Dr. Brian Grunau is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Emergency Medicine, a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) within the Providence Healthcare Research Institute, and is the Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) ECPR program for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Since completing a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Manitoba, and residency training at UBC, he has worked as a Staff Emergency Physician at SPH since 2011. He completed a clinical research fellowship and a Masters of Health Sciences (MHSc) at the UBC School of Population and Public Health (2014 – 2016).
Dr. Grunau is a co-investigator at the B.C. Site of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a clinical trials network for the study of OHCA and trauma. His primary research interest is the management of OHCA patients in refractory arrest. He has developed protocols for cardiac arrest for the Providence Health Care (PHC) and Vancouver Coastal Health emergency departments. He sits on the PHC Cardiac Arrest Committee as well as the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Critical Care Committee. Dr. Grunau is a representative for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver CPR course development team.
Extracorporeal CPR (ECPR) is a research interest of Dr. Grunau, and he played the lead role in the development of the ED-based SPH OHCA ECPR Program, and in the expansion of this service to a regional program in partnership with the BC Ambulance Service. He is specifically interested in how the integration of ECPR into the management of OHCA’s may improve the overall survival of eligible patients within a regional emergency medical system. For research in this area he was awarded an AHA Young Investigator Award in 2014.
Dr. Grunau is also involved in the study of allergic reaction and anaphylaxis management in the ED, specifically examining the characteristics of biphasic reactions. He has contributed to national guidelines for anaphylaxis management.