Dr. Shawn Hicks MD, MSc, FRCPC


Dr. Shawn Hicks MD, MSc, FRCPC
Program Director and Assistant Professor



2013                 Teacher of the Year, Awarded by the Anesthesia Residents. Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine. Dalhousie University, Dalhousie University, Canada, Nova Scotia

2012                 CORE Teaching Award, Division of Critical Care Medicine, CORE Teaching Award 2012-13. “Outstanding commitment to the academic achievement and personal growth of subspecialty trainees within the Division of Critical Care.”

2009                 Clinical Teaching Recognition Award, Awarded each year to a critical care fellow by the fourth year medical students at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program, University of Pittsburgh, United States, Pennsylvania

2008                 Resident abstract competition and Award, Best Paper in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain. Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS), Halifax, NS. 2008. Lipid therapy in a swine model of bupivacaine toxicity, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society


Mentoring Activities

Mentor, Longitudinal Anesthesia and ICU Elective Students. These students spent time with me in the OR and in the ICU for once a week for a semester

Mentor, Critical Care Fellow. Title of Research Project: The effect of hydroxyethyl starches and crystalloid fluids on mortality and need for dialysis in vascular surgery patients

Event Participation

2010 – 2011    Participant, Healthcare Education Scholars Program is offered by AIME, the Academy for Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawhttp://www.med.uottawa.ca/aime/eng/health_education_scholars_program.html

Scholarly Activities

2013 – 2013    Teaching, Critical Care Medicine, Core Teaching program for Anesthesia Residents (2013). Redeveloped the core curriculum to include a simulation based approach for all 8 weeks of training.

2013 – 2013    Teaching, Physiologic effects of ventilation, Problem based seminar on heart lung interactions for Critical Care Fellows and Anesthesia Residents

2012 –             Teaching, Physiologic effects of ventilation, Problem based seminar on heart lung interactions for Critical Care Fellows and Anesthesia Residents

                         Teaching, Simulation Based training program for ICU house staff, I participate in supervising regular simulation sessions for the ICU residents.

                         Teaching, Airway training using a cadaver training model., Implemented a cadaver training model that simulates a spontaneously breathing patients to teach basic airway skills to trainees, as well as more challenging situations for a senior trainee. Sessions include: Boot camp for Internal Medicine Residents, Junior Anesthesia Residents, Senior Surgery Residents,


Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Skulec R, Truhelar A, Turek Z, Parizkova R, Dostal P, Hicks S, Lehmann C, Cerny V. (2013). Comparison of cold crystalloid and colloid infusions for induction of therapeutic hypothermia in a porcine model of cardiac arrest. Critical Care, 17, R242.
  2. Hicks SD, Callaway CW, Miller DR, Menegazzi JJ. (2010). Anesthetic Effects and Lipid Resuscitation Protocols (Correspondence). Anesthesiology, 112(2), 500.

Conference Publications

  1. Silvaggio MP, Hooper J, Hicks SD. (2012). Predictors of survival following cardiac arrest in the adult population. In CAS.
  2. D’Egidio G, Cardinal P, Willett T, Low T, Landriault A, Hartwick M, Hickey M, Hicks S, Macdonald J, Owen E, Bouali R. (2011). Patient-centric standards: A new method of determining optimal care for a burned patient. In Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.
  3. Hicks SD, Neilipovitz D, Bryson G. (2008). Prehospital versus hospital airway management in trauma patients. In Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) annual meeting.
  4. Hicks SD, DeFranco D.B, Klann E; Decker ED; Fertig KC; Callaway CW. (2000). Hypothermia increases phosphorylation of ERK substrates in hippocampus and cortex after cerebral ischemia. In Society for Neuroscience. Poster 769.4
  5. Hicks SD, DeFranco DB, Callaway CW. (1999). Delayed Prolonged Hypothermia Improves Outcome after Asphyxial Cardiac Arrest in Rats. In Academic Emergency Medicine. National Conference - Plenary Session. 6(5): p370-1, Abstract 005
  6. Callaway CW, Lipinski CA, Hicks SD, Defranco, D.B. T. (1998). The glucocortcoid antagonist RU486 inhibits 70 kDa heat shock protein transcription in brain after arrest and resuscitation. In Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.


  1. Hicks, Shawn D.. (2014). An approach to Mechanical Ventilation in the peri-operative period: Does lung protective ventilation apply to my patient in the OR?. CAS – Atlantic Regional Meeting.
  2. Hicks, Shawn D.. (2014). Neuro Anesthesia Section: My Brain Hurts! Resuscitation of the Body's Most Important Organ. Evidence based review in the management of traumatic brain injury. CAS Annual Meeting.
  3. Hicks, Shawn D.. (2013). Critical Care management of major burns. Review of current management strategies in major burns. ARCC Atlantic Respiratory and Critical Care Conference.
  4. Hicks, Shawn D.. (2012). Management of Malignant Hyperthermia. Physiologic effects of ventilation.
  5. Hicks, Shawn D.. (2012). Case based presentation to Introduce neuro critical care to Anesthesia residents. Focus on TBI, SCI, SAH, brain death determination, care of organ donor patient. Neurocritical Care Seminar for Anesthesia Residents.


Published Abstract

  1. Hicks, Shawn. Hicks SD, Jarrett J, Gubitz G, Phillips S. How can we improve door-to-needle times for stroke thrombolysis?. (2001). Can J Cardiol 17 (Suppl C):193C
  2. Hicks, Shawn. Callaway CW, Tadler S, Lipinski CA, Indemini A, Hicks SD, and Katz LM. Cranial Cooling during Resuscitation of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. (1999). Academic Emergency Medicine. Boston, 6(5): pp 429, abstract 180
  3. Hicks, Shawn. Xiao N, Callaway CW, Lipinski CA, Hicks SD, Defranco, D.B. Geldanamycin provides posttreatment protection against glutamate-induced oxidative toxicity in a mouse hippocampal cell line, and neurological deficits in a rat model of cardiac arrest. (1998). Society for Neuroscience Abstract, New Orleans, 1998. (93.11)
  4. Hicks, Shawn. Lipinski CA, Callaway CW and Hicks SD. The Effects of Normoxic Ventilation on Neurologic Outcome after Cardiac Arrest in Rats. (1998). Prehospital Emergency Care. 1998; 2(2): pp.164
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