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Terry Klassen, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Director of TREKK and Principle Investigator


CEO and Scientific Director, the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba


Head of Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba


Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority


Scientific Director, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba


Dr. Klassen graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba in 1982 and completed his Pediatric Residency training at the University of Manitoba in 1986.  He completed M.Sc. in Epidemiology at McMaster University in 1994.


Dr. Klassen has served as CEO and Scientific Director for the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) and Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and Director of the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation since returning to Manitoba in September, 2010.  Since the commencement of his new role as Head of the Department of Pediatrics, he has stepped down from the Associate Dean, Academic position but continues to serve both CHRIM and CHI roles.


From 1999 to 2009 Dr. Klassen was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta; Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and Director of the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta. He is a clinician scientist focused on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and has been active in Pediatric Emergency Research Canada collaborating on a national research program involving randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and knowledge translation. He has a consistent record of national and international peer reviewed funding, along with a publication record that has included many articles in the highest impact medical journals.


In 2009, Dr. Klassen co-founded StaR Child Health, an international group aimed at improving the design, conduct and publication of randomized controlled trials in children. In recognition for his lifetime contributions, he was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Klassen’s research has had a large impact on the practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which was recognized when he received a 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. In 2011 he was also awarded the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) grant, entitled TRanslating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK). In 2012 Dr. Klassen was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 

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