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Dr. Jim Christenson is an emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital and was appointed as Professor and Head of the Academic Department of Emergency Medicine at UBC in September 2010 – December 2020.


From 2005 to 2010 he was the Vice-President, Medical Programs for the Emergency and Health Services Commission (EHSC) and embraced the challenge of optimizing care in the prehospital emergency setting. A keen interest in the best clinical practice during resuscitation motivated involvement in the CPR Guidelines process and extensive volunteer work with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the American Heart Association.


Dr. Christenson’s primary research interest is in resuscitation. He is the Principal Investigator for the BC Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and has been involved in various aspects of cardiac arrest and trauma research for 25 years. The Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium was a network of 10 academic and prehospital/emergency care centers across North America. He is now co-PI of the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium endeavoring to develop a pan-Canadian registry and facilitate clinical trials in cardiac arrest and major trauma. As a result of an active focus on the quality of resuscitation, the chance of survival in BC from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has risen from 6.6% in 2006 to 15.0% in 2016. These improved outcomes mean that every year 150 more British Columbians survive sudden unexpected death than just a few years ago. Dr. Christenson is committed to further increases in survival through improvements in the pre-hospital resuscitation and post-resuscitation phases of care across BC.


He is also keenly interested in developing a well-connected community of emergency physicians across the province and in galvanizing the faculty in the Department to support and facilitate the best care possible in the 107 hospital emergency departments in British Columbia. In September 2017, the BC Emergency Medicine Network was launched to provide support and facilitate communications among the 1100 physicians seeing emergency patients in the province.


For further information on the EMN visit the website:



Recent Peer Reviewed Publications



Graham Nichol, M.D., M.P.H., Brian Leroux, Ph.D., Henry Wang, M.D., Clifton W. Callaway, M.D., Ph.D., George Sopko, M.D., Myron Weisfeldt, M.D., Ian Stiell, M.D., Laurie J. Morrison, M.D., Tom P. Aufderheide, M.D., Sheldon Cheskes, M.D., Jim Christenson, M.D., Peter Kudenchuk, M.D., Christian Vaillancourt, M.D., Thomas D. Rea, M.D., Ahamed H. Idris, M.D., Riccardo Colella, D.O., M.P.H., Marshal Isaacs, M.D., Ron Straight, Shannon Stephens, Joe Richardson, Joe Condle, Robert H. Schmicker, M.S., Debra Egan, M.P.H., B.S.N., Susanne May, Ph.D., and Joseph P. Ornato, M.D., for the ROC Investigators*. Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR. N Engl J Med 2015:373;23, 2203-2214.


 Frank X Scheuermeyer, Brian Grunau, Rekha Raju, Stephen Choy, Christopher Naoum, Philipp Blanke, Cameron Hague, Brett Heilbron, Carolyn Taylor, Daniel Kalla, Jim Christenson, Grant Innes, Michaela Hanakova, Jonathon Leipsic. Safety and efficiency of outpatient versus emergency department-based coronary CT angiography for evaluation of patients with potential ischemic chest pain. Journal of cardiovascular computed tomography. Elsevier August 17, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.jcct.2015.08.001. (CA) (Citations:0)



Frank Xavier Scheuermeyer MD, MHSc, Martha Mackay RN, PhD, Jim Christenson MD, Eric Grafstein MD, Reza Pourvali MD, Claire Heslop MD, PhD, Jan MacPhee MD, MSc, John Ward MD, Brett Heilbron MD, Lorraine McGrath and Karin Humphries MSc, DSc. There Are Sex Differences in the Demographics and Risk Profiles of Emergency Department (ED) Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter, but no Apparent Differences in ED Management or Outcomes. Article first published online: 20 AUG 2015. Vol 22, Issue 9, 1067-1075. DOI: 10.1111/acem.12750 (CA) (Citations:0)


Sheldon Cheskesa, Robert H. Schmickerb, Tom Rea, Judy Powell, Ian R. Drennana, Peter Kudenchuk, Christian Vaillancourt, William Conway, Ian Stiell , Dion Stub, Dan Davis, Noah Alexander, Jim Christenson, the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) investigators. Chest compression fraction: A time dependent variable of survival in shockable out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Volume 97, December 2015, Pages 129–135.


Brian E Grunau, Jim Christenson, Steven C Brooks.Targeted temperature management after out-of- hospital cardiac arrest: who, when, why, and how? Canadian Family Physician 2016:61:2 129-134. (CA) 



P.J. Kudenchuk, S.P. Brown, M. Daya, T. Rea, G. Nichol, L.J. Morrison, B. Leroux, C. Vaillancourt, L. Wittwer, C.W. Callaway, J. Christenson, D. Egan, J.P. Ornato, M.L. Weisfeldt, I.G. Stiell, A.H. Idris, T.P. Aufderheide, J.V. Dunford, M.R. Colella, G.M. Vilke, A.M. Brienza, P. DesvigneNickens, P.C. Gray, R. Gray, N. Seals, R. Straight, and P. Dorian, for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Investigators* Amiodarone, Lidocaine, or Placebo in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. N Engl J Med 2016;374:1711-22.


Brian Grunau, Frank Xavier Scheuermeyer, Dion Stub, Robert H. Boone, Joseph Finkler, Sarah Pennington, Sarah Ann Carriere, Anson Cheung, Ruth MacRedmond, Jamil Bashir, Jim Christenson. Potential Candidates for a Structured Canadian ECPR Program for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. CJEM 2016;0(0) Pages 1-8.


Stiell IG, Artz JD, Lang ES, Sherbino J, Morrison LJ, Christenson J, Perry JJ, Topping C, Woods R, Green RS, Lim R1, Magee K, Foote J, Meckler G, Mensour M, Field S, Chung B, Kuuskne M, Ducharme J, Klein V, McEwen J. An Environmental Scan of Academic Emergency Medicine at the 17 Canadian Medical Schools: Why Does this Matter to Emergency Physicians? CJEM. 2017 Jan;19(1):39-46. doi: 10.1017/cem.2016.346. Epub 2016 Jul 21.


Sinclair D , Worthington JR , Joubert G , Holroyd BR , Stempien J , Letovsky E , Rutledge T , LeBlanc C , Pitters C , McCallum A , Carr B , Gerace R , Stiell IG , Artz JD , Christenson J . CAEP 2015 Academic Symposium: Leadership within the emergency medicine academic community and beyond. CJEM [2016, 18 Suppl 1:S1-9].


Lang ES , Artz JD , Wilkie RD , Stiell IG , Topping C , Belanger FP , Afilalo M , Renouf T , Crocco A , Wyatt K , Christenson J . CAEP 2015 Academic Symposium: Current State and Recommendations to Achieve Adequate and Sustainable Funding for Emergency Medicine Academic Units. CJEM [2016, 18 Suppl 1:S10-7]


Brian Grunau, Joshua Reynolds, Frank Scheuermeyer, Robert Stenstom, Dion Stub, Sarah Pennington, Sheldon Cheskes, Krishnan Ramanathan, Jim Christenson. Relationship between Time-to-ROSC and Survival in Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest ECPR Candidates: When is the Best Time to Consider  Transport to Hospital? Prehospital Emergency Care 2016/3/16 Pages 1-8


Brian Grunau, Joshua C Reynolds, Frank X Scheuermeyer, Robert Stenstrom, Sarah Pennington, Chris Cheung, Jennifer Li, Mona Habibi, Krishnan Ramanathan, David Barbic, Jim Christenson. Comparing the prognosis of those with initial shockable and non-shockable rhythms with increasing durations of CPR: Informing minimum durations of resuscitation. Resuscitation 2016/4/30 Vol 100 Pages 50-56.


