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Daniel McIsaac, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Research Activities

Perioperative Health Systems and Outcomes Research Group

Dan's research involves the use of population-based health administrative data, knowledge synthesis, as well as prospective study, to identify structures and processes of care, and interventions, that can be harnessed to improve the care and outcomes of high-risk surgical patients.

Trainee projects and accomplishments

May 2017: Five trainees present at uOttawa Gary Johnson Research Day

L-R: David MacDonald (Fellow: Frailty and capacity assessment in older patients), Dima Pelipeychenko (R1: Shared Decision Making in older surgical patients), Gavin Hamilton (R3: Comparative assessment of different frailty assessments before surgery), Tim Jen (R2: Systematic review of interventions for frail surgical patients), Matt Vierula (MS4: Systematic review of ACB for knee surgery)?

March 2017: Abhi Patel presents at uOttawa undergrad research day


The impact of age and frailty on surgery-induced inflammatory response: a systematic review protocol??

November 2016: Matt Vierula presents at American Society of Regional Anesthesia Conference

Hospital-level practice variation in neuraxial anesthesia use for hip fracture surgery ?independently predicts 30-day mortality: a population-based cohort study

Does adductor canal block improve functional outcomes after knee surgery? A systematic review

November 2016: Nikhile Mookerji presents at OHRI Research Day


A systematic review of perioperative interventions to improve the outcomes of frail elderly patients having surgery

June 2016: Karim Abdulla wins Canadian Anesthesiologist's Society Resident Research Competition

Karim's abstract

CAS President Susan O'Leary presents Karim Abdulla with a certificate recognizing his victory in the CAS Resident Research Competition

June 2016: uOttawa residents are 2 of 6 finalists in the CAS Resident Research Competition

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Gavin Hamilton and Karim Abdulla at CAS 2016 in Vancouver

May 2016: Trainees present at uOttawa Anesthesiology Research Day

Left to right G Hamilton (Systematic review of the impact of postoperative delirium on mortality); K Abdulla (Association of delayed emergency surgery with mortality); E Cole (Scoping Review of regional anesthesia in enhanced recovery protocols); S Ben Zeev (Impact of PVB on short terms outcomes after breast cancer surgery).


March 2016: UROP project presented at uOttawa undergrad Research Day

J Di Michele (Systematic review of the impact of postoperative delirium on mortality)

December 2016: Evan Cole, MD co-author in BJA special edition for PGA 2015

Link: Regional and ERA-BJA 2015

October 2015: Karim Abdulla, MD presents at TOH Patient Safety Conference

Patient safety impact of delayed emergency noncardiac surgery

June 2015: Gavin Hamilton, MD chosen as Frailty Project Highly Qualified Personnel by a Canadian Frailty Network

CFN Catalyst Grant: Accuracy and acceptability of frailty instruments to identify patients at high risk of death or disability after surgery (PI D McIsaac)

June 2015: Kathryn Wheeler presents at Canadian Anesthesiologists Society Conference

Impact of TAP blocks on postoperative length of stay