Faculty Focus - Nicolas Phan

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Nicolas Phan, MD

Dr. Phan completed his medical degree at McGill University in 1996. He then joined the Neurosurgery residency training program at the University of Toronto. He did a 2-year clinical fellowship in Neurotrauma at the University of California, San Francisco from 2008-2010 and had a faculty appointment with the Department of Neurological Surgery. He recently joined the faculty at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC). His current work is focused on the development of medical and surgical protocols for the treatment of severe traumatic brain injury at SHSC. He also plans to introduce multimodal neuromonitoring in the intensive care unit. His research focuses on the control mechanisms of cerebral blood flow autoregulation and surgical treatments in severe TBI. His long-term vision is to develop a comprehensive program for TBI treatment and research at SHSC. The program is now in its early phase, which consists of bridging the efforts of the Division of Neurosurgery and the Department of Critical Care to form a new Neurocritical Care Service, introduced in April 2011. The primary goal of this Neurocritical Care Service is to standardize treatment using guideline-based protocols in order to improve outcomes in severe TBI and allow participation in multi-center clinical trials.

Selected Publications

  • Rosenthal G, Sanchez-Mejia RO, Phan N, Hemphill JC 3rd, Manley GT. Incorporating a parenchymal thermal diffusion cerebral blood flow probe in bedside assessment of cerebral autoregulation and vasoreactivity in patients with severe traumatic brain injury. J Neurosurg. 2011 Jan;114(1):62-70.
  • Chun CA, Manley GT, Stiver SI, Aiken AH, Phan N, Wang V, Meeker M, Cheng S-C, Gean AD, Wintermark M. Interobserver variability in the assessment of CT features of Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2010 Feb;27(2):325-30.
  • Phan N, Oh M, Manley G. Cervical Spine Injuries. In: Head and Neck Trauma. Goldberg, Lee and Murr, eds. Informa Healthcare, New York. In press.


Recent Research Funding

  • 2011 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Strategic Priorities Funding
    $410,000