Matt Kurrek MD, FRCPC
Matt Kurrek
Contact Info
T: (416) 399-7640
F: (416) 488-9111
The Scarborough Hospital - Birchmount Campus
3030 Birchmount Road
Toronto, ON, M1W 3W3
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Lead, Anesthesia Peer Assessor Network, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Ontario Representative, Guidelines Committee, Canadian Anesthesiology Society
Co-director, International Simulation Outcome Registry
Clinical Interests
ambulatory anesthesia, orthopedic surgery, ultrasound
Research Interests
information management, simulation

As the vice chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Standards Committee, Dr. Kurrek changed the Canadian Guidelines and added capnographic monitoring during sedation. He is the principal investigator for an international multicenter trial, measuring adverse respiratory events by capnography among high-risk patients in the recovery room and 24 hours post-operatively.


Research Synopsis

Dr. Kurrek’s current research focus is the use of realistic, full-scale simulation for the assessment of individual and team performance. He is the founder of and co-principal investigator of the International Simulation Outcome Registry (in collaboration with the Society of Simulation in Health Care). His other focus is the use of data registries and multisource feedback as part of a comprehensive quality assurance program in anesthesia. This includes the feasibility and impact of a clinical registry in anesthesia for orthopedic surgery including an in-situ simulation training based on reported adverse events. The program has been recognized as exemplary by the hospital administration.


University of Toronto anesthesia resident seminar on Office-based Anesthesia
Out-of Hospital CME meeting (Chair)
TEE, Protocols for Orthopedic Surgeries, in-situ simulation and quality assurance

Publications and Awards

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Recent Publications

  1. Kurrek MM and Merchant R. Yesterday’s luxury – today’s necessity: end-tidal CO2 monitoring during conscious sedation. Can J Anaesth 59(8):731-735, 2012
  2. Kurrek MM and Gan TJ. Low-dose droperidol for prevention of postoperative nausea in adults. Eur J Anaesthesiol 30(7):443-4, 2013
  3. Kurrek MM, Dain SL and Kiss A. The effect of the Double Mask on Anesthetic Waste Gas Levels During Pediatric Mask Inductions in Dental Offices. Anesth Analg 117(1):46-6, 2013
  4. Merchant RN and Kurrek MM. Special announcement: Guidelines to the Practice of Anesthesia, Revised Edition 2014. Can J Anaesth 61(1):8-11, 2014
  5. Kurrek MM, Barnett S, Minville V. Considerations for the perioperative care of elderly and frail patients. The Journal of Frailty and Aging 3(4):230-33, 2014
  6. Charbonneau H, Riu B, Faron M, Mari A, Kurrek MM, Ruiz J, Geeraerts T, Fourcade O, Genestal M, Silva S. Predicting preload responsiveness using simultaneous recordings of inferior and superior vena cava diameters. Critical Care 18(5):473, 2014
  7. Motuel J, Biette I, Srairi M, Mrozek S, Kurrek MM, Chaynes P, Cognard C, Fourcade O, Geeraerts T. Assessment of brain midline shift using sonography in neurosurgical ICU patients. Crit Care. 2014 Dec 9;18(6):676
  8. Morgan PJ, Tregunno D, Brydges R, Pittini R, Tarshis J, Kurrek M, DeSousa S, Ryzynski A. Using Situational Awareness Global Assessment Technique (SAGAT) for Interdisciplinary Obstetrical Team Training using High-Fidelity Simulation. J Interprof Care 2015; 29(1): 13-9
  9. Ducos G, Lejus C, Sztark F, Nathan N, Fourcade O, Tack I, Asehnoune K, Kurrek MM, Charlin B, Minville V. The Script Concordance Test in anesthesiology: Validation of a new tool for assessing clinical reasoning. Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med. 2015 Feb;34(1):11-5
  10. Matt Kurrek, Pamela Morgan, Steven Howard, Peter Kranke, Aaron Calhoun, Joshua Hui and Alex Kiss. Simulation as a tool to collect outcome measures and to establish benchmarks.  PLoS One. 2015 Jun 24;10(6):e0131064