Alun Ackery


Investigator, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Alun Ackery is an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at St. Michael’s Hospital, a transport physician with Ornge Air Ambulance, and a Medical Director at Criticall. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine.

His research interests are broad, focusing on pre-hospital trauma, injury prevention, and technology. Furthermore, he is involved in developing and disseminating a variety of innovative tools to 1) better educate patients about their journey in and out of the hospital; 2) give physicians in community hospitals better resources so that they can manage patients more effectively; and 3) advance technology to create new tools that will augment the overall health care experience.

Recent Publications

  1. Smith, CW, Malhotra, AK, Hammill, C, Beaton, D, Harrington, EM, He, Y et al.. Vision Transformer-based Decision Support for Neurosurgical Intervention in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury: Automated Surgical Intervention Support Tool. Radiol Artif Intell. 2024;6 (2):e230088. doi: 10.1148/ryai.230088. PubMed PMID:38197796 PubMed Central PMC10982820.
  2. Gaube, S, Suresh, H, Raue, M, Lermer, E, Koch, TK, Hudecek, MFC et al.. Non-task expert physicians benefit from correct explainable AI advice when reviewing X-rays. Sci Rep. 2023;13 (1):1383. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-28633-w. PubMed PMID:36697450 PubMed Central PMC9876883.
  3. Hall, JN, Ackery, AD, Dainty, KN, Gill, PS, Lim, R, Masood, S et al.. Designs, facilitators, barriers, and lessons learned during the implementation of emergency department led virtual urgent care programs in Ontario, Canada. Front Digit Health. 2022;4 :946734. doi: 10.3389/fdgth.2022.946734. PubMed PMID:36093385 PubMed Central PMC9448924.
  4. Teitel, J, Ackery, AD. Just the facts: how do I recognize, diagnose and treat acquired (autoimmune) hemophilia?. CJEM. 2022;24 (5):477-479. doi: 10.1007/s43678-022-00344-7. PubMed PMID:35861916 .
  5. Liu, TY, Rai, A, Ditkofsky, N, Deva, DP, Dowdell, TR, Ackery, AD et al.. Cost benefit analysis of portable chest radiography through glass: Initial experience at a tertiary care centre during COVID-19 pandemic. J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2021;52 (2):186-190. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2021.03.036. PubMed PMID:33875400 PubMed Central PMC8026266.
  6. Grant, K, McParland, A, Mehta, S, Ackery, AD. Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Medicine: Surmountable Barriers With Revolutionary Potential. Ann Emerg Med. 2020;75 (6):721-726. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.12.024. PubMed PMID:32093974 .
  7. Mehta, S, Jamieson, T, Ackery, AD. Helping clinicians and patients navigate electronic patient portals: ethical and legal principles. CMAJ. 2019;191 (40):E1100-E1104. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190413. PubMed PMID:31591096 PubMed Central PMC6779538.
  8. Kodama, D, Yanagawa, B, Chung, J, Fryatt, K, Ackery, AD. "Is there a doctor on board?": Practical recommendations for managing in-flight medical emergencies. CMAJ. 2018;190 (8):E217-E222. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.170601. PubMed PMID:29483330 PubMed Central PMC5826707.
  9. Wood, B, Nascimento, B, Rizoli, S, Sholzberg, M, McFarlan, A, Phillips, A et al.. The Anticoagulated trauma patient in the age of the direct oral anticoagulants: a Canadian perspective. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2017;25 (1):76. doi: 10.1186/s13049-017-0420-y. PubMed PMID:28768548 PubMed Central PMC5541703.
  10. Bagai, A, Lu, J, Al-Amro, B, Rezende-Neto, J, Prabhudesai, V, Ackery, AD et al.. Management of right coronary artery fistula caused by nail gun trauma. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016;152 (6):e139-e141. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.07.086. PubMed PMID:27720262 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Deputy Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Medical Director of Informatics and Technology St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
  • Transport Physician, Ornge Air Ambulance
  • Medical Director, Criticall Ontario