Citywide Critical Conversations


Critical Care Western is introducing a new speaker series, Critical ConversationsVeering away from the traditional format of most grand rounds-type presentations, Critical Conversations will focus on equal parts presentation and group discourse.  We are seeking to engage speakers who can capably promote conversations that may challenge conventionally held dogma, speak to the historical elements of critical care and/or point to future innovations.nal format of most grand rounds-type presentations, Critical Conversations will focus on equal parts presentation and group discourse. 

Upcoming in 2023:  TO BE ANNOUNCED

Most Recent Guest Speaker - December 13, 2022:  
Craig Ainsworth, MD, FRCPC

“Evolution of Cardiac Critical Care – Developing CCUs by Leveraging
          Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine Ideas”

Craig Ainsworth, MD, FRCPCDr. Ainsworth completed his training in General Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine. He subsequently completed an Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship.  Craig works clinically in the Regional Cardiac Care Unit at Hamilton General Hospital, post Cardiac Surgery ICU, Critical Care Response Team, outpatient clinic and Echocardiography Lab.  From an administrative perspective, Craig recently stepped down as CCU Director in Hamilton as he transitioned to Chief of Critical Care at Hamilton Health Sciences.  As CCU Director, Craig lead a major change in CCU staffing model which now has 9 cardiologists rounding, of whom 5 have formal critical care training.  Lastly, Craig has been involved in several national guidelines, including Canadian guidelines on STEMI management, care of the post-cardiac arrest patient and neuroprognostication in post-cardiac arrest patients.  He had also published on staffing models for contemporary tertiary care CCUs. 


Previous speakers we have had the privilege to hear from:

  • Dr. Martin Tobin, Professor Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, Loyola University, Chicago IL
    Discussion Topic - Is Medicine an Art or a Science?

  • Dr. Mervyn Singer, Professor of Critical Care Medicine, University College London, London UK
    Discussion Topic - Sepsis Hysteria

  • Dr. Dana Edelson, Clinical Associate in Hospital Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago IL
    Discussion Topic - The Reality of AI-Powered Clinical Decisions:  Past, Present, and Future

  • Dr. Jean-Louis Vincent, Professor Intensive Care Medicine, University of Brussels
    The Future of Critical Care Medicine

  • Dr. Marleis Ostermann, Consultant – Critical Care & Nephrology, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
    Invited Dr. William J. Sibbald Lecturer

  • Dr. Paul Young, Medical Director Wakefield ICU & Deputy Director, Medical Research Institute of New Zealand
    Discussion Topic:  Optimal care: more and more of less and less until all you are doing is going for coffee

  • Dr. J. Kyle Bohman, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
    Discussion Topic - ECMO Program Expansion: lessons learned

  • Dr. John Bach, Professor of Neurology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Medical Director, Center for Non-invasive Mechanical Ventilation
    Discussion Topics - Non-invasive ventilatory support for the ICU

  • Dr. Craig Ainsworth, Chief of Critical Care, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton ON
    Discussion Topic - Evolution of Cardiac Critical Care - Developing CCUs by Levering Cardiology & Critical Care Medicine Ideas