Dr. James Downar is a Critical Care and Palliative Care Physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. He graduated from McGill Medical School and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Palliative Care at the University of Toronto. He has a Master'ss degree in Bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He is the Program Director for the Conjoint Residency Program in Palliative Care at the University of Toronto and the current chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.
Dr. Downar's 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.
The authors respond to "The utility and value of the 'surprise question' for patients with serious illness".
CMAJ. 2017 Aug 21;189(33):E1074
CMAJ. 2017 Jul 31;189(30):E980-E989
CMAJ. 2017 Jun 26;189(25):E849-E850
Massive Ischemic Stroke Due to Pulmonary Barotrauma and Cerebral Artery Air Embolism During Commercial Air Travel.
Am J Case Rep. 2017 Jun 13;18:660-664
CMAJ. 2017 Jun 12;189(23):E808
Front Med (Lausanne). 2017;4:44
Crit Care Med. 2017 Jun;45(6):e627
The "surprise question" for predicting death in seriously ill patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
CMAJ. 2017 Apr 03;189(13):E484-E493
Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):149-155
Barriers to goals of care discussions with hospitalized patients with advanced heart failure: feasibility and performance of a novel questionnaire.
ESC Heart Fail. 2016 Dec;3(4):245-252
Cancer Clinical Research Unit (CCRU), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Staff, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, University Health Network
Program Director, Conjoint Program in Palliative Medicine, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Divisions of Critical Care and Palliative Care, University of Toronto
Chair, Postgraduate Education Committee, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians