2023 3CPR Mid-Career Award and Lecture - Brian Grunau, MD, MHSc

Brian Grunau

Brian Grunau, MD, MHSc

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC


Dr. Brian Grunau is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Emergency Medicine, and a Scientist at the Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes. Clinically he works as an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), is a medical consultant for the provincial BC Emergency Health Services and leads the Vancouver-based Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR) program for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

Dr. Grunau’s primary research interest is investigating strategies to improve outcomes from OHCA. He is the Co-Director of the BC Resuscitation Research Collaborative (RESURECT), which manages a provincial registry and performs clinical trials of OHCA. He has published over 135 peer-reviewed articles, including as first author in high impact journals such as JAMA and Circulation, with multiple citations in international resuscitation guidelines. He has received over $10 million in research funding. He enjoys supervising trainees at all levels, from undergraduate to post-doctoral, resulting in over 75 trainee authorships. He has authored chapters in the textbooks, including Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services: Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight.

Dr. Grunau contributes to the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) through several leadership roles, including as the chair of the Cardiac Arrest Committee. He enjoys international research collaborations on multiple continents, including contributing to clinical trials, registry collaborations, and speaking engagements. He has been volunteering for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for the past decade, including contributing to basic and advanced resuscitation educational curricula and assisting with advocacy efforts, with the goal of improving OHCA outcomes in our communities.