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Dr. Niall Ferguson - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Niall Ferguson Dr. Niall Ferguson

Head - Critical Care Medicine | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Dr. Ferguson is Head of Critical Care Medicine at UHN





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Dr. Niall Ferguson is Head of Critical Care Medicine at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Physiology, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Research Institute, and the Critical Care Lead for the Toronto-Central Local Health Integration Network. Dr. Ferguson’s research, which is supported by local, provincial, and national granting agencies, focuses on: (1) mechanical ventilation (epidemiology; weaning and liberation; extubation and tracheostomy); (2) acute respiratory distress syndrome (definitions; ventilatory management; trial design); and (3) novel modes of mechanical ventilation, including extra-corporeal life support. Dr. Ferguson is the Scientific Programme Chair for Critical Care Canada Forum, Canada’s premier critical care conference. He is a frequent invited-speaker at national and international meetings, having given over 250 such talks.

Industry Expertise (6)

Health and Wellness Research Health Care - Services Health Care - Providers Health Care - Facilities Advanced Medical Equipment

Areas of Expertise (4)

Mechanical Ventilation Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation Epidemiology

Education (4)

Madrid, Spain: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Canadian Lung-Association

University of Toronto: MSc, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research 2002

University of Toronto: Post-Graduate Training, Internal Medicine, Respirology, and Critical Care Medicine

University of Toronto: MD (Hons.), Medicine 1995

Affiliations (8)

  • Critical Care Medicine Research Advisory Committee : Secretary
  • University of Toronto Executive Committee : Research Committee Representative
  • American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine : Reviewer
  • Critical Care Medicine : Reviewer
  • Intensive Care Medicine : Reviewer
  • Medicina Intensiva : Editorial Board Member
  • University of Toronto : Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Toronto Research Institute

Articles (5)

Has mortality from acute respiratory distress syndrome decreased over time? A systematic review American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


It is commonly stated that mortality from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and acute lung injury (ALI) is decreasing. Objectives: To systematically review the literature assessing ARDS mortality over time and to determine patient-and study-level ...

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Evolution of mechanical ventilation in response to clinical research American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


Recent literature in mechanical ventilation includes strong evidence from randomized trials. Little information is available regarding the influence of these trials on usual clinical practice. Objectives: To describe current mechanical ventilation practices ...

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Recruitment Maneuvers for Acute Lung Injury American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


There are conflicting data regarding the safety and efficacy of recruitment maneuvers (RMs) in patients with acute lung injury (ALI). Objectives: To summarize the physiologic effects and adverse events in adult patients with ALI receiving RMs. Methods: ...

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Acute respiratory distress syndrome: Underrecognition by clinicians and diagnostic accuracy of three clinical definitions Critical Care Medicine


Objective: To determine and compare the diagnostic accuracy of three clinical definitions of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS):(1) the American-European consensus conference definition;(2) the lung injury score; and (3) a recently developed Delphi ...

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Noninvasive Positive - Pressure Ventilation for Respiratory Failure after Extubation The New England Journal of Medicine


The need for reintubation after extubation and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation is not uncommon and is associated with increased mortality. Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation has been suggested as a promising therapy for patients with ...

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