With more then 20 years experience in health care, initially beginning as a Paramedic, Mike practices as a consultant physician in Critical Care and Infectious Diseases. Mike was prompted to undertake fellowships in Critical Care and Infectious Diseases at McMaster University due to his experiences with SARS in Toronto.
Mike completed a MSc in Public Health in England at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In addition he is a retired member from the Regular Forces of the Royal Canadian Air Force having served tours in Haiti and Afghanistan and continues as a reserve specialist medical officer/flight surgeon.
Mike’s academic pursuits focus on disaster/outbreak management and emergency preparedness. He lead an Ontario working group which developed the first critical care triage protocol for use in a pandemic. He is on the Executive committee of the American College of Chest Physician’s Critical Care Task force on Mass Casualty Critical Care in addition to other international task forces. Mike serves on the Critical Care Medicine examination board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Mike was on the task force that developed the Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection, and served as a director on its founding board.
Mike is a CIHR funded principal investigator as well as Chair of the steering committee for the PREEDICCT study group. He has published 64 peer-reviewed papers in journals including: New England Journal of Medicine; Canadian Medical Association Journal; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Emerging Infectious Diseases; CHEST; Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness; and Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. In addition, he has authored chapters on triage, bio-event disasters and pandemic planning for several textbooks.
Mike serves as a Global Advisor on the Editorial Board of Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness as well as sitting on the Editorial Board of the Emerging Health Threats Journal in addition to being a reviewer for numerous journals.