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James Downar MDMC MHSc

James Downar graduated from McGill Medical School and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Palliative Care at the University of Toronto. He received a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto in 2010. He has worked as an attending physician in the Intensive Care Unit and Palliative Care consultation services at the University Health Network and Sinai Health System in Toronto since 2009. He has served as Program Director for the conjoint program in palliative medicine and the subspecialty program in palliative medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative, the chair of the Ethical Affairs committee of the Canadian Critical Care Society, and the co-chair of the Ontario Palliative Care Network’s Provincial Education Steering Committee. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, has been principal investigator on nine peer-reviewed grants, and is an Associated Medical Services Phoenix Fellow for 2016-8. His research interests include communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients and their families; Palliative Care for the Critically Ill; and Palliative Care for Noncancer Illnesses.

James will join the Department as the Head of the Division of Palliative Care, and will split his clinical time between the Intensive Care Unit at the Ottawa General Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit at Bruyere Continuing Care.