Division of Emergency Medicine

Michelle Welsford

BSc, MD, FACEP, CCPE, FRCPC

Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine

Medical Director, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre for Paramedic Education & Research

Staff Emergency Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences

 

 

 

Education and Professional Standing

  • 2013 - CCPE, Canadian Certified Physician Executive
  • 2003 - FACEP, Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • 2001 - ABEM, Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • 2000 - NAEMSP, Medical Director’s Course & Practicum
  • 2000 - Prehospital Care Subspecialty, University of Toronto, ON
  • 2000 - FRCPC, Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto, ON
  • 1995 - MD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • 1991 - BSc (Kinesiology), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Welsford is a staff emergency physician at Hamilton Health Sciences, and an Associate Professor at McMaster University where she works extensively with undergraduate medical students, emergency residents in the two training streams, and Prehospital Care Fellows. She is also the Medical Director for the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre for Paramedic Education & Research where she provides medical oversight for more than 1200 paramedics.

Dr. Welsford’s academic and research interests include prehospital and emergency department management of acute coronary syndromes, acute decompensated congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiac resuscitation, and sepsis recognition and early treatment. Additionally, she is involved with the continuum of care of STEMI patients from the field through to the hospital including use of prehospital 12-lead ECGs, STEMI management by paramedics, triage directly to cardiac centres, and optimization of first contact to reperfusion time.

Dr. Welsford has represented the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) for more than 10 years culminating in the 2005, 2010, and 2015 ILCOR Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations (COSTR). Most recently, she has been the co-chair of the Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Task Force authoring the 2015 ACS ILCOR COSTR and the 2015 HSFC/AHA ACS Guidelines.


Recent Publications

  1. Morrison LJ, DeCaen A, Bhanji F, Bigham B, Blanchard I, Brooks SC, Guerguerian AM, Jansen J, Travers A, Vaillancourt C, Welsford M, Woolfrey K. What is new in the 2015 AHA guidelines, what is recycled from 2010, and what is relevant for Emergency Medicine in Canada. CJEM 2016; 18(3): 223-229.
  2. DeJean D, Giacomini M, Welsford M, Schwartz L, DeCicca P. Inappropriate Ambulance Use: A Qualitative Study of Paramedics’ Views. Healthcare Policy. 2016; 11(3): 67-79.
  3. Welsford M, Nikolaou NI, Beygui F, Bossaert L, Ghaemmaghami CA, Nonogi H, O’Connor RE, Pichel DR, Scott T, Walters DL, Woolfrey K, on behalf of the Acute Coronary Syndrome Chapter Collaborators. Part 5: Acute coronary syndromes. 2015 International consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations. Circulation. 2015; 132(suppl 1): S146-S176.
  4. Hazinski MF, Nolan JP, Aicken R, Bhanji F, Billi JE, Callaway CW, Castren M, de Caen AR, Finn JC, Iverson S, Lang E, Lim SH, Maconochie IK, Montgomery WH, Morley PT, Nadkarni VM, Neumar RW, Nikolaou NI, Perkins GD, Perlman JM, Singletary EM, Soar J, Travers AH, Welsford M, Wylie J, Zideman DA. Part 1: Executive Summary. 2015 International consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations. Circulation. 2015; 132(suppl 1): S2-S39. Co-published in Resuscitation 2015; 95: e1-31.
  5. Kronick S, Berg R, Meeks R, Billi J, Cone D, Foster J, Lin S, Edelon D, Diercks D, Travers A, Kurz M, Cabanas J, Welsford M. Part 4: Systems of Care. 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2015; 132(suppl 2): S397-S413.
  6. O’Connor RE, Alali AS, Brady WJ, Ghaemmaghami CA, Menon V, Welsford M, Shuster M. Part 9: Acute coronary syndromes. 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2015; 132(suppl 2): S483-S500.

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