Advancing knowledge

Since its inception, the Department of Emergency Medicine has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to building research capacity and advancing knowledge in Emergency Medicine.

Our investigators have a broad range of research interests that reflect the diverse nature of clinical practice in emergency departments and in pre-hospital care. Our particular research strengths are in the areas of:

  • EMS and trauma systems
  • resuscitation
  • advanced airway management
  • point of care ultrasound
  • pain management
  • patient safety and clinical decision-making
  • medical education and knowledge transfer
  • public health and injury prevention
  • patient information and communication
  • geriatric emergency medicine

Our research program incorporates adult and pediatric emergency medicine, trauma and EMS. It networks across Maritime Canada, with sites in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.  We collaborate closely with colleagues across Canada and the United States, as well as participating in international networks such as IFEM.  We advise our residency programs on research and scholarly activities, and our research support team offer their expertise in clinical trial coordination, database management, research administration, grant applications and Research Ethics Board submissions.  This program is supported by the Dalhousie Emergency Medicine Research Council:


Chair and PEI Health: Dr. Aaron Sibley, MD, FRCPC, DABEM, Emergency Physician, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, PEI.

Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick: Dr. Paul Atkinson, MB, MA, FRCPC, Professor, Dalhousie University, Saint John Regional Hospital, New Brunswick.

QEII HSC/NSHA, Nova Scotia: Dr. Samuel Campbell, MB BCh, FCFP(EM), Dip PEC(SA), FCCHL, FRCP (Edin), Emergency Physician, QEII, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University.

EMS: Dr. Alexandra Carter, MD, FRCPC, MPH, Emergency Physician, Assistant Professor, Director of EMS, Dalhousie University, Program Director of EMS Fellowship, QEII.

IWK: Dr. Jason Emsley, MD, MSc, FRCPC, PhD, Research Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, IWK Health Centre.

Site Research Coordinators:

QEII HSC/NSHA, Nova Scotia: Corinne DeMone, Research and Education Manager, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University

IWK: Eleanor Fitzpatrick, RN MN ENC(C), Coordinator Research Program, IWK Emergency Department, Dept of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University

Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick: Jacqueline Fraser RNBN ENC, Research Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medical Medicine, Saint John Regional Hospital


Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Kirk Magee, BSc, MD,  MSc, FRCPC, Professor Dalhousie University, Chief Central Zone Network of Emergency Departments NSHA

QEII HSC/NSHA, Nova Scotia: Dr. Janet MacIntyre, MD, FRCPC, Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, QEII, Emergency Physician/Professor, In-House Paramedics.

IWK: Dr. Katrina Hurley, MD, MHI, FRCPC, Chief Emergency Medicine, IWK Health Centre, Division Head, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre

Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick: Dr. Michael Howlett, MD, CCFP(EM), MHSA, Clinical Academic Head, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Horizon Health Network, Saint John, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Saint John.

ARU/Residency/Fellowship Program Directors

Dr. Laurel Murphy, MD, FRCPC, Emergency Physician - QEII
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Royal College Residency Program Director

Dr. Robyn Clouston, MD, CCFP(EM),
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Saint John CCFP(EM) Integrated Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine, Saint John Site

Dr. Ryan Henneberry, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, RDMS, Dip Sports Med
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
CCFP(EM) Residency Program Director
Emergency Physician - QEII

Dr. Emma Burns, MD, FRCPC, Pediatric Emergency Physician - IWK
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, Director of Pediatric Point of Care Ultrasound, Education and Administration

Acute Research Unit Director (QEII): Dr. Mary-Lynn Watson, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine & Continuing Medical Education, Director Acute Research Unit.


Administrative Support                                                                                                                       Melissa MacDougall, Research Administrative Assistant, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University


Dr. Janet Curran, Clinical Scientist, IWK Health Centre

Dr. James French, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Chairman, New Brunswick Trauma Program Research Sub-Committee. Area 2 Emergency Simulation Lead, Dalhousie University.  Emergency Physician, Saint John Regional Hospital.

Several of our sites and divisions are national research leaders, including our Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  To learn more about our research please visit:         

For more information about research in the Department of Emergency Medicine, contact Corinne DeMone at

Thank you for your interest in research at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University.

Dr. Aaron Sibley, MD, FRCPC
Chair, Dalhousie Emergency Medicine Research Council
Research Director, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, PEI