Dan Deckelbaum

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor, Divisions of Trauma and General surgery

Contact Information
Email address: 
dan.deckelbaum [at] mcgill.ca
Montreal General Hospital (MGH)
L9-425, (514)934-1934, ext.44336
Hospital title: 
Co-director, Centre for Global Surgery , Department of Critical Care,MUHC



Dr. Dan Deckelbaum is assistant professor at the Divisions of Trauma and General Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), associate member of the Department of Epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health at McGill University, and honorary associate professor of the National University of Rwanda. He obtained his subspecialty training in trauma surgery and critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. During his fellowship he also completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Miami.

In addition to his passion for clinical practice, he has developed an avid interest in global surgical education and development, as well as disaster preparedness and response, establishing and co-directing the MUHC Centre for Global Surgery. His interest in global health is founded upon on-site clinical experience in government hospitals in East Africa as well as disaster response activities in Somalia, Kenya, Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.  Dr. Deckelbaum aims at developing and implementing trauma and emergency capacity building programs in many countries around the world where the plight of injury is constantly on the rise. He is also active in identifying innovative approaches to enhance medical students’ education in global surgery and has supervised numerous students and resident through their global surgical research, education and clinical activities.

Selected publications: 

1: Bracco D, Deckelbaum D, Artho G, Khwaja K, Mulder DS, Gruska J, Razek T.
Additional and repeated computed tomography in interfacility trauma transfers:
Room for standardization. Surgery. 2018 Oct;164(4):872-878. doi:
10.1016/j.surg.2018.07.007. Epub 2018 Aug 25. PubMed PMID: 30149940.

2: Wang Y, Stanek A, Grushka J, Fata P, Beckett A, Khwaja K, Razek T, Deckelbaum
DL. Incidence and factors associated with development of heterotopic ossification
after damage control laparotomy. Injury. 2018 Jan;49(1):51-55. doi:
10.1016/j.injury.2017.11.033. Epub 2017 Nov 26. PubMed PMID: 29191669.

3: Mulwafu W, Chokotho L, Mkandawire N, Pandit H, Deckelbaum DL, Lavy C, Jacobsen
KH. Trauma care in Malawi: A call to action. Malawi Med J. 2017
Jun;29(2):198-202. PubMed PMID: 28955433; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5610296.

4: Madani A, Gips A, Razek T, Deckelbaum DL, Mulder DS, Grushka JR. Defining and
Measuring Decision-Making for the Management of Trauma Patients. J Surg Educ.
2018 Mar - Apr;75(2):358-369. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.07.012. Epub 2017 Jul 26.
PubMed PMID: 28756147.

5: McKendy KM, Lee LF, Boulva K, Deckelbaum DL, Mulder DS, Razek TS, Grushka JR.
Epidural analgesia for traumatic rib fractures is associated with worse outcomes:
a matched analysis. J Surg Res. 2017 Jun 15;214:117-123. doi:
10.1016/j.jss.2017.02.057. Epub 2017 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 28624032.

6: Sivakumaran L, Ayinde T, Hamadini F, Meterissian S, Razek T, Puckrin R, Munoz
J, O'Hearn S, Deckelbaum DL. Support infrastructure available to Canadian
residents completing post-graduate global health electives: current state and
future directions. Can Med Educ J. 2016 Dec 5;7(3):e41-e50. eCollection 2016 Dec.
PubMed PMID: 28344708; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5342887.

7: Duceppe MA, Williamson DR, Elliott A, Para M, Poirier MC, Delisle MS,
Deckelbaum D, Razek T, Desjardins M, Bertrand JC, Bernard F, Rico P, Burry L,
Frenette AJ, Perreault M. Modifiable Risk Factors for Delirium in Critically Ill
Trauma Patients. J Intensive Care Med. 2017 Jan 1:885066617698646. doi:
10.1177/0885066617698646. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28335673.

8: St-Louis E, Deckelbaum DL, Baird R, Razek T. Optimizing the assessment of
pediatric injury severity in low-resource settings: Consensus generation through
a modified Delphi analysis. Injury. 2017 Jun;48(6):1115-1119. doi:
10.1016/j.injury.2017.03.013. Epub 2017 Mar 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 28330737.

9: St-Louis E, Séguin J, Roizblatt D, Deckelbaum DL, Baird R, Razek T. Systematic
review and need assessment of pediatric trauma outcome benchmarking tools for
low-resource settings. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017 Mar;33(3):299-309. doi:
10.1007/s00383-016-4024-9. Epub 2016 Nov 21. Review. PubMed PMID: 27873009.


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