Dr. Karen Burns

Dr. Burns practices critical care medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, a Clinician Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies with the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto) and the Department of Health Research, Evidence and Impact (McMaster University).

Dr. Burns’ research program focuses on evaluating strategies to liberate critically ill patients from mechanical ventilation. In addition, she has characterized practice variation in weaning critically ill adults from ventilators on national and international levels. Her research program includes large scale observational studies, national and international weaning surveys, meta-analyses, and randomized trials comparing different weaning strategies. Concurrently, Dr. Burns has developed a research program to characterize the unique aspects of the consent processes in critical care research.