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. Bandiera, G, Vaillancourt, S. The other pipeline: Securing the future of emergency medicine in Canada. CJEM. 2020;22 (2):133-134. doi: 10.1017/cem.2020.5. PubMed PMID:32209152 .
  2. Vaillancourt, S, Cullen, JD, Dainty, KN, Inrig, T, Laupacis, A, Linton, D et al.. PROM-ED: Development and Testing of a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for Emergency Department Patients Who Are Discharged Home. Ann Emerg Med. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.12.023. PubMed PMID:32173134 .
  3. Shah, S, Murray, J, Mamdani, M, Vaillancourt, S. Characterizing the impact of snowfall on patient attendance at an urban emergency department in Toronto, Canada. Am J Emerg Med. 2019;37 (8):1544-1546. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2019.05.032. PubMed PMID:31201115 .
  4. Vaillancourt, S, Beaton, D, Maybee, A. Engaging patients to develop a patient-reported outcome measure for the emergency department. CMAJ. 2018;190 (Suppl):S50-S52. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.180353. PubMed PMID:30404856 PubMed Central PMC6472454.
  5. Chartier, LB, Vaillancourt, S, Cheng, AHY, Stang, AS. Quality improvement primer part 3: Evaluating and sustaining a quality improvement project in the emergency department. CJEM. 2019;21 (2):261-268. doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.380. PubMed PMID:29925452 .
  6. Argintaru, N, Quinn, KL, Chartier, LB, Lee, J, Hannam, P, O'Connor, E et al.. Perceived barriers and facilitators to goals of care discussions in the emergency department: A descriptive analysis of the views of emergency medicine physicians and residents. CJEM. 2019;21 (2):211-218. doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.371. PubMed PMID:29737962 .
  7. 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.
  8. Chartier, LB, Stang, AS, Vaillancourt, S, Cheng, AHY. Quality improvement primer part 2: executing a quality improvement project in the emergency department. CJEM. 2018;20 (4):532-538. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.393. PubMed PMID:28934995 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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