Sam Shemie, MD

Sam Shemie, MD

Dr. Sam Shemie is a physician in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care, and Medical Director, Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre. He is also Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University and holds the Bertram Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa. Dr. Shemie’s area of specialty is organ replacement in critical illness. He is the former chair of the Donation Committee of the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation.

In April 2003, Dr. Shemie chaired a Canadian Forum entitled “From Severe Brain Injury to Neurological Determination of Death” which has developed new medical standards for brain death determination and organ donation in Canada for all age groups. In February 2004, he chaired a Canadian Forum entitled “Medical Management to Optimize Donor Organ Potential,” which has developed national consensus guidelines to optimize organ donor function for the purposes of transplantation. His recent research interests have included the development and implementation of national ICU based organ donation strategies, and he is currently focusing on advancing the science and practice of deceased donation, including leading the development of international consensus guidelines on death determination after cessation of neurological or circulatory function.

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