John Laffey


Co-Director, Critical Illness and Injury Research Centre


Dr. Laffey is Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Co-Director of the Critical Illness and Injury Research Centre at the Keenan Research Centre, St. Michael’s hospital. He is a Clinician Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre, and Professor of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Physiology at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on ARDS, particularly the mechanisms underlying ventilation induced lung injury. He has a longstanding interest in the effects and mechanisms of hypercapnic acidosis in ARDS and sepsis. His current research focus is the investigation of the therapeutic potential of cell therapies for ARDS.

Recent Publications

  1. Brodie, D, Jean-Louis, V, Brochard, LJ, Combes, A, Ferguson, ND, Hodgson, CL et al.. Research in extracorporeal life support: a call to action. Chest. 2018; :. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.12.024. PubMed PMID:29355550 .
  2. Laffey, JG, Misak, C, Kavanagh, BP. Acute respiratory distress syndrome. BMJ. 2017;359 :j5055. . PubMed PMID:29146585 .
  3. Laffey, JG, Bellani, G, Pham, T, Fan, E, Madotto, F, Bajwa, EK et al.. Correction to: Potentially modifiable factors contributing to outcome from acute respiratory distress syndrome: the LUNG SAFE study. Intensive Care Med. 2018;44 (1):157-165. doi: 10.1007/s00134-017-4981-z. PubMed PMID:29138899 .
  4. McNicholas, BA, Rooney, GM, Laffey, JG. Lessons to learn from epidemiologic studies in ARDS. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2018;24 (1):41-48. doi: 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000473. PubMed PMID:29135617 .
  5. Ma, J, Martin, R, Chan, B, Gofeld, M, Geary, MP, Laffey, JG et al.. Using Activity Trackers to Quantify Postpartum Ambulation: A Prospective Observational Study of Ambulation after Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Interventions. Anesthesiology. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001979. PubMed PMID:29135475 .
  6. Hussain, N, Goldar, G, Ragina, N, Banfield, L, Laffey, JG, Abdallah, FW et al.. Suprascapular and Interscalene Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Anesthesiology. 2017;127 (6):998-1013. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001894. PubMed PMID:28968280 .
  7. Keane, C, Jerkic, M, Laffey, JG. Stem Cell-based Therapies for Sepsis. Anesthesiology. 2017;127 (6):1017-1034. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000001882. PubMed PMID:28872482 .
  8. Grassi, A, Foti, G, Laffey, JG, Bellani, G. Noninvasive mechanical ventilation in early acute respiratory distress syndrome. 2017;127 (9):614-620. doi: 10.20452/pamw.4088. PubMed PMID:28820175 .
  9. Jaber, S, Bellani, G, Blanch, L, Demoule, A, Esteban, A, Gattinoni, L et al.. The intensive care medicine research agenda for airways, invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation. Intensive Care Med. 2017;43 (9):1352-1365. doi: 10.1007/s00134-017-4896-8. PubMed PMID:28785882 .
  10. Brodie, D, Curtis, JR, Vincent, JL, Bakker, J, Brown, CE, Creteur, J et al.. Treatment limitations in the era of ECMO. Lancet Respir Med. 2017;5 (10):769-770. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(17)30263-1. PubMed PMID:28705688 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Chief, Department of Anesthesia, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Physiology, University of Toronto