James Downar, MD, CM, MHSc, FRCPC

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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.
CMAJ Open. 2019 Apr-Jun;7(2):E306-E315
Hill AD, Stukel TA, Fu L, Scales DC, Laupacis A, Rubenfeld GD, Wunsch H, Downar J, Rockwood K, Heyland DK, Sinha SK, Zimmermann C, Gandhi S, Myers J, Ross HJ, Kozak JF, Berry S, Dev SP, La Delfa I, Fowler RA
Syst Rev. 2019 Apr 05;8(1):88
Deschamps J, Gilbertson J, Straube S, Dong K, MacMaster FP, Korownyk C, Montgomery L, Mahaffey R, Downar J, Clarke H, Muscedere J, Rittenbach K, Featherstone R, Sebastianski M, Vandermeer B, Lynam D, Magnussen R, Bagshaw SM, Rewa OG
J Palliat Med. 2019 Mar 21;:
Chin-Yee N, Taylor J, Downar J, Tanuseputro P, Saidenberg E
CMAJ Open. 2018 Oct-Dec;6(4):E657-E663
Downar J, Green S, Radhakrishnan A, Wales J, Kim G, Seccareccia D, Wiebe K, Myers J, Kawaguchi S
J Frailty Aging. 2018;7(4):240-246
Downar J, Moorhouse P, Goldman R, Grossman D, Sinha S, Sussman T, Kaasalainen S, MacDonald S, Moser A, You JJ
BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jul 09;18(1):533
Kalocsai C, Amaral A, Piquette D, Walter G, Dev SP, Taylor P, Downar J, Gotlib Conn L
J Grad Med Educ. 2018 Apr;10(2):168-175
des Ordons AR, Cheng A, Gaudet J, Downar J, Lockyer J


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