David Petrie, Anil Chopra, Alecs Chochinov, Jennifer D. Artz, Michael Schull, John Tallon, Gordon Jones, Shannon MacPhee, Margaret Ackerman, Ian G. Stiell, Jim Christenson. CAEP 2015 Academic Symposium: Recommendations for University Governance and Administration for Emergency Medicine. CJEM 2016 1-8.


David Barbic, Brian Klinkenberg, Brian Grunau and Jim Christenson. Do neighbourhoods in Vancouver and surrounding areas demonstrate different rates of bystander CPR and survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest? Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. DOI: Published online October 17, 2016.


Laurie J. Morrison, Sean M. Devlin, Michael C. Kontos, Sheldon Cheskes, Tom P. Aufderheide, Jim Christenson, Joseph P. Ornato, Ian G. Stiell, Valeria E. Raci. The association of maximum Troponin values post out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with electrocardiographic findings, cardiac reperfusion procedures and survival to discharge; A Sub-study of ROC PRIMED. RESUSCITATION. February 2017. 111:82–89


Stiell IG, Artz JD, Lang ES, Sherbino J, Morrison LJ, Christenson J, Perry JJ, Topping C, Woods R,  Green RS, Lim R, Magee K, Foote J, Meckler G, Mensour M, Field S, Chung B, Kuuskne M, Ducharme J, Klein V, McEwen J. An Environmental Scan of Academic Emergency Medicine at the 17 Canadian Medical Schools: Why Does this Matter to Emergency Physicians? CJEM 2017;19(1):39-46.


Grunau B, Taylor J, Scheuermeyer FX, Stenstrom R, Dick W, Kawano T, Barbic D, Drennan I,  Christenson J. External Validation of the Universal Termination of Resuscitation Rule for Out-of-Hospital  Cardiac Arrest in British Columbia. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Mar 14.  doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.01.030


Sheldon Cheskes, Robert H. Schmicker, Tom Rea, Laurie J. Morrison, Brian Grunau, Ian R. Drennan, Brian Leroux, Christian Vaillancourt, Terri A. Schmidt, Allison C. Koller, Peter Kudenchuk, Tom P. Aufderheide, Heather Herren, Katharyn H. Flickinger, Mark Charleston, Ron Straight, Jim Christenson for the ROC investigators. The Association between AHA CPR Quality Guideline Compliance and Clinical Outcomes from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Resuscitation 2017;116: 39–45.


Antiarrhythmic Drugs for Non-Shockable-Turned-Shockable Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: The Amiodarone, Lidocaine or Placebo Study (ALPS). Peter J. Kudenchuk, Brian G. Leroux, Mohamud Daya, Thomas Rea, Christian Vaillancourt, Laurie J. Morrison, Clifton W. Callaway, James Christenson, Joseph P. Ornato, James V. Dunford, Lynn Wittwer, Myron L. Weisfeldt, Tom P. Aufderheide, Gary M. Vilke, Ahamed H. Idris, Ian G. Stiell, M. Riccardo Colella, Tami Kayea, Debra A. Egan, Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, Pamela Gray, Randal Gray, Ron Straight, Paul Dorian and The Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Investigators. Circulation. 2017;CIRCULATIONAHA.117.028624. Originally published September 13, 2017


Brian Grunau, MD, MHSc; Sarah Carrier, BSN; Jamil Bashir, MD; William Dick, MD, MS; Luke Harris, MSc; Robert Boone, MD, MSc; Dan Kalla, MD; Frank Scheuermeyer, MD, MHSc; Brian Twaites, ALS; Ron Straight, MA, ALS; James Abel, MD, MSc; Ken McDonald, MD; Ruth MacRedmond; David Agulnik, MD; Joe Finkler, MD, MSc; Jeanne MacLeod, MD; Jim Christenson, MD; Anson Cheung, MD. A comprehensive regional clinical and educational ECPR protocol decreases time to ECMO in patients with refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. CJEM. 2017 Aug 16:1-10. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.376.