Brodie Nolan


Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Nolan is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital and a transport medicine physician for Ornge. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology and health care research where he focused on identifying delays during interfacility transfer of injured patients transported by air ambulance.

Dr. Nolan’s research interests are in trauma, prehospital care and patient safety. His work focuses on improving timely access to trauma care for injured patients in Ontario and the role of the provincial air ambulance system. He is the principal investigator of a study on the Trauma Black Box, an advanced data capture and analysis platform that identifies safety threats and resilience supports in the trauma bay.

Recent Publications

  1. Nolan, B, Haas, B, Tien, H, Saskin, R, Nathens, A. Patient, Paramedic and Institutional Factors Associated with Delays in Interfacility Transport of Injured Patients by Air Ambulance. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2020; :1-7. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2019.1701159. PubMed PMID:31800341 .
  2. Nolan, B, Haas, B, Tien, H, Saskin, R, Nathens, A. Causes of Delay During Interfacility Transports of Injured Patients Transported by Air Ambulance. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2019; :1-9. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2019.1683662. PubMed PMID:31638458 .
  3. Nolan, B, Tien, H, Haas, B, Saskin, R, Nathens, A. The Rapid Emergency Medicine Score: A Critical Appraisal of Its Measurement Properties and Applicability to the Air Retrieval Environment. Air Med. J. ;38 (3):154-160. doi: 10.1016/j.amj.2019.02.001. PubMed PMID:31122578 .
  4. Nolan, B, Tien, H, Sawadsky, B, Haas, B, Saskin, R, Ahghari, M et al.. Risk Factors for Non-optimal Resource Utilization for Emergent Interfacility Transfers by Air Ambulance in Ontario. Prehosp Emerg Care. ;24 (1):55-63. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2019.1610531. PubMed PMID:31010361 .
  5. Nolan, B, Ackery, A, Mamakwa, S, Glenn, S, VanderBurgh, D, Orkin, A et al.. Care of the Injured Patients at Nursing Stations and during Air Medical Transport. Air Med. J. ;37 (3):161-164. doi: 10.1016/j.amj.2017.11.013. PubMed PMID:29735227 .
  6. Nolan, B, Ackery, A, Nathens, A, Sawadsky, B, Tien, H. Canceled to Be Called Back: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Canceled Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Scene Calls That Are Later Transferred to a Trauma Center. Air Med. J. ;37 (2):108-114. doi: 10.1016/j.amj.2017.11.015. PubMed PMID:29478574 .
  7. Tien, H, Sawadsky, B, Lewell, M, Moore, S, Peddle, M, Ackery, A et al.. Can a single primary care paramedic configuration safely transport low-acuity patients in air ambulances?. CJEM. 2018;20 (2):247-255. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.392. PubMed PMID:28934993 .
  8. Nolan, B, Ackery, A. Re: "Comparison of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Transport Types and Delays on Patient Outcomes at Two Level I Trauma Centers". Prehosp Emerg Care. ;21 (6):790. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2017.1325955. PubMed PMID:28622064 .
  9. Nolan, B, Ackery, A, Au, B. What to do when a patient wants to record a patient-physician interaction in the emergency department. CJEM. 2018;20 (3):471-475. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.23. PubMed PMID:28506329 .
  10. Nolan, B, Tien, H, Sawadsky, B, Rizoli, S, McFarlan, A, Phillips, A et al.. Comparison of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Transport Types and Delays on Patient Outcomes at Two Level I Trauma Centers. Prehosp Emerg Care. ;21 (3):327-333. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2016.1263371. PubMed PMID:28103121 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Transport Medicine Physician, Ornge
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto