Dr. Edmund Kwok
Dr. Edmund Kwok
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Clinician Investigator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Director, Quality Improvement Unit, Department of Emergency Medicine
Adjunct Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University Sessional Lecturer, Telfer School of Management


The Ottawa Hospital


Medical school

  • Queen’s University 2006


  • Royal College Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa

Personal interests

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”


  • McDonald, L., Mastoras, G., Hickey, M., McDonald, B., & Kwok, E. Evaluating the potential impact of an emergency department extracorporeal resuscitation (ECPR) program: A health records review. CJEM, 1-4. doi:10.1017/cem.2019.472
  • Kwok ESH, Clapham G, White S, Austin M, Calder LA. Development and implementation of a standardised emergency department intershift handover tool to improve physician communication. BMJ Open Quality 2020;9:e000780. doi:10.1136/bmjoq-2019-000780
  • Trivedi SV, Hartmann RJ, Hall JN, Nasser L, Porplycia D, Kwok ESH, Chartier LB. Residents’ perspectives of quality improvement and patient safety education in Canadian emergency medicine residency programs. CJEM 2020:1-8, DOI 10.1017/cem.2019.465
  • Zheng B, Kwok ESH, Taljaard M, Nemnom MJ, Stiell I. Decision fatigue in the emergency department: how does emergency physician decision making change over an eight-hour shift? Am J Emerg Med 2019 Dec 16. pii: S0735-6757(19)30826-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2019.12.020. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Prudhomme N, Kwok ESH, Olejnik L, White S, Thiruganasambandamoorthy V. A health records review of outpatient referrals from the emergency department. Emerg Med J 2019, Article ID 5179081, https://doi.org/10.1155.2019/5179081
  • Chhabra S, Eagles D, Kwok ESH, Perry JJ. Interventions to reduce emergency department door-to-electrocardiogram times: a systematic review. CJEM 2019 21(5):607-617
  • Chartier LB, Mondoux SE, Stang AS, Dukelow AM, Dowling SK, Kwok ESH, Trivedi SV, Tepper J, Lang Eddy. How do emergency departments and emergency leaders catalyze positive change through quality improvement collaborations? CJEM 2019 21(4):542-549
  • Kwok ESH, Perry JJ, Mondoux S, Chartier LB. An environmental scan of quality improvement and patient safety activities in emergency medicine in Canada. CJEM 2019:1-7; doi: 10.1017/cem.2019.16
  • Innes GD, Sivilotti MLA, Overns H, McLelland K, Dukelow A, Kwok E, Chopra A, Cheng I, Kalla D, Mackinnon D, Sing CK, Barclay N, Ross T, Chochinov A. Emergency overcrowding and access block: a smaller problem than we think. CJEM 2018:1-9 doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.446
  • Kim JJ, Kwok ESH, Cook OG, Calder LA. Characterizing highly frequent users of a large Canadian urban emergency department. Western J Emerg Med. 2018 Oct 18th In press doi: 10.5811/westjem.2018.9.39369
  • Ting DK, Thoma B, Luckett-Gatopoulos S, Thomas A, Syed S, Bravo M, Zaver F, Purdy E,  Kwok ES, Chan TM. (2018) CanadiEM: Accessing an online community of practice to create a Canadian national medical education institution. AEM Education and Training. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1002/aet2.10199
  • Quimby AE, Kwok ESH, Lelli D, Johns P, Tse D. Usage of the HINTS exam and neuro imaging in the assessment of peripheral vertigo in the emergency department. Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2018 Sept 10 47:54 https://doi.org/10.1186/s40463-018-0305-8
  • Mohamed M, Assal A, Boyle L, Kwok ESH, De Sousa F, Karovitch, Malcolm J. Development and implementation of a DKA protocol for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes at a tertiary care multi-campus hospital. Can J Diabetes 2018 Aug https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjd.2018.08.192
  • Brown PA, Hiremath S, Clark EG, Kwok ESH, McCudden C, Akbari A. Implementation and evaluation of structured nephrology morbidity and mortality conferences: a quality education report. Int Urol Nephrol 2018 Mar 12; doi:10.1007/s11255-018-1842-9 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Charbonneau V, Kwok ESH, Boyle L, Stiell IG. Impact of emergency department surge and end of shift on patient workup and treatment prior to referral to internal medicine: a health records review.  Emerg Med J. Published online first: 09 March 2018. doi:10.1136/emermed-2017-207149
  • Kwok ESH. Inadequacy of current morbidity and mortality review activities: evolution of a time-honored tradition needed. (Invited Editorial) Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2017;43(1):3-4
  • Kwok ESH, Calder LA, Barlow-Krelina E, Mackie C, Seely AJE, Cwinn AA, Worthington JR, Frank JR. Implementation of a structured hospital-wide morbidity and mortality rounds model. BMJ Qual Saf 2016; online first: doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005459
  • Mondoux SE, Frank JR, Kwok ESH, et al. Teaching M&M rounds skills: enhancing and assessing patient safety competencies using the Ottawa M&M model. Postgrad Med J 2016; 0:1-5
  • Kwok ESH, Geymonat C, Peters K, et al. A novel emergency department surge protocol: implementation of a targeted response plan. J Clin Outcomes Manag 2015;22:495-503
  • Galipeau J, Pussegoda K, Stevens A, Brehaut JC, Curran J, Forster AJ, Tierney M, Kwok ES, Worthington, JR, Campbell SG, and Moher D. Effectiveness and safety of short stay units in the emergency department: a systematic review. Acad Emerg Med 2015; 22(8):893-907
  • Calder LA, Kwok ES, Cwinn AA, Worthington J, Yelle JD, Waggott M, Frank JR. Enhancing the quality of morbidity & mortality rounds: the Ottawa M&M Model. Acad Emerg Med 2014; 21(3):314-321
  • Konnyu KJ, Kwok ES, Skidmore B, Moher D. The effectiveness and safety of an emergency department short stay units: a rapid review. Open Medicine 2012;6(1): 10-16
  • Kwok ES, Howes D.  Use of methylene blue in sepsis: a systematic review. J Intensive Care Med 2006; 21:359-363


April 2019

  • Physician Leadership Award Certificate                  
  • The Ottawa Hospital Excellence Awards

June 2016

  • Dr. Adam Cwinn Excellence in Quality and Safety Award
  • Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa

Dec 2014

  • Professor/Teacher of the Year
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program
  • Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Research interests

  • Quality Improvement
  • Patient Safety
  • ED administration