Laurie Morrison


Director, Rescu


Rescu is dedicated to the advancement of the science of emergency health care delivery in the out-of-hospital setting. Out-of-hospital emergency care delivery is a conjoint municipally and provincially funded system providing care to millions of patients a year, requiring multiple emergency medical services (EMS) systems and thousands of providers throughout the province of Ontario. This research program conducts emergency medical services systems research and has the ability and capacity to conduct large clinical trials.  I conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to acute coronary syndrome and resuscitation, and have established a collaborative network to conduct and publish randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research. I am a National Institute of Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Canada funded investigator within the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.

Please note: Dr. Morrison is not taking any summer students in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Blewer, AL, Ibrahim, SA, Leary, M, Dutwin, D, McNally, B, Anderson, ML et al.. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Disparities in the United States. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6 (5):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006124. PubMed PMID:28515114 .
  2. Cheskes, S, Byers, A, Zhan, C, Verbeek, PR, Ko, D, Drennan, IR et al.. Reply to: Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation during ambulance transport: Safety and efficacy. Resuscitation. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.04.034. PubMed PMID:28476477 .
  3. Cheskes, S, Schmicker, RH, Rea, T, Morrison, LJ, Grunau, B, Drennan, IR et al.. The association between AHA CPR quality guideline compliance and clinical outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;116 :39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.05.003. PubMed PMID:28476474 .
  4. Orkin, AM, Zhan, C, Buick, JE, Drennan, IR, Klaiman, M, Leece, P et al.. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival in drug-related versus cardiac causes in Ontario: A retrospective cohort study. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (4):e0176441. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176441. PubMed PMID:28445501 PubMed Central PMC5405992.
  5. Geri, G, Gilgan, J, Wu, W, Vijendira, S, Ziegler, C, Drennan, IR et al.. Does transport time of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients matter? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Resuscitation. 2017;115 :96-101. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.04.003. PubMed PMID:28395992 .
  6. Sun, CL, Brooks, SC, Morrison, LJ, Chan, TC, Rescu Epistry Investigators. Ranking Businesses and Municipal Locations by Spatiotemporal Cardiac Arrest Risk to Guide Public Defibrillator Placement. Circulation. 2017;135 (12):1104-1119. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.025349. PubMed PMID:28320803 PubMed Central PMC5363283.
  7. Boutilier, JJ, Brooks, SC, Janmohamed, A, Byers, A, Buick, JE, Zhan, C et al.. Optimizing a Drone Network to Deliver Automated External Defibrillators. Circulation. 2017; :. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.026318. PubMed PMID:28254836 .
  8. Cheskes, S, Byers, A, Zhan, C, Verbeek, PR, Ko, D, Drennan, IR et al.. CPR quality during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest transport. Resuscitation. 2017;114 :34-39. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.02.016. PubMed PMID:28242210 .
  9. Shuvy, M, Morrison, LJ, Koh, M, Qiu, F, Buick, JE, Dorian, P et al.. Corrigendum to "Long-term clinical outcomes and predictors for survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest" [Resuscitation 112 (2016) 59-64]. Resuscitation. 2017;114 :164. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.02.010. PubMed PMID:28222279 .
  10. Parry, M, Danielson, K, Brennenstuhl, S, Drennan, IR, Morrison, LJ. The association between diabetes status and survival following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A retrospective cohort study. Resuscitation. 2017;113 :21-26. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.01.011. PubMed PMID:28126364 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Clinician Scientist, Emergency Medicine, LKSKI, University of Toronto
  • Director, Collaborative Program in Resuscitation Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Full member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • Robert and Dorothy Pitts Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine