Mike is the Clinical Lead (Safety, Education, Development) for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. He was previously a consultant physician in Critical Care and Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Having practiced as a general internist with a unique combination of interests in HIV and Critical Care, Mike was prompted to undertake fellowships in Critical Care and Infectious Diseases at McMaster University due to his experiences with SARS in Toronto. During the SARS outbreak Mike was involved on the front lines of SARS as a clinician on the SARS unit at Toronto General Hospital and also as an investigator working with the Health Canada/CDC investigation task force at North York General Hospital.
Mike’s academic pursuits focus on disaster/outbreak management and emergency preparedness. This field combines his infectious disease and critical care interests with his previous experiences as a paramedic. He recently lead an Ontario working group which developed the first critical care triage protocol for use in a possible pandemic. He is a member of the Ontario Ministry of Health, Emergency Management Unit Scientific Advisory Committee, and was a member of the American College of Chest Physician’s Critical Care Task force on Mass Casualty Critical Care in addition to other international task forces. Mike is currently a Director on the founding Board of the Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection.
Mike is a CIHR funded principal investigator and his publications include articles in the following journals: New England Journal of Medicine; Canadian Medical Association Journal; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Emerging Infectious Diseases; CHEST; Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness; and Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.
He is a Global Advisor on the Editorial Board of Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness in addition to being a reviewer for several journals including: Chest, Critical Care, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.