Dr. Andrew Wormsbecker


Dr. Andrew Wormsbecker

Clinical Instructor

University or Institution Degree Subject Area Dates
University of British Columbia BSc Microbiology and Immunology September 2003-May 2007
University of British Columbia MD Doctor of Medicine September 2007-May 2011

Continuing Education or Training

University or Institution Rank or Title Dates
University of British Columbia Internal Medicine Resident July 2011-June 2014
University of British Columbia Critical Care Fellow July 2014-June 2016
Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s Hospital) Neurocritical Care Senior Fellow November 2016-April 2017

Continuing Medical Education

University or Institution Type Detail Dates
1 Society of Critical Care Medicine Society Meetings Attended San Francisco, CA (2014) and Phoenix, AZ (2015) 2014, 2015
2 American Board of Internal Medicine Forum on Medical Education Attended as representative of UBC medical school 2010
3 Vancouver Atrial Fibrillation Symposium Conference Attendee and co- creator of slides for one of the presenters on NOACS 2011
4 Canadian Critical Care Conference Conference Annual critical care conference in Whistler, BC 2015, 2016, 2018
5 Canadian Critical Care Conference ECMO Simulation Workshop Day workshop Hands on experience with ELSO-course instructors and demonstration circuits 2015
6 Canadian Critical Care Forum Conference Annual critical care conference in Toronto, ON 2015,2019
7 Royal Columbian Hospital GIM Journal Club Journal Club Monthly internal medicine journal club February 2018-present
8 Royal Columbian Hospital Medicine Rounds Rounds Weekly rounds from medical subspecialties April 2018-present
9 Royal Columbian Hospital Respirology Rounds Rounds Weekly rounds on respirology topics April 2018-present
10 American Seminars Institute CME Conference 2019 Critical Care Update 2019
11 Royal Columbian Hospital Trauma Grand Rounds Rounds Trauma Rounds attended average 1 every 2 months 2019, 2019

Professional Qualifications

1 LMCC Part 1 – 2010
2 LMCC Part 2 – 2012
3 CPR-HCP- 2007-present
4 ACLS – 2010- present
5 ATLS- 2014-present
6 ATLS Instructor – 2015-present
7 FRCPC (Internal Medicine) – 2015
8 FRCPC (Adult Critical Care Medicine) – 2016
9 PQI Fundamentals – 2020
(a) Journals

Guenego A, Lucas L, Gory B, Richard S, Aubertin M, Weisenburger-Lile D, Labreuche J, Dargazanli C, Benali A, Bourcier R, Detraz L, Vannier S, Guillen M, Eugene F, Walker G, Lun R, Wormsbecker A, Ducroux C, Piotin M, Blanc R, Consoli A, Lapergue B, Fahed R; ETIS investigators. Thrombectomy for Comatose Patients with Basilar Artery Occlusion : A Multicenter Study. Clin Neuroradiol. 2021 Mar 11. doi: 10.1007/s00062-021-01001-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33704508.

Baseline characteristics and outcomes of patients with COVID-19 admitted to intensive care units in Vancouver, Canada: a case series. Anish R. Mitra, Nicholas A. Fergusson, Elisa Lloyd-Smith, Andrew Wormsbecker, Denise Foster, Andrei Karpov, Sarah Crowe, Greg Haljan, Dean R. Chittock, Hussein D. Kanji, Mypinder S. Sekhon and Donald E.G. Griesdale

CMAJ June 29, 2020 192 (26) E694-E701; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.200794


Wormsbecker A, Sekhon M, Griesdale D, Wiskar K, and Rush B. The association between anemia and neurological outcome in hypoxic ischemic brain injury after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. Epub Dec 19, 2016. 112:11-16

Rush B, Wormsbecker A, Berger L, Wiskar K, Sekhon M and Griesdale DE. Optic nerve sheath diameter on computed tomography is not predictive of neurological status post cardiac arrest. CJEM. 2016 Aug 12:1-5.

Rush B, Wormsbecker AJ, Stenstrom R, Kassen B. Moxifloxacin use and its association on the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in an inner city emergency department. The Journal of Emergency Medicine. Epub Sept 23, 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.07.044

Wormsbecker AJ, Sweet DD, Mann SL, Wang SY, Pudek MR, and Chen LY. Conditions associated with extreme hyperferritinemia (>3000 mg/L) in adults. Intern Med J. 2015 Aug: 45(8):828-33

Kadatz M, Kapeluto J, Wormsbecker A, Sidhu K and Yoshida E. Screening, detecting, and enhancing the yield of previously undiagnosed Hepatitis B and C in patients with acute medical admissions to hospital: A pilot project undertaken at the Vancouver General Hospital. Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Jun;28(6):315-8.

(b) Conference Proceedings
(a) Journals
Kadatz M, Kapeluto J, Sidhu K, Wormsbecker A, and Yoshida E. Adopting the “seek and treat” model for hepatitis B and Hepatitis C: the Vancouver General Hospital Experience. CMAJ Online eLetters 2012. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/184/18/1971/reply#cmaj_el_713844


El Masri H, Himmel M, Wlodarska M and Wormsbecker A. The effects of Plecanthrus barbatus derived Forskolin on cyclic 3’ 5’ adenosine monophosphate levels measured as B-galactosidase activity and on glucose transport in Escherichia coli B23. J Exp Microbiol and Immunol. 2007. 11:30-34.

(b) Conference Proceedings
(c) Other
(a) Authored
(b) Edited
(c) Chapters

Wormsbecker A, Griesdale DE. Fluid Management. Gupta and Gelb’s Essentials of Neuroanesthesia and Neurointensive Care 2nd Ed Cambridge University Press. 2018.


  Radio & TV Programs
(including publisher and date of submission)

(including degree of completion)

  Use of Ketamine to protect the brain from damage following Cardiac Arrest

Authors: M. Ornowska, A. Wormsbecker, T. Leung, I. Khan, G. Medvedev – Manuscript editing prior to submission



Awards for Scholarship (indicate name of award, awarding organizations, date)

1 UBC Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Award for Clinical Excellence, 2016
2 Summer Student Research Grant, Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada, 2009
3 MD Students Tuition Bursary, 2008-2009
4 C.C. and Betty Chong Entrance Scholarship in Medicine, 2007
5 Pacific Command Award, Royal Canadian Legion Kamloops Branch, 2007-2010
6 Khaki University and YMCA Memorial Fund Bursary, 2007
7 Undergraduate Scholarship Program, 2003-2007
8 Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Provincial Millennium Scholarship, 2003-2007


Subject Duration

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Principal Investigator Co-PI(s)


Fraser Centre BC Support Unit


Pilot RCT: Impact of Ketamine on Neurological Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest Jan 1, 2020-Jan 31, 2021 George Medvedev Andrew Wormsbecker, Idan Khan, Marlena Ornowska, Timothy Leung

(a)   Areas of special interest and accomplishments

1 Didactic teaching on TBI each week on ICU service + bedside sessions 2018-present
2 Multimodal monitoring in traumatic brain injury – 2016-present
3 Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury – 2016-present
4 Internal Medicine Academic Half Day Lecturer – “Recognizing the Critically Ill patient” – July 2014, Feb 2018
5 Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course instructor – 2014, 2015
6 UBC Surgery “CRASH” course instructor on respiratory failure – 2014
7 Extreme Hyperferritinemia in Adults – published research paper, presented at Hematology Department Rounds 2013
8 Clinical procedures instruction for Internal Medicine junior residents – 2012-2014

(b) Courses Taught at UBC:

Year Course Number Description Total Number of Scheduled Hours Class Size Hours Taught
Lectures Tutorials Labs Other
2018 MEDD412 Clinical Skills – Ultrasound sessions 8 8-12 8
2018 MEDD422 Clinical Skills – ultrasound, cardiac exam, integrated skills 8 8-12 8

(c) Students supervised:

Student Name Program Type Program Details Year Supervisory Role Current Position/Awards
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(d) Continuing Education Activities

  Description of Activity Venue (City/Country) Dates
1 RCH Medicine Grand Rounds – COVID-19 Critical Care New Westminster May 1, 2020
2 RCH Trauma Grand Rounds – Multimodal Monitoring and new RCH TBI/Monitoring program “The Pressure is On” New Westminster November 21, 2019
3 RCH Neurology Grand Rounds – Prognostication Post Cardiac Arrest New Westminster Sept 24, 2018
4 Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Critical Care Rounds – Basilar Artery Thrombosis Cambridge, UK Dec 21, 2016

(e) Visiting Lecturer (indicate university/organization and dates)

1 Basilar Artery Occlusion – Cambridge University/Addenbrooke’s Hospital Critical Care Rounds UK – December 21, 2016

(f) Other

Scheduled Teaching (without course number)

Description Duration Year Number of Students / Trainees Student / Trainee level Total Hours
Internal Medicine Academic Half Day 1 2017 ~100 PGY 1-3 1
Internal Medicine CRASH Course – “Recognizing the Critically Ill Patient” 1 2016 52 PGY 1 1
Didactic teaching on various topics once per week on ICU and CTU service 1 hour each 2016-present 8 IM3-PGY7 1-4 per month
CRASH Course/FCCS – Acute Respiratory Failure 1 2015 60 PGY 1 1.5
FCCS critical care skills for Residents course 3 hours 2014, 2015 60 PGY 1 6
Critical Care Medicine Academic Halfday Lectures

(Aug 7, 2014- VAP; Sept 25, 2014- Status epilepticus; Oct 23, 2014 – Pasteurella endocarditis; Dec 11, 2014 – STASH Trial; Jan 8, 2015-Upper GI Bleeding; Sept 3, 2015 -Massive PE; Jan 28, 2016-Cryptococcal meningitis; March 24, 2016-Cerebral sinus thrombosis; June 2, 2016 – Helmet NIV in ARDS

1-2 hours each 2014-2016 4-8 PGY 4-8 12
Central Line Insertion Simulation for Internal Medicine Residents 3 hours 2014 60 PGY1 3


Unscheduled Teaching

Description Duration Year Number of Students / Trainees Student / Trainee level Total Hours
Critical Care Bedside Rounds 5 hr/wk 2020 2-10 IM3-PGY7 70
Internal Medicine teaching on rounds/reviewing 5 hr/wk 2020 1-6 IM3-PGY4 25
Critical Care Bedside Rounds 5 hr/wk 2019 2-10 IM3-PGY7 70
Internal Medicine teaching on rounds/reviewing 5 hr/wk 2019 1-6 IM3-PGY4 55
Internal Medicine teaching on rounds/reviewing 5 hr/wk 2018 1-6 IM3-PGY4 115
Critical Care Bedside Rounds 5 hr/wk 2018 2-10 IM3-PGY7 15
Internal Medicine teaching on rounds/reviewing 5 hr/wk 2017 1-3 IM3-PGY3 10