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Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Staff Intensivist, Critical Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, CHEO
Pediatric Critical Care Transport Medical Director, CHEO
Trauma Team Leader, Emergency Department, CHEO
SPOT Team Physician, Rapid Response Team, CHEO
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Chief Medical Officer, Trillium Gift of Life Network
Transport Medicine Physician, Ornge Transport
613-737-7600 Ext. 3654
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Dr. Dhanani is conducting a pilot observational study to look at the determination of death within Intensive Care Units. This study is part of a larger research program to define the determinants of death after cardiac arrest in children and adults. The results of this project will lead to the development and implementation of standards for the determination of death for the purpose of organ donation after cardiac death.

Dr. Dhanani is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. His expertise is in the field of organ donation following cardiac death, and he has recently published a survey of Canadian Intensive Care Physicians on Practices of Determination of Death in the ICU.
Sample Publications:

Wilkinson AA, Simic N, Frndova H, Taylor MJ, Choong K, Fraser D, Campbell C, Dhanani S, Kuehn S, Beauchamp MH, Farrell C, Anderson V, Guerguerian AM, Dennis M, Schachar R, Hutchison JS. Serum Biomarkers Help Predict Attention Problems in Critically Ill Children With Traumatic Brain Injury. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2016; 17(7):638-648.

Wind J, van Mook WN, Dhanani S, van Heurn EW. Determination of death after circulatory arrest by intensive care physicians: A survey of current practice in the Netherlands. J Crit Care 2016; 31(1):2-6.

van Beinum A, Hornby L, Ramsay T, Ward R, Shemie SD, Dhanani S. Exploration of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy in Canadian Intensive Care Units. J Intensive Care Med 2016; 31(4):243-251.

Singh JM, Gunz AC, Dhanani S, Aghari M, MacDonald RD. Frequency, Composition, and Predictors of In-Transit Critical Events During Pediatric Critical Care Transport. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2016; 17(10):984-991.

Pana R, Hornby L, Shemie SD, Dhanani S, Teitelbaum J. Time to loss of brain function and activity during circulatory arrest. J Crit Care 2016; 34:77-83.
Gries JG, White DB, Dhanani SD et al. An Official American Thoracic Society, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and United Network of Organ Sharing Statement: Ethical And Policy Considerations in Organ Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death. AJCCRM, in press.

Dhanani S, Ward R, Hornby L, Barrowman NJ, Hornby K, Shemie SD. Survey of determination of death after cardiac arrest by intensive care physicians. Crit Care Med 2012;40:1449-55.

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