Samuel Vaillancourt


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Samuel Vaillancourt is a specialist emergency physician and trauma team leader practicing at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is currently an Associate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is interested in the potential for data and patient-community participation to improve care integration and outcome. He currently leads a project on developing a patient-reported outcome measure for emergency care. From 2013-2015, he was a health policy research fellow under the supervision of Andreas Laupacis and Michael Schull. He also worked as an innovation fellow at Women’s College Hospital’s Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) on the creation of an innovation incubator and the application of design thinking methodology to healthcare.

He completed his specialty training in 2013 at the University of Toronto and previously received his medical degree from McGill University. In 2012, he completed a master of public health in health policy and management at Harvard University and an internship at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Sam teaches point-of-care ultrasound in Toronto and Rwanda.

Recent Publications

  1. Kuipers, M, Eapen, A, Lockwood, J, Berman, S, Vaillancourt, S, Maskalyk, J et al.. Examining critical factors affecting graduate retention from an emergency training program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a qualitative study of stakeholder perspectives. Can Med Educ J. 2017;8 (2):e61-e74. . PubMed PMID:29114347 PubMed Central PMC5669294.
  2. Chartier, LB, Stang, AS, Vaillancourt, S, Cheng, AHY. Quality improvement primer part 2: executing a quality improvement project in the emergency department. CJEM. 2017; :1-7. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.393. PubMed PMID:28934995 .
  3. Chartier, LB, Cheng, AHY, Stang, AS, Vaillancourt, S. Quality improvement primer part 1: Preparing for a quality improvement project in the emergency department. CJEM. 2018;20 (1):104-111. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.361. PubMed PMID:28756779 .
  4. Vaillancourt, S, Seaton, MB, Schull, MJ, Cheng, AHY, Beaton, DE, Laupacis, A et al.. Patients' Perspectives on Outcomes of Care After Discharge From the Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study. Ann Emerg Med. 2017;70 (5):648-658.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.05.034. PubMed PMID:28712607 .
  5. Dainty, KN, Seaton, B, Laupacis, A, Schull, M, Vaillancourt, S. A qualitative study of emergency physicians' perspectives on PROMS in the emergency department. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26 (9):714-721. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2016-006012. PubMed PMID:28183828 PubMed Central PMC5574389.
  6. Henwood, PC, Mackenzie, DC, Rempell, JS, Douglass, E, Dukundane, D, Liteplo, AS et al.. Intensive point-of-care ultrasound training with long-term follow-up in a cohort of Rwandan physicians. Trop. Med. Int. Health. 2016;21 (12):1531-1538. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12780. PubMed PMID:27758005 .
  7. Vaillancourt, S, Vermeulen, MJ, Schull, MJ. In reply. Ann Emerg Med. 2015;66 (6):686-7. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.07.520. PubMed PMID:26590746 .
  8. Dell, EM, Firestone, M, Smylie, J, Vaillancourt, S. Cultural Safety and Providing Care to Aboriginal patients in the Emergency Department. CJEM. 2016;18 (4):301-5. doi: 10.1017/cem.2015.100. PubMed PMID:26565079 .
  9. Wyber, R, Vaillancourt, S, Perry, W, Mannava, P, Folaranmi, T, Celi, LA et al.. Big data in global health: improving health in low- and middle-income countries. Bull. World Health Organ. 2015;93 (3):203-8. doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.139022. PubMed PMID:25767300 PubMed Central PMC4339829.
  10. Vaillancourt, S, Guttmann, A, Li, Q, Chan, IY, Vermeulen, MJ, Schull, MJ et al.. Repeated emergency department visits among children admitted with meningitis or septicemia: a population-based study. Ann Emerg Med. 2015;65 (6):625-632.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.10.022. PubMed PMID:25458981 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital