals