Professor Brian Cuthbertson


Honorary Professorial Fellow


Professor Brian Cuthbertson is Chief of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also an Honorary Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. He has also played key roles in developing research infrastructure for multi-centre and multi-national studies including being a co-founder of the Scottish Critical Care Trials Group, the founder of the UK Critical Care Research Forum and a member of the Canadian Critical Care Trials group strategic development committee.

Prof. Cuthbertson has sat on a number of national peer reviewed funding councils including the UK Health Technology Assessment Committee’s Health Services Research Committee and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Services Research Committee. He has supervised a large number of higher and bachelor degrees by research as well as teaching on Masters in Public Health and Master in Clinical Epidemiology course in the UK and Canada. He is a Scientist at the prestigious Institute of Health Policy Management at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Cuthbertson’s research interests include improving outcomes from critical illness and from major surgery. He has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded over CA$16million of peer reviewed research grants in his career. He is an investigator on a large number of multi-centre and multi-national trials including being PI on the FOCCUS study of pre-operative fluid loading in major surgery (Critical Care), the PRaCTICAL study (BMJ) of ICU follow-up systems as well as being an author of the CORTICUS study and the senior authors on the recent OSCAR study of high frequency oscillation in ARDS, both of which are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Currently he is the international PI of the major international study, The SuDDICU study, in conjucntion with the George Institute. SuDDICU is a very large multi-national cluster randomised controlled study of SDD in critical care which was the recipient of peer reviewed funding in at least two nations.