UBC Department of Emergency Medicine Research Director
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Dr Riyad B. Abu-Laban is an Emergency Physician at VGH, Associate Professor and Research Director of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), and Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. He holds a MHSc in epidemiology from UBC, has a wide range of research publications, and was principal investigator on two cardiac arrest RCTs published in the NEJM (2002) and the Lancet (2006). In recent years his focus has shifted to research facilitation and education through his DEM administrative role. Dr. Abu-Laban has provided academic mentorship to several DEM faculty members and VCHRI career award recipients, and has taught on clinical trials for the VCHRI Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation where he is a Research Associate. In 2011 he developed and launched a novel 1 month annual research education rotation for UBC Royal College Emergency Medicine Residents called the “NERD Block” (see Research section of this website for further details) that was highly evaluated and expanded in 2012 to include Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows and EM Faculty Members. Dr. Abu-Laban chairs monthly DEM “Research in Progress Rounds”, provides methodologic support to DEM researchers, and is active as a collaborator on a number of ongoing research studies in emergency medicine. His most recent principal investigator publication is a mixed outcomes study on the NERD Block (Can J Emerg Med, 2013, in press).

  • Abu-Laban RB, Jarvis-Selinger S, Newton L, Chung B. Implementation and Evaluation of A Novel Research Education Rotation For Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Emergency Medicine Residents. Can J Emerg Med (in press for 2013).
  • Sivilotti ML, Abu-Laban RB. Inhaling smoke causes smoke inhalation: put that in your hookah pipe! CJEM. 2012 Jan;14(1):3-4.
  • Hohl CM, de Lemos J, Abu Laban RB. Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events. N Engl J Med. 2012 Mar 1;366(9):858-9; author reply 859-60.
  • Filiatrault L, Harriman D, Abu-Laban RB, Mark Fitzgerald J, Chahal AM, Douglas McKnight R. Compliance with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians’ asthma clinical practice guidelines at a tertiary care emergency department.
    Can J Emerg Med. 2012 Jul 1;14(4):224-32.
  • Gina K Gill G, Fukushima E, Abu-Laban RB, Sweet DD.
    Prevalence of advance directives among elderly patients attending an urban Canadian emergency department.
    Can J Emerg Med. 2012 Mar;14(2):90-6.
  • Andolfatto G, Abu-Laban RB, Zed PJ, Staniforth SM, Stackhouse S, Moadebi S, Willman E. Ketamine-propofol combination (ketofol) versus propofol alone for emergency department procedural sedation and analgesia: a randomized double-blind trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2012 Jun;59(6):504-12.e1-2.
  • Hohl CM. Nosyk B. Kuramoto L. Zed PJ. Brubacher JR. Abu-Laban RB. Sheps SB. Sobolev B.Outcomes of emergency department patients presenting with adverse drug events.Annals of Emergency Medicine. 58(3):270-279.e4, 2011 Sep.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Evans C. An Award and A Legacy.
    Can J Emerg Med, 13(3): 141, 2011.
  • McGregor, M. J., Baumbusch, J., Abu-Laban, R. B., McGrail, K. M., Andrusiek, D., Globerman, J. et al. (2011). A Survey of Nursing Home Organizational Characteristics Associated with Potentially Avoidable Hospital Transfers and Care Quality in One Large British Columbia Health Region. Canadian Journal on Aging/Revue canadienne du vieillissement, 30, 551-561.
  • Fox JL, Vu EN, Doyle-Waters M, Brubacher JR, Abu-Laban R, Hu Z.
    Prophylactic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury: a quantitative systematic review. CJEM, 12(4):355-64, 2010.
  • Ducharme J, Abu Laban RB, Sivilotti ML, Rowe BH. Emergency medicine in Canada: a call to arms. CJEM;12(1):8-13, 2010.
  • Hohl CM, Abu-Laban RB, Zed PJ, Brubacher JR, Tsai G, Kretz P, Nemethy K, Purssell RA. Patient-reported adverse drug-related event from emergency department discharge prescriptions. CJEM, 12(4):331-8, 2010.
  • Rowe BH, Villa-Roel C, Abu-Laban RB, Stenstrom R, Mackey D, Stiell IG, Campbell S, Young B. Admissions to Canadian hospitals for acute asthma: A prospective, multicentre study. Can Respir J.;17(1):25-30, 2010.
  • Purssell R, Brown D, Brubacher JR, Wilson J, Fang M, Schulzer M, Mak E, Abu-Laban RB, Simons R, Walker T.Proportion of injured drivers presenting to a tertiary care emergency department who engage in future impaired driving activities. Traffic Inj Prev;11(1):35-42, 2010.
  • Hohl CM, Zed PJ, Brubacher JR, Abu-Laban RB, Loewen PS, Purssell RA. Do emergency physicians attribute drug-related emergency department visits to medication-related problems?Ann Emerg Med;55(6):493-502, 2010.
  • Scott IM, Abu-Laban RB, Gowans MC, Wright BJ, Brenneis FR. Emergency medicine as a career choice: a descriptive study of Canadian medical students. Can J Emerg Med 11(3), 196-206, 2009.
  • Shuster M, Abu-Laban RB, Boyd J. the role of radiographs in anterior shoulder dislocation. J Emerg Med, 36(2):190; author reply 190-1, 2009.
  • Boyd J, Haegeli P, Abu-Laban RB, Shuster M, Butt JC. Patterns of death among avalanche fatalities: a 21 year review. Can Med Association J 180, 507-12, 2009.
  • Zed PJ, Abu-Laban RB, Shuster M, Green RS, Slavik RS, Travers AH. Update on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care guidelines. Am J Health Syst Pharm 65(24), 2337-46, 2009.
  • Hohl CM, Abu-Laban RB, Brubacher JR, Zed PJ, Sobolev B, Tsai G, Kretz P, Nemethy K, Bijlsma JJ, Purssell RA. Adherence to Emergency Department Discharge Prescriptions. Can J Emerg Med, 11(2), 131-8, 2009.
  • Zed PJ, Abu-Laban RB, Balen RM et al. Incidence, severity and preventability of medication-relatd visits to the emergency department: a prospective study. Can Med Assc J, 178(12), 1563-9, 2008.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Emergency medicine certification in Canada: the years march on but the questions remain the same, Can J Emerg Med 10(2), 101-3, 2008.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Rutledge T. Emergency medicine training in Canada: The authors respond, 10(4), 322-24, 2008.
  • Brubacher JR, Mabie A, Ngo M, Abu-Laban RB, Buchanan J, Shenton T, Purssell R. Substance-related problems in patients visiting an urban Canadian emergency department. Can J Emerg Med 10(3), 198-204, 2008.
  • Lynd LD, Richardson KJ, Purssell RA, Abu-Laban RB, Brubacher JR, Lepik KJ , Sivilotti MLA. An evaluation of the osmole gap as a screening test for toxic alcohol poisoning. BMC Emergency Medicine April 28, 8:5, 2008.
  • Burner P, Potts J, Ait-Khaled N, Sepulveda RMD, Zidouni N, Benali R. Musa JM, El-Sony A, Behbehani N, El-Sharif N, Mohammed T, Khouri A, Paralija B, Eiser N, Fitzgerald M, Abu-Laban RB. A multinational study of treatment failures in asthma management. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis, 12(1), 13-18, 2008.
  • Khazei A, Harrison, D, Abu-Laban RB, Mitra A. Potential missed cerebral gas embolism in patients with in-hospital ischemic stroke. Diving and Hyperbaric Med, 37(2), 58-64, 2007.
  • Zed PJ, Abu-Laban RB, Chan WWY, Harrison DW Efficacy. Safety and Patient Satisfaction with the use of Propofol for Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in the Emergency Department: A Prospective Study. Can J Emerg Med, 9(6), 421-27, 2007.
  • Rowe BH. Campbell SG. Boudreaux ED. Colman I. Abu-Laban RB. Sivilotti ML. Clark S. Camargo CA Jr. Community-acquired pneumonia in North American emergency departments: drug resistance and treatment success with clarithromycin. Academic Emergency Medicine. 14(7):607-15, 2007.
  • Samoy LJ. Zed PJ. Wilbur K. Balen RM. Abu-Laban RB. Roberts M. Drug-related hospitalizations in a tertiary care internal medicine service of a Canadian hospital: a prospective study. Pharmacotherapy. 26(11):1578-86, 2006.
  • Abu-Laban RB, McIntyre CM, Christenson JM, van Beek CA, Innes GD, O’Brien R, Wanger K, McKnight RD, Gin KG, Zed PJ, Watts J, Puskaric J, MacPhail IA, Berringer RG, Milner RA. Aminophylline in Bradyasystolic Cardiac Arrest: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial.
    Lancet, 367:1577-84, 2006.
  • Salter AE, Khan KM, Donaldson MG, Davis JC, Buchanan J, Abu-Laban RB, Cook WL, Lord SR, McKay HA. Community –Dwelling Seniors Who Present to the Emergency Department with a Fall Do Not Receive Guideline Care and Their Fall Risk Profile Worsens Significantly: A 6 Month Prospective Study. Osteoporosis Int, 17(5), 672-83, 2006.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Amiodarone and apparently unimproved survival from in-hospital cardiac arrest: Association, causation, or a mix of both? Can J Cardiology, 22(3), 203-4, 2006.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Christenson JM, Innes GD. Effect of Thromobolysis During Out-Of-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Am J Cardiol, 98(3), 426-7, 2006. (Letter)
  • Abu-Laban RB. The junkyard dogs find their teeth: addressing the crisis of admitted patients in Canadian emergency departments. Can J Emerg Med. 8(6):388-91, 2006.
  • Zed PJ. Abu-Laban RB. Harrison DW. Intubating conditions and hemodynamic effects of etomidate for rapid sequence intubation in the emergency department: an observational cohort study. Academic Emergency Medicine. 13(4):378-83, 2006.
  • Kuzak N. Ishkanian A. Abu-Laban RB. Posterior sternoclavicular joint dislocation: case report and discussion. Can J Emerg Med. 8(5):355-7, 2006.
  • Zed PJ. Mabasa VH. Slavik RS. Abu-Laban RB. Etomidate for rapid sequence intubation in the emergency department: is adrenal suppression a concern? Can J Emerg Med. 8(5):347-50, 2006.
  • Wiens MO. Zed PJ. Lepik KJ. Abu-Laban RB. Brubacher JR. Gorman SK. Kent DA. Purssell RA. Adequacy of antidote stocking in British Columbia hospitals: the 2005 Antidote Stocking Study. Can J Emerg Med. 8(6):409-16, 2006.
  • Numerous International Evidence Evaluation Worksheet Authors including Abu-Laban RB. Part 4 Advanced Life Support, Circulation 112(22), Supplement, 25-54, 2005.
  • Numerous International Evidence Evaluation Worksheet Authors including Abu-Laban RB. 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation 112(24), (see pp B1-B5 for listings), Supplement, 2005.
  • Koshman S, Zed PJ, Abu-Laban RB. Vasopressin in Cardiac Arrest. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 39:1687-92, 2005.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Reflections on ACLS. Can J Emerg Med 7(6), 415-6, 2005.
  • Worster A, Rowe BH, Stiell IG, Borgundvaag B, Sivilotti MLA, Campbell SG, Fernandes CMB, Mackey DS, Woolfrey K, Abu-Laban RB, Lee JS. Clinical Research in the Emergency Department Conducted by Non-Emergency Physicians: Potential Problems and Proposed Recommendations. Can J Emerg Med 7(4):241-5, 2005.
  • Shuster M, Abu-Laban RB, Boyd J, Gauthier C, Mergler S, Shepherd L, Turner C. Focused Abdominal Ultrasound for Blunt Trauma in an Emergency Department Without Advanced Imaging or On-Site Surgical Capability. Can J Emerg Med 6(6), 408-15, 2004.
  • Moser MS, Abu-Laban RB, van Beek CA. Attitude Of Emergency Department Patients With Minor Problems To Being Treated By A Nurse Practitioner. Can J Emerg Med 6(4), 246-52, 2004.
  • Zed PJ, Abu-Laban RB, Cadieu T, Purssell RA, Filiatrault L. Fibrinolytic administration for acute myocardial infarction in a tertiary ED: factors associated with increased door-to-needle time. Am J Emerg Med 22;192-6, 2004
  • Purssell RA, Yarema M, Wilson J, Fang M, Simons R, Kasic S, Abu-Laban RB, Brubacher J, Lupu I. Proprotion of injured alcohol-impaired drivers subsequently convicted of an impaired driving criminal code offence in British Columbia. Can J Emerg Med 6(2), 80-88, 2004.
  • Zed PJ, Rowe BH, Loewen PL, Abu-Laban RB. Systematic reviews in emergency medicine. Part 1: Background and general principles on locating and critically appraising reviews. Can J Emerg Med 5(5), 331-335, 2003.
  • Zed PJ, Rowe BH, Loewen PL, Abu-Laban RB. Systematic reviews in emergency medicine. Part 2: Critical appraisal of review quality, data synthesis, and result interpretation. Can J Emerg Med 5(6), 406-411, 2003.
  • Shuster M, Abu-Laban RB, Boyd J, Gauthier C, Mergler S, Shepherd L, Turner C. A Prospective Evaluation of Clinical Assessment in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Clavicle Fracture: Are Radiographs Really Necessary? Can J Emerg Med 5(5), 309-313, 2003.
  • Clark K, Abu-Laban RB, Zed PJ, Graham L. Neurologically normal survival after fibrinolysis during prolonged cardiac arrest: case report and discussion. Can J Emerg Med 5(1) 49-53, 2003.
  • Abu-Laban RB, van Beek CA, Quan J, Wu J. Willingness of emergency department patients with musculoskeletal complaints to participate in complementary and alternative medicine research. Can J Emerg Med 4(6), 401-407, 2002.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Christenson JM, Innes GA. Tissue plasminogen activator in cardiac arrest with pulseless electrical activity: a randomized placebo controlled trial (Letter/Response). New England Journal of Medicine 347(16), 1281-1282, 2002.
  • Worster A, Innes GA, Abu-Laban RB. Diagnostic testing in emergency medicine. Can J Emerg Med 4(5), 348-354, 2002.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Christenson JM, Innes GA, et al. Tissue plasminogen activator in cardiac arrest with pulseless electrical activity: a randomized placebo controlled trial. New England Journal of Medicine N Engl J Med. 2002 May 16;346(20):1522-8. Erratum in: N Engl J Med. 2003 Oct 9;349(15):1487.
  • Shuster M, Abu-Laban RB, Boyd J, Gauthier C, Sheperd L, Turner C. Prospective evaluation of a guideline for the selective elimination of pre-reduction radiographs in clinically obvious anterior shoulder dislocation. Can J Emerg Med 4(4), 257-262, 2002.
  • Purssell RA, Pudek M, Brubacher J, Abu-Laban RB. Derivation and Validation of a Formula to Calculate the Contribution of Ethanol to the Osmolal Gap. Annals of Emerg Med 38(6), 653-659, 2001.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Method or Madness: A Methodology Section in Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine? Can J Emerg Med; 7(3), 175, 2001.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Zed P, Purssell R, Evans K. Severe methemoglobinemia from topical anesthetic spray: case report, discussion and qualitative systematic review. Can J Emerg Med 3(1): 51-6, 2001.
  • Vissers RJ, Abu-Laban RB, McHugh DF. Amylase and Lipase in the Emergency Department Evaluation of Acute Pancreatitis. J Emerg Med 17(6), 1027-1037, 1999.
  • Abu-Laban RB. The Cobra Event. Can J Emerg Med, 1(3):217, 1999.
  • Shuster M, Abu-Laban RB, Boyd J. Pre-reduction Radiographs in Clinically Evident Anterior Shoulder Dislocation. Am J Emerg Med, 17(7) 653-655, 1999.
  • Abu-Laban RB et.al. Bolus Thrombolytic Infusions During CPR. Annals Emerg Med. 32(3): Sept. 1998.
  • Abu-Laban RB. The utility of creatine testing prior to i.v. contrast studies in the emergency department. J Emerg Med. 15(5):726-7, 1997.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Snowboarding Safety and Injuries, A Review. J Sports Med Council Alberta, 10(2), 1,4,14, 1997.
  • Abu-Laban RB, Ho K, Walls RM. Mesenteric Ischemia in a Middle-Aged Patient: A Case Report and Discussion. J Emerg Med, 13(6), 857-861, 1995.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Snowboarding Injuries: An Analysis and Comparison with Alpine Skiing Injuries (Letter/Response). Can. Med. Assoc J, 146, 1146-8, 1992.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Snowboarding Injuries: An Analysis and Comparison with Alpine Skiing Injuries. Can Med Assoc J, 145(9), 1097-1103, 1991.
  • Abu-Laban RB. Chiclero’s Ulcer. Can Med Assoc J, 134 (3) 216, Feb. 1986.

Textbook Chapters

Ankle and Foot Trauma
Abu-Laban RB, Rose N
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, 8th Edition
Mosby/Elsevier (in press for 2013)

Ankle and Foot Trauma.
Abu-Laban RB, Ho K,
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, 7h Edition
Mosby/Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2010.

Cardiac Arrest.
Abu-Laban RB ,Shuster M.
Evidence Based Emergency Medicine, (B Rowe, Editor)
BMJ Books, Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, 2009.
Ankle and Foot Trauma.
Ho K, Abu-Laban RB.
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, 6h Edition
Mosby/Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2006.

Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis.
Vissers RJ, Abu-Laban RB.
Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide.
Tintinalli JE (editor), 6th edition, 2004.

Ankle and Foot Trauma.
Ho K, Abu-Laban RB.
Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, 5th Edition, 2001.

Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis.
Vissers RJ, Abu-Laban RB.
Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide.
Tintinalli JE (editor), 5th edition, 2000.

Ankle and foot trauma.
Ho K, Abu-Laban RB.
Emergency Medicine Concepts and Clinical Practice.
Rosen P (editor) et al. 4th edition, 1998.