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CEO and Scientific Director, CHEO Research Institute
Vice President, Research, CHEO
Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute
Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, CHEO
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Board Member, Research Canada
613-737-7600 Ext. 2686
Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
The goal of Dr. Osmond’s research is to develop and test a clinical decision rule to help physicians decide which children who present to the emergency department with head injury require a CT scan of the head. The aim is to improve efficiency of CT scan use in order to limit cost and radiation exposure in children with minor head injury. The research group is also interested in determining which children with concussion presenting to the emergency department are at highest risk for post-concussion syndrome. The information can then be used to test strategies to help reduce the debilitating symptoms of post-concussion syndrome in children and youth.
Research Team:
Dr. Martin Osmond is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO RI) and Vice-President of Research at CHEO. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the CHEO RI. His clinical work is as a pediatric emergency physician at CHEO.

Dr. Osmond graduated from McGill University medical school in 1986. He completed a Family Medicine Residency in 1988 and a Pediatric Residency in 1992 at the University of Ottawa. In 1994, he completed a Pediatric Emergency Fellowship at CHEO.

His area of research interest is the evaluation and management of pediatric head injury including the development of decision rules for CT imaging in minor head injury and the prediction of those who will suffer severe post-concussion syndrome.

Dr. Osmond has published 81 peer-reviewed publications, given more than 100 national and international presentations, and received over $7.5 million in grant support from several funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr Osmond helped found and lead a research network of pediatric emergency physicians across Canada called PERC (Pediatric Emergency Research of Canada). In 2007 he founded the Clinical Research Unit of the CHEO RI which provides comprehensive research advice and consultation on research design and methods to pediatric child health investigators. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Research Canada and is the Co-Director of the CIHR-funded Ontario Child Health SPOR Support Unit.


Dr. Martin Osmond, on behalf of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Head Injury Study Group, have been named recipients of the 2010 Bruce Squires Award from Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Sample Publications:
Osmond MH, Klassen TP, Wells GA, Davidson J, Correll R, Boutis K, Joubert G, Gouin S, Khangura S, Turner T, Belanger F, Silver N, Taylor B, Curran J, Stiell IG; for the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Head Injury Study Group. Validation and refinement of a clinical decision rule for the use of computed tomography in children with minor head injury in the emergency department. CMAJ 2018 (in Press)

Bialy L, Plint A, Zemek R, Johnson D, Klassen T, Osmond M, Freedman S on behalf of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC). Pediatric Emergency Research Canada: Origins and Evolution. Pediatr Emerg Care 2018 Feb;34(2):138-144.

Andrews J, Vaillancourt C, Jensen J, Kasaboski A, Charette M, Clement CM, Brehaut JC, Osmond MH, Wells GA, Stiell IG, Grimshaw J. Factors influencing the intentions of nurses and respiratory therapists to use automated external defibrillators during in-hospital cardiac arrest: a qualitative interview study. CJEM 2018 Jan;20(1):68-79.

Maas AIR, Menon DK, Adelson PD, Andelic N, Bell MJ, Belli A et al, for the InTBIR Participants and Investigators. Traumatic brain injury: integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research. Lancet Neurol 2017;16:987–1048.

Osmond MH. Head injury decision rules in children. Lancet 2017;390:1487.

Grool AM, Agilpay M, Momoli F, Meehan WP, Freedman SB, Yeates KO, Gravel J, Gagnon I, Boutis K, Meeuwisse W, Barrowman N, Ledoux AA, Osmond MH, Zemek R on behalf of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Concussion Team. Association Between Early Participation in Physical Activity Following Acute Concussion and Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms in Children and Adolescents. JAMA 2016 Dec 20;316(23):2504-2514.

Novak Z, Aglipay M, Barrowman N, Yeates K, Beauchamp MH, Gravel J, Freedman SB, Gagnon I, Gioia G, Boutis K, Burns E, Ledoux AA, Osmond MH, Zemek R. Association of Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms With Pediatric Quality of Life. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Dec 5;170(12):e162900.

Zemek R, Barrowman N, Freedman SB, Gravel J, Gagnon I, McGahern C, Aglipay M, Sangha G, Boutis K, Beer D, Craig W, Burns E, Farion KJ, Mikrogianakis A, Barlow K, Dubrovsky AS, Meeuwisse W, Gioia G, Meehan WP 3rd, Beauchamp MH, Kamil Y, Grool AM, Hoshizaki B, Anderson P, Brooks BL, Yeates KO, Vassilyadi M, Klassen T, Keightley M, Richer L, DeMatteo C, Osmond MH; Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Concussion Team. Clinical Risk Score for Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms Among Children With Acute Concussion in the ED. JAMA 2016 Mar 8;315(10):1014-25.

Burns EC, Grool AM, Klassen TP, Correll R, Jarvis A, Joubert G, Bailey B, Chauvin-Kimoff L, Pusic M, McConnell D, Nijssen-Jordan C, Silver N, Taylor B, Osmond MH; Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Head Injury Study Group. Scalp hematoma characteristics associated with intracranial injury in pediatric minor head injury. Acad Emerg Med 2016 Mar 7. doi: 10.1111/acem.12957.

Tijssen JA, Prince DK, Morrison LJ, Atkins DL, Austin MA, Berg R, Brown SP, Christenson J, Egan D, Fedor PJ, Fink, Meckler GD, Osmond MH, Sims KA, Hutchison JS, on behalf of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. Time on the scene and interventions are associated with improved survival in pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 2015;94:1-7.

Beauchamp MH, Brooks BL, Barrowman N, Aglipay M, Keightley M, Anderson P, Yeates KO, Osmond MH, Zemek R. Empirical derivation of a clinical case definition rule for neuropsychological impairment in children and adolescents. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2015 Sep;21(8):596-609.

Daymont CB, Klassen T, Osmond MH. Accuracy of physician-estimated probability of brain injury in children with minor head trauma. CJEM 2015;17(4):387-94.

Zemek R, Duval S, Dematteo C, Solomon B, Keightley M, Osmond M, et al. Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion, First edition, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation; June 2014

Dixon A, Clarkin C, Barrowman N, Correll R, Osmond MH, Plint AC. Reduction of radial-head subluxation in children by triage nurses in the emergency department: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. CMAJ 2014;186(9);E317-E323.

Ramphal R, Bains T, Vaillancourt R, Osmond MH, Barrowman N. Occupational exposure to cyclophosphamide in nurses at a single center. J Occup Enviro Med 2014;56(3):304-312.

Vaillancourt C, Charette M, Kasaboski A, Brehaut JC, Osmond M, Wells GA Stiell IG, Grimshaw J. Barriers and facilitators to CPR knowledge transfer in an older population most likely to witness cardiac arrest: a theory-informed interview approach. Emerg Med J 2014; 31(9):700-705.
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