Critical Care Medicine

About the Department

The Department of Critical Care is part of the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University. Our attending intensive care specialists provide care to patients who either have, or are at high risk of developing, a life-threatening disease or injury, or those who have had major surgical procedures. Our critical care units consist of highly trained inter-disciplinary teams, advanced life-support technology and monitoring equipment. Our academic mandate includes a significant commitment to medical education at all levels of training, from medical students to critical care fellows. Our faculty members are active researchers making significant contribution to the latest evidence-based critical care medicine. As part of an inter-disciplinary team, we provide direct care to patients in 66 critical care beds in four intensive care units. We also provide 24/7 physician coverage through our Rapid Response Teams (RACE) at both the Juravinski and General Sites.

About the Chief – Dr. Corey Sawchuk

Dr. Corey Sawchuk is the current Chief of Critical Care at Hamilton Health Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. He is a staff anesthetist, as well as, Intensivist at Hamilton Health Sciences. Corey has recently completed his Executive MBA at Ivey Business School. Corey’s current professional interest is in developing and implementing safe information management systems within complex medical environments. Corey has a passion for learning, healthy living and outdoor physical activities.

Chief Assistant

Monica Myslin, 905-521-2100 ext. 44051

Our Area Leaders

  • Chief of Critical Care: Dr. Corey Sawchuk
  • ICU East/South Site Lead: Dr. Sunjay Sharma
  • ICU West Site Lead: Dr. Julian Owen
  • Juravinski ICU Site Lead: Dr. Bram Rochwerg
  • McMaster University Medical Centre ICU: Dr. Simon Oczkowski
  • Hamilton General  Rapid Response Team Leads: Dr. Craig Ainsworth
  • Juravinski Rapid Response Team Lead: Dr. Farzin Visram