Chief of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
Dr. Laussen is the Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and holds the David and Stacey Cynamon Chair in Critical Care Medicine. In addition to leading the Department of Critical Care, Dr. Laussen’s other leadership roles at SickKids include being Chair of the hospital-wide Mortality & Morbidity Committee and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee. He is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Research Institute, and Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Toronto.
After graduating from Melbourne University Medical School in 1980, he completed fellowships in anesthesia and pediatric critical care at the Austin and Royal Children’s Hospitals in Melbourne, and was appointed to the staff in the Department of Anesthesia at the Royal Children’s Hospital from 1989 to 1992. In 1992, he moved to Boston Children’s Hospital, where he joined the faculty on the cardiac anesthesia service, Department of Anesthesia, and in the Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care, Department of Cardiology. Between 1996 and 2002, he was the co-director of the cardiac anesthesia service, and was appointed the first incumbent of the DD Hansen Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia. Between 2002 and 2012, he was Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Critical Care in the Department of Cardiology and appointed as Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School in 2008. In 2012, Dr Laussen was recruited to SickKids in Toronto to be the Chair of the Department of Critical Care.
In addition to clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Laussen conducts clinical research on the perioperative management of newborns, infants, children, and adults with critical congenital and acquired heart disease. In particular, he has experience in aspects of systems and human engineering applied to critical care, and has published and lectured on wide-ranging quality assurance initiatives in paediatric critical care. He is the lead developer of an innovative web-based program which enables clinicians to track in real-time the trajectory of patients during treatment in the critical care unit, and in turn, trigger new responses in management (Tracking, Trajectory, Trigger tool, or T3). This innovative tool provides meaningful visualization and integration of bedside physiologic data for clinicians in the critical care unit, and will also act as a hosting platform for the collection, storage, sharing and analysis of large amounts of physiologic information to develop predictive treatment algorithms. Dr. Laussen is also a co-founder of the internationally renowned risk management symposiums Risky Business (risky-business.com) which brings together leaders in high-risk industries to discuss ways of improving the safety and quality of health care.