null Sam Shemie, MD

Associate Investigator, RI-MUHC , Glen site

Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, MUHC



brain death • neurological determination of death • organ donation • organ donor management • pediatric • severe brain injury • donation after cardiac death • transplantation

Research Focus

My research interests include the clinical and policy impact of organ failure support technologies, the development and implementation of national ICU-based leading practices in organ donation and research at the intersection of end-of-life care, death determination and deceased donation. From the additional perspectives of pediatric critical care physician, ECMO specialist, trauma team leader and medical advisor on deceased organ donation with the Canadian Blood Services, my focus is on organ replacement during critical illness and the continuum between life, death and oxygen delivery.

Selected Publications

  • Greer DM, Shemie SD, Lewis A, Torrance S, Varelas P, Goldenberg FD, Bernat JL, Souter M, Topcuoglu MA, Alexandrov AW, Baldessari M, Bleck T, Citerio G, Dawson R, Hoppe A, Jacobe S, Manara A, Nakagawa TA, Pope TM, Silvester W, Thomson D, Al Rahma H, Badenes R, Baker AJ, Cerny V, Chang C, Chang TR, Gnedovskaya E, Han, M, Honeybul S, Jimenez E, Kuroda Y, Liu G, Mallick UK, Marquevich V, Mejia-Mantilla J, Piradov M, Quayyum S, Shrestha GS, Su Y, Timmons SD, Teitelbaum J, Videtta W, Zirpe K, Sung G. Determination of brain death/death by neurologic criteria around the world: the world brain death project. JAMA. 2020 Sep 15;324(11):1078-1097. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.11586. PMID: 32761206.

  • Shemie SD, Torrance S, Wilson L, Hornby L, MacLean J, Mohr J, Gillrie C, Badiwala MV, Baker A, Freed DH, Simpson C, Teitelbaum J, Brodrecht D, Healey A. Heart donation and transplantation after circulatory determination of death: expert guidance from a Canadian consensus building process. Can J Anaesth. 2021 Feb 5. English. doi: 10.1007/s12630-021-01926-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33543427.

  • Dhanani S, Hornby L, van Beinum A, Scales NB, Hogue M, Baker A, Beed S, Boyd JG, Chandler JA, Chassé M, D'Aragon F, Dezfulian C, Doig CJ, Duska F, Friedrich JO, Gardiner D, Gofton T, Harvey D, Herry C, Isac G, Kramer AH, Kutsogiannis DJ, Maslove DM, Meade M, Mehta S, Munshi L, Norton L, Pagliarello G, Ramsay T, Rusinova K, Scales D, Schmidt M, Seely A, Shahin J, Slessarev M, So D, Talbot H, van Mook WNKA, Waldauf P, Weiss M, Wind JT, Shemie SD; Canadian Critical Care Trials Group; Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program. Resumption of Cardiac Activity after Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Measures. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jan 28;384(4):345-352.