Dr. Ron Butler

Associate Professor
Director, Critical Care & Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit (CSRU)


Dr. Ron Butler is currently Director of the Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit (CSRU) and he is also Associate Professor of the Program in Critical Care of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University. Since its beginning, Dr. Butler has been a supporter of the program of healthcare simulation at the University and helped to develop it. Dr. Butler has been active as a simulation instructor starting in late 2006.

Dr. Butler's simulation interests are in Crisis Resource Management in Critical Care and Interdisciplinary Training of teams.


Hegazy AF, Lapierre DM, Butler R, Martin J, Althenayan E. The esophageal cooling device: A new temperature control tool in the intensivist's arsenal. Heart Lung. 2017 Apr 11. [Epub Ahead of Print]

Hegazy AF, Lapierre DM, Butler R, Althenayan E. Temperature control in critically ill patients with a novel esophageal cooling device: a case series. BMC Anesthesiology. 2015 Oct 19;15(1):152.

Alkhawaja S, Martin C, Butler RJ, Gwadry-Sridhar F. Post-pyloric versus gastric tube feeding for preventing pneumonia and improving nutritional outcomes in critically ill adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Aug 4;8:CD008875. 

Butler R. Discontinuing mechanical ventilation [Chapter 14]. p. 152-160. In: Fuller J, Granton J, McConachie I, editors. Handbook of ICU Therapy, 3rd Ed. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press; c2015. 

Ahmed EO, Butler R, Novick RJ. Failure-to-rescue rate as a measure of quality of care in a cardiac surgery recovery unit: a five-year study. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Jan;97(1):147-52.

Sultan N, Theakston KD, Butler R, Suri RS. Treatment of severe accidental hypothermia with intermittent hemodialysis. CJEM. 2009 Mar;11(2):174-7.

Novick RJ, Fox SA, Stitt LW, Butler R, Kroh M, Hurlock-Chorostecki C, Harris C, Cheng DC. Impact of the opening of a specialized cardiac surgery recovery unit on postoperative outcomes in an academic health sciences centre. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Sep;54(9):737-43.

Singh SI, Morley-Forster PK, Shamsah M, Butler RInfluence of injection rate of hyperbaric bupivacaine on spinal block in parturients: a randomized trial. Can J Anaesth. 2007 Apr;54(4):290-5.

Yang H, Raymer K, Butler R, Parlow J, Roberts R. The effects of perioperative beta-blockade: results of the Metoprolol after Vascular Surgery (MaVS) study, a randomized controlled trial. Am Heart J. 2006 Nov;152(5):983-90.

Butler RJ. Neurologic complications and management [Chapter 48]. In: Cheng DCH, David TE, editors. Perioperative Care in Cardiac Anesthesia and Surgery, 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; c2006.