Dr. Peter M. Dodek

Peter Dodek, MD (Toronto), MHSc (British Columbia) is an Intensivist and Chair of the Critical Care Working Group within the Center for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver and a Professor of Medicine at the University of B.C.  He teaches internal medicine, critical care medicine, and quality management in health care to undergraduates, postgraduates, and practising physicians.  He has worked as an advisor to the Critical Care Working Group of the B.C. Ministry of Health.  Dr. Dodek’s recent research interests include determinants of family satisfaction, patient safety, organizational culture, and moral distress in critical care.  In 2016, Dr. Dodek was awarded a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to test an innovative participatory approach to understand and improve moral distress in ICU personnel.  In addition, he is currently a co-investigator and site investigator on several other CIHR-funded clinical trials in critical care.


UBC Undergraduate
University of TorontoMD
Harbor UCLA Medical CenterResidency in Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
UBCMaster of Health Sciences (clinical epidemiology)

Recent Publications:


Dodek PM, Wong H, Norena M, Ayas N, Reynolds SC, Keenan SP, Hamric A, Rodney P, Stewart M, Alden L. Moral Distress in ICU Professionals is Associated with Profession, Age, and Years of Experience. Journal of Critical Care. 2016; 31: 178-182.

Heyland DK, Ilan R, Jiang X, You JJ, Dodek P. for the ACCEPT Study Team and the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET). The Prevalence of Medical Error Related to End of Life Communication in Canadian Hospitals: Results of a multi-center observational study. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2016 Sep;25(9):671-9.

Kanji HD, McCallum J, Norena M, Wong H, Griesdale DE, Reynolds S, Isac G, Sirounis D, Gunning D, Finlayson G, Dodek P. Early Veno-venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation is Associated with Lower Mortality in Patients who have Severe Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure: A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study, Journal of Critical Care. 2016 Jun;33:169-73.

Cook D, Johnstone J, Marshall J, Lauzier F, Thabane L, Mehta S, Dodek P, McIntyre L, Pagliarello J, Henderson W, Taylor R, Carten-Cebo R, Golan E, Herridge M, Wood G, Ovakim D, Karachi T, Surette M, Bowdish D, Lamarche D, Verschoor C, Duan E, Heels-Ansdell D, Arabi Y, Meade M. Probiotics: Prevention of Severe Pneumonia and Endotracheal Colonization Trial – PROSPECT: A Pilot Trial. Trials 2016; 17:377 DOI 10.1186/s13063-016-1495-x.

Henrich NJ, Dodek PM, Alden L, Keenan SP, Reynolds S, Rodney P. Causes of Moral Distress in the ICU: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Critical Care. 2016; 35: 57-62.

Ball IM, Dodek PM, Turgeon AF, Burns KEA, Bagshaw SM, Kutsogiannis DJ, Day AG, Muscedere JG, Mehta S, Cook DJ, Wells GA, Stelfox HT, Stiell IG. A Clinical Prediction Tool for Hospital Mortality in Critically Ill Elderly Patients. Journal of Critical Care. 2016 Oct;35:206-12.

Henrich NJ, Dodek PM, Gladstone E, Alden L, Keenan SP, Reynolds S, Rodney P. Consequences of Moral Distress in the ICU: A Qualitative Study. Am J Crit Care. 2017 26:e48-e57.

Heyland DK, Heyland R, Dodek P, You JJ, Sinuff T, Hiebert T, Jiang X, Day AG for the ACCEPT Study Team and the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET). Discordance between patients’ stated values and treatment preferences for end-of-life care: results of a multicentre survey. BMJ Support Palliat Care 2017; 7:292-299 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-001056.

Sajjadi S, Norena M, Wong H, Dodek P. Moral Distress and Burnout in Internal Medicine Residents. Canadian Medical Education Journal. 2017; 8: e36-e43.

Heyland DK, Dodek P, You JJ, Sinuff T, Hiebert T, Tayler C, Jiang X, Simon J, Downar J for the ACCEPT Study Team and the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET). Validation of Quality Indicators for End of Life Communication: Results of a multicentre survey. CMAJ. 2017; 189: E980-E989.

Valiani S, Rigal R, Stelfox HT, Muscedere J, Martin CM, Dodek P, Lamontagne F, Fowler R, Gheshmy A, Cook DJ, Forster AJ, Hébert PC. An environmental scan of quality indicators in critical care. CMAJ Open. 2017; 5: E488-E495.

Zurawska JH, Romney MG, Wong H, Wang H, Ayas NT, Hoang LMN, Stefanovic A, Doyle P, Dhingra V, Dodek PM. Outcomes of critically ill patients who have serotype 5 invasive pneumococcal disease. J Int Care Med. 1-5, 2017.

Stelfox HT, Leigh, JP, Dodek PM, Turgeon AF, Forster AJ, Lamontagne F, Fowler RA, Soo A, Bagshaw SM. A Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study of Patient Transfers from the Intensive Care Unit to the Hospital Ward. Intensive Care Medicine. 43: 1485-1494, 2017.

Bagshaw SM, Wang X, Zygun DA, Zuege D, Dodek P, Garland A, Scales D, Berthiaume L, Yergens D, Faris P, Chen G, Opgenorth D, Stelfox HT. Association Between Strained Capacity and Mortality among Patients Admitted to Intensive Care: A Path-Analysis Modeling Strategy. J Crit Care. 2018;43:81-87.

Ball IM, Burry L, Dodek P, Hutchison JS, Parsons Leigh J, McCredie V, Murthy S, Rochwerg B, Cook D for the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and the Canadian Critical Care Translational Biology Group. The Young Investigator Retreat of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group: Mentorship and Self-discovery. Can J Anesth. 65:239–245, 2017 DOI 10.1007/s12630-017-1016-8.

Howard M, Bansback N, Tan A, Klein D, Bernard C, Barwich D, Dodek P, Nijjar A, Heyland DK. Recognizing difficult trade-offs: Values and treatment preferences for end-of-life care in a 1 multi-site survey of adult patients in family practices. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2017; 17:164, DOI 10.1186/s12911-017-0570-x.

Daneman N, Rishu AH, Pinto R, Aslanian P, Bagshaw SM, Carignan A, Charbonney E, Coburn B, Cook DJ, Detsky ME, Dodek P, Hall R, Kumar A, Lamontagne F, Lauzier F, Marshall JC, Martin CM, McIntyre L, Muscedere J, Reynolds S, Sligl W, Stelfox HT, Wilcox ME, Fowler RA on behalf of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. 7 versus 14 days of Antibiotic Treatment for Critically Ill Patients with Bloodstream Infection: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. Trials. 2018; 19:111 DOI 10.1186/s13063-018-2474-1.

Hall AM, Stelfox HT, Wang X, Chen G, Zuege DJ, Dodek P, Garland A, Scales DC, Berthiaume L, Zygun DA, Bagshaw SM. Association Between Afterhours Admission to the Intensive Care Unit, Strained Capacity, and Mortality: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Critical Care. 2018; 22:97.

Dodek PM, McKeown S, Young E, Dhingra V. Development of a Provincial Initiative to Improve Glucose Control in Critically Ill Patients. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2018, 1–8 doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzy101.

Lamontagne F, Rochwerg B, Lytvyn L, Guyatt GH, Møller MH, Annane D, Kho ME, Adhikari NKJ, Machado F, Vandvik PO, Dodek P, Leboeuf R, Briel M, Hashmi M, Camsooksai J, Shankar-Hari M, Baraki MK, Fugate K, Chua S, Marti C, Cohen D, Botton E, Agoritsas T, Siemieniuk RAC. Corticosteroid therapy for sepsis: a Rapid Recommendation. BMJ. 2018 Aug 10;362:k3284. doi: 10.1136/bmj.k3284.

Dodek PM, Norena M, Ayas N, Wong H. Moral Distress is Associated with General Workplace Distress in Intensive Care Unit Personnel. J Crit Care. 50: 122-125, 2018.

Burnham E, Burns KE, Moss M, Dodek PM. Burnout in Women Intensivists: A Hidden Epidemic? Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 2019 Apr;7(4):292-294. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30029-3.

Dodek P, Norena M, Ayas N, Dhingra V, Brown G, Wong H. Moral Distress in Intensive Care Unit Personnel is not Consistently Associated with Adverse Medication Events and Other Adverse Events. J Crit Care. 2019; 53; 258-263.

Burns KEA, Rizvi L, Cook DJ, Dodek P, Slutsky AS, Jones A, Villar J, Kapadia FN, Gattas DJ, Epstein SK, Meade MO, for the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Variation in the Practice of Discontinuing Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Adults: Study Protocol for an International Prospective Observational Study. BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 8;9(9):e031775. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031775.

Jayaraman D, Sharma N, Smrke A, Simon J, Dodek P, Heyland D, You J. Process mapping to examine how goals of care discussions and decisions about life-sustaining treatments occur on medical wards: a multi-center observational study. Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine. In press, 2019.

Liaw PC, Fox-Robichaud AE, Liaw K-L, McDonald E, Dwivedi DJ, Zamir NM, Pepler L, Gould TJ, Xu M, Zytaruk N, Medeiros SK, McIntyre L, Tsang J, Dodek PM, Winston BW, Martin C, Fraser DD, Weitz JI, Lellouche F, Cook DJ, Marshall J, for the Canadian Critical Care Translational Biology Group (CCCTBG) and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG). Mortality Risk Profiles for Sepsis: A Novel Longitudinal and Multivariable Approach. Crit Care Expl 2019; DOI: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000032.

Venis J, Dodek P. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Palliative Approach Screening Tool in the Intensive Care Unit. Am J Crit Care. 2020;29:214-220.

Hill A, Ramsey C, Dodek P, Kozak J, Fransoo R, Fowler R, Wong H, Doupe M, Scales DC, Garland A. Examining Mechanisms for Gender Differences in Admission to Intensive Care Units. Health Services Research. 2020; 55: 35-43. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13215.

Lo A, Zhao T, Rajapakse S, Leung A, Chow J, Wong R, Norena M, Dodek PM. Improving the appropriateness of serum magnesium testing in an intensive care unit. Can J Anesth/J Can Anesth https://doi.org/10.1007/s12630-020-01654-z.