Dr. Michael Woo MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP


Dr. Michael Woo MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP
• Attending Emergency Physician • Trauma Team Leader • Fellowship and Research Director – Acute Care Point of Care Ultrasonography • Teaching Chair – POCUS – Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Ottawa and Full Professor


Room: The Ottawa Hospital - General and Civic Campus


Medical School

  • Queen’s University 1998


  • University of Ottawa – Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine 2001

Personal Interests/Personal philosophy or quote

Recipes for success:

Figure out what you love to do

Find a place where you can do it

Have a mentor


Dr. Michael Woo is an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the Ottawa Hospital and a Full Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is the Fellowship and Research Director for Acute Care Point-of-care Ultrasonography with the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also the Teaching Chair for POCUS for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Ottawa.

He started his passion with POCUS by acquiring sonographer RDMS certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2008. He has since developed one of the first POCUS fellowships in Canada in 2009 with over 20 graduated fellows practicing around the world. He was recently the vice-chair of the working group that founded the Area of Focused Competence in Acute Care POCUS Diploma by the RCPSC.

Recognizing that you never stop learning, he acquired Testamur status Critical Care Echocardiography with the National Board of Echocardiography in 2020.

The success of any program continues to be a TEAM effort with every member contributing to excellence in teaching and education, research and administration, and patient safety and quality.


  • Kim, D, Jelic, T, Woo, M, Heslop, C, Olszynski, P. (2020). Just the Facts: Recommendations on Point of Care Ultrasound Use and Machine Infection Control During the COVID-19 Pandemic. CJEM, 1-7. doi:10.1017/cem.2020.364
  • Ma IWY, Desey J, Woo MY, Kirkpatrick AW, Noble VE. Consensus-Based Expert Development of Critical Items for Direct Observation of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Skills. Journal of Graduate Medical Education In-Press. 2020 https://doi.org/10.4300/JGME-D-19-00531.1
  • Ma IWY, Steinmetz P, Weerdenburg K, Woo MY, Olszynski P et al. The Canadian medical student ultrasound curriculum: A statement from the Canadian Ultrasound Consensus for Undergraduate Medical Education (CanUCMe) Group. 2020 Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1002/jum.15218
  • Nakao S, Vaillancourt C, Taljaard M, Nemnom M, Woo MY, Stiell IG. Evaluating the impact of point-of-care ultrasonography on patients with suspected acute heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation in the emergency department: A prospective observational study. CJEM 2020 Feb 28; 1; [e-pub]. (https://doi.org/10.1017/cem.2019.499)
  • Schouela N, Woo MY, Pan A, Cheung WJ, Perry JJ. Perceived versus actual cricothyroid membrane landmarking accuracy by emergency medicine residents and staff physicians. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. Published online 10 February 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/cem.2019.483
  • Suttie R, Woo MY, Park L, Nemnom M, Stotts G, Perry JJ.  Can emergency physicians perform carotid artery point-of-care ultrasound to detect severe stenosis in patients with TIA and stroke. 2020. Accepted Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • Peng S, Micks T, Braganza D, Sue K, Woo M, Rogers P, et al. Canadian national survey of family medicine residents on point-of-care ultrasound training. Can Fam Physician [Internet]. 2019 Dec 1;65(12):e523 LP-e530. Available from: http://www.cfp.ca/content/65/12/e523.abstract
  • Lalande E, Burwash-Brennan T, Burns K, Atkinson P, Lambert M, Jarman B, Lamprecht H, Banerjee A, SHoC Investigators, Woo MY.  Is point-of-care ultrasound a reliable predictor of outcome during atraumatic, non-shockable cardiac arrest? A systematic review and meta-analysis from the SHoC Investigators. Resuscitation. 2019; 139:159-166.
  • Henderson C, Abdel-Galil R, Woo MY, Lee JS, Liew A, Papp S, Madden S, Lui A. Improving care for elderly patients with hip fracture; interdisciplinary collaboration in regional analgesia. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. 2019; 66:845. 
  • Yiu SHM, Spacek AM, Pageau PG, Woo MYC, Lee AC, Frank JR.  Dissecting the contemporary clerkship: Theory-based education trial of videos versus lectures in medical student education. AEM Education and Training 2019;00:1-8 

Invited Editorials

  • Lalande E, Woo M  (2019). POCUS predicts prognosis in cardiac arrest. CJEM, 21(6), 689-690. doi:10.1017/cem.2019.436
  • Rose P, Woo MY. Regional anesthesia outside the OR: Regional anesthesia and pain specialists should help train non-anesthesia specialists how to perform nerve blocks. American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine News. Feb. 2019.
  • Woo MY and Atkinson P. There are no shortcuts: A focus on POCUS. CJEM. 2018;20(3):321-322.

Book Chapters

  • Rubin M, Ritcey B, Woo MY. Small parts ultrasound. In: Point of Care Ultrasound for Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation. Eds. Atkinson P, Bowra J, Harris T, Jarman B, Lewis D. 2019. Oxford University Press. 
  • Lalande E, Woo MY. Skin & soft tissues. In Point-of-care ultrasound. Eds. Soni N, Kory P, Arntfield R. Elsevier. 1st Edition. 2014. 2nd Edition. 2019.


2018       Dr. Adam Cwinn Excellence in Emergency Department Quality and Safety Award, Department

                of Emergency Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, Canada

2015       Teaching Skills Attainment Award with Merit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

2008       Award of Excellence and Innovation, Postgraduate Medical Education

                Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada

2006       Emergency Medicine Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Emergency Medicine,

                University of Ottawa, Canada

Fields of Interest

  • Point-of-care Ultrasonography (POCUS)
  • Trauma
  • Education
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