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Dr. William Geerts

Biographical Sketch
University Appointments
Hospital Appointments
Current Activities
Research Interests
Current Grant Support
Selected Publications
Chapters and Monographs

Biographical Sketch

EDUCATION:
1975 B. Sc. (Hons) McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada Biology
Summa Cum Laude
1977 B. Med. Sci. Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1979 M. D. Memorial University of Newfoundland

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING:
1979-80 Straight Intern, Medicine Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto
1980-81 R-2, Internal Medicine Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto
1981-82 R-3, Internal Medicine Wellesley Hospital, Toronto
1982-83 R-4, Respiratory Medicine Toronto General Hospital, Toronto
1983-84 R-5, Respiratory Medicine University of Toronto Hospitals

RESEARCH TRAINING:
1984-86 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Fellowship, Dept. of Medicine (Thromboembolism Program), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
(with Drs. Jack Hirsh and Russell Hull)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Royal College of Physicians (Canada):
Internal Medicine Fellowship (FRCPC) 08/06/83
Respiratory Medicine Certification (FRCPC) 29/11/84

LICENSURE:
Ontario General Licence since 01/06/85

HONOURS AND AWARDS:
Governor's Scholarship - McMaster University 1971
Dean's Honor List - 1974, 1975, 1976
Advanced Standing Entrance to Medical School - 1976
Medical Practice Associates Award - Memorial University - 1979
Recipient, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Fellowship 1984-85; renewed 1985-86
Recipient, Health Research Personnel Development Program Fellowship, Ontario Ministry of Health, 1984 (declined in accordance with the regulations of Heart and Stroke Foundation Fellowship)
Recipient, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Dean's Research Fund Award - 1987
Young Clinician-Teacher Award, Dept. of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre - 1992
Research Award, Dept. of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre - 1998
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Speaker at the Trauma Association of Canada Annual Meeting, April 2002
Chair, Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism section, American College of Chest Physicians Consensus Group on Antithrombotic Therapy, 1999-PRES
Continuing Education Award, Peters-Boyd Academy, 2004

University Appointments

Associate professor, Department of Medicine
Associate professor, Dept. of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto

Hospital Appointments

Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Thromboembolism, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto

Current Local, Provincial, National