Ian R. Drennan Ian R. Drennan PhD(c), BScHK, ACP

Ian is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and Rescu, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital (www.rescu.ca) and a member of the collaborative program in resuscitation sciences. He works as an advanced care paramedic with York Region EMS and an instructor with Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine. Ian also holds part-time faculty positions in the health sciences department at both Georgian College and Centennial College. His thesis is focused on the development of clinical prediction rules and the treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients early in the post-arrest period as well as other aspects of cardiac arrest care. Other research interests include the treatment of other critical life-threatening illness in the prehospital setting including trauma, sepsis, STEMI and stroke. Ian is also involved in the development and implementation of initiatives aimed to examine the impact of community paramedic interventions. He has experience in research methodology in both observational research through the use of large epidemiologic datasets on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and randomized controlled trials in the prehospital setting. He has received funding from both the University of Toronto and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and has been awarded numerous travel scholarships to present his research at National and International conferences. In addition to his PhD work, Ian is a member of a number of committees related to EMS practice and research including the steering committee for the Canadian Paramedic Research Network and a peer reviewer for a number of medical journals. He is an evidence reviewer for the 2015 International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR) Basic Life Support (BLS) taskforce and a writing group member for the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC, Chapter 9: Special Resuscitation Situations. He completed his undergraduate degree training at the University of Guelph in 2006 and his Primary Care Paramedic diploma in 2008 from Humber College. He has been a paramedic in southern Ontario for six years, obtaining his Advanced Care Paramedic diploma from Durham College in 2012.