Dr. Riyad Abu-Laban is the lead for the BC Emergency Medicine Network Innovation Program. He is an emergency physician at Vancouver General Hospital and associate professor and research director of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine.
Before coming to UBC in 1992 to complete a Royal College EM residency, Riyad worked for four years as a rural emergency physician in Banff, where he was also medical director of Banff EMS, an ALS ambulance system. Riyad holds a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology from UBC, and was a Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine for 10 years. He has a wide range of research, collaboration, and mentorship experience over the past 25 years, including designing and leading two large-scale, randomized trials of cardiac arrest pharmacologic interventions.
In recent years Riyad's focus has shifted to research facilitation, promotion, and education. For the past 8 years he has been director of the highly successful UBC "NERD Block" (Novel Education in Research & Design), a one month research and critical appraisal education course for EM residents, pediatric EM fellows, and Department of EM or Division of Pediatric EM faculty members.