Brian Rowe

Dr. Brian H. Rowe, MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP, FCAHS

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Scientific Director, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)
CIHR Scientific Director, Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN)
AHSTier I Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine
University of Alberta, 1G1.43 WMC, 8440-112 Street NW
780-407-6707
Brian.Rowe@ualberta.ca


Research Interests

Dr. Rowe is a member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta and a clinical Emergency Physician at the University of Alberta Hospital, both in Edmonton, Alberta. He obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa in 1984, and completed training in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1987. Dr. Rowe’s research training is in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and his interests include systematic reviews, clinical trials, airway diseases (e.g., asthma, COPD, community acquired pneumonia), cardiovascular conditions (e.g., atrial fibrillation, heart failure, chest pain) and injury prevention. He was the Research Director of the Division/Department of Emergency Medicine from 1997 to 2012 and was appointed Professor in 2003. In April of 2001 and 2006, Dr. Rowe was awarded a 21st Century Tier II Canada Research Chair in Emergency Airway Diseases, a salary award which runs for 5 years and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In 2012, he was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine. He was the Associate Dean (Clinical Research) for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta (2010-2014) and is the Scientific Director for the Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN) in Alberta Health Services (2013-present). Dr. Rowe contributes to the Airways Review Group (www.cochrane-airways.ac.uk) of the Cochrane Collaboration as a Co-editor and as an author and reviewer. He is the lead author of the textbook entitled Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine. In 2016, he was appointed as the Scientific Director for the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) at CIHR. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and community service awards and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Finally, he is cross-appointed in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

Highlighted Publications (past 3 years)

For a complete list of publications, click here.

Current Sources of Funding

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Alberta Innovated Health Solutions (AIHS)
  • Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute (SREMI), Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto
  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta 
  • Kingsway Emergency Physicians, Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Emergency Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services


Grants:

  1. Principal Investigator. Development, implementation and evaluation of the impact of a Choosing Wisely list of tests and interventions for Emergency Departments in Alberta. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Apr 2015-Mar 2018 ($250,000/year for 3 years).
  2. Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Stickland, Michael; University of Alberta). Developing and assessing the effectiveness of a post-discharge care pathway to reduce emergency department re-visits and hospital re-admission rates for patients with COPD. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Apr 2015-Mar 2018 ($749,379 over 3 years).
  3. Co-Investigator (PI: Andrew Cave; University of Alberta). Primary Care Pathway for Childhood Asthma. Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Partnerships in Research and Innovation in Health Services (PRIHS). Jan 2015-Dec 2017 ($250,000/year for 3 years).
  4. Co-Investigator (PI: Neil Drummond; University of Alberta). Alberta Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network: CIHR/SPOR Application. CIHR. 2015-2020 (100,000/year X 5 years).
  5. Co-Investigator (PI: Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy; University of Ottawa). Optimal management of low-risk syncope patients (SRG-15-P10-001) CANet Network Centre of Excellence. $730,344 (Aug 2015 to July 2018).
  6. Co-Investigator (PI: Perry J, University of Ottawa): A randomized controlled comparison of electrical versus pharmacological cardioversion for Emergency Department patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation. CIHR. July 2015-June 2018 ($1,091,193 over 3 years).
  7. Collaborator (Co-PIs: Hutchinson JS, Turgeon AF). Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC). CIHR. Dec 2015-Nov 2019 ($1,824,513)
  8.  Co-Investigator (PI: Hagel B, University of Calgary). A new approach for determining the cause of motor vehicle related paediatric bicycling injuries. Department of Pediatrics 2015 Innovation Awards Competition. 2016-2017 ($18,825 over 1 year).
  9. Co-Investigator (PI: Stelfox T/Leigh J, University of Calgary). Developing a framework for the de-adoption of low value clinical practices in acute care facilities. MSI Foundation. 2016-2017 ($50,000 over 1 year).
  10. Co-Investigator (PI: Ospina, MB, University of Alberta). Emergency Department Use During Pregnancy and Postpartum in Alberta. Maternal Newborn Child & Youth Strategic Clinical NetworkTM (MNCY SCNTM) Health Outcomes Improvement (HOI) Fund. 2017-2018 ($49,946 over 1 year).


Current Research Personnel

  • Cristina Villa-Roel, MD, MSc, PhD 
  • Lynette Krebs, MSc
  • Scott Kirkland, BSc, MSc
  • Stephanie Couperthwaite, BA
  • Lindsay Gaudet, BSc, MSc
  • Natalie Runham, BScN, RN
  • Justin Lowes, BSc
  • Pamela Pang, BScN, RN
  • Pamela Chow, BScN, RN
  • Amanda Santos, BScN, RN


Current Graduate Students (Funding)

  • Katelynn Crick, PhD
  • Jessica Moe, MPH
  • Lisa Jenson, PhD (WCHRI)
  • Nariman Sepehrvand, PhD