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 perils of medico-legal advocacy in ICU conflicts at the end of life: A qualitative study of what happens when advocacy and best interests collide.
J Crit Care. 2019 Feb 10;51:149-155
CMAJ Open. 2018 Oct-Dec;6(4):E657-E663
J Frailty Aging. 2018;7(4):240-246
"It's better to have three brains working instead of one": a qualitative study of building therapeutic alliance with family members of critically ill patients.
BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Jul 09;18(1):533
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 May 14;:
J Grad Med Educ. 2018 Apr;10(2):168-175
Canadian hospital nurses' roles in communication and decision-making about goals of care: An interpretive description of critical incidents.
Appl Nurs Res. 2018 Apr;40:26-33
In reply: Reappraisal of the Canadian Critical Care Society's position on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
Can J Anaesth. 2018 Mar 16;:
CMAJ Open. 2018 Feb 16;6(1):E87-E94
The New "Opioid Crisis": Scientific Bias, Media Attention, and Potential Harms for Patients with Refractory Dyspnea.
J Palliat Med. 2018 Feb;21(2):120-122
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