Sinai Health is celebrating Dr. Keerat Grewal, an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital whose work has landed her five prestigious awards for her research and impact on patient care.
Dr. Grewal, a clinician-scientist at the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute (SREMI) at Sinai Health, focuses her research on improving emergency care for patients with cancer, blood clots, and head injuries among patients on blood thinners.
These National and International accolades include:
“I’m very honoured that not only my research, but the hard work of our entire team is being recognized by our peers,” said Dr. Grewal. “It just goes to show the level of team work involved in these studies. Emergency medicine is a relatively new field compared to other areas of medicine, so there’s a lot of opportunity through research to improve emergency care for patients.”
As a health services researcher, Dr. Grewal taps into province-wide, health databases to look at trends among patients across Ontario. She recently found that cancer patients in Ontario frequently require emergency care, and that almost one in four emergency department visits by these patients are due to possible infection.
“These findings will inform future studies and I’m hoping we can positively impact outcomes and care for these patients,” said Dr. Grewal.
Dr. Grewal is also using similar databases to quantify how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected emergency department usage and health outcomes of non-COVID-19 patients in Ontario. With many emergency departments reporting a significant drop in patient visits at the height of the pandemic, there is concern that people who should be seeking emergency care are delaying their care, and that their health is suffering as a result. “
Keerat has been a fantastic addition to the SREMI team,” said Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, Director of SREMI. “Her areas of research and ability to use ICES data to answer these important questions really strengthens and broadens our research capacity.”
For more on the inspiring work being done at the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute at Sinai Health, click here.
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