Gary Andolfatto

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Emergency Department Lions Gate Hospital 231 East 15th Street North Vancouver


Academic Appointment 
Assistant Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Blood, Heart and Circulation

Dr. Gary Andolfatto has contributed significantly to the practice of emergency medicine. His special interest is in pain control and patient sedation for painful emergency department procedures. He has published several studies top-tier journals and pioneered the use of the sedation medication combination "ketofol" which is now commonly used worldwide.  He has continued to accomplish important initiatives for providing expedient and effective pain control including the use of intra-nasal analgesic delivery and protocols designed to provide rapid pain control in the emergency department as well as in the pre-hospital setting.  In his role as ED Research Director and subject matter expert, Dr. Andolfatto was a founding member of the International Committee for the Advancement of Procedural Sedation - an international multidisciplinary body dedicated to the advancement of optimal evidence-based sedation practice. His work in procedural sedation and analgesia is frequently quoted in the emergency medicine literature and at emergency medicine conferences.

Current Projects 

Intranasal Ketamine for Emergency Department Analgesia
Pre-Apneic Physiological Changes during Emergency Department Procedural Sedation
Cannabis and Motor Vehicle Crashes (Co-Investigator)
Chemical vs Electrical Defibrillation in the ED (Co-Investigator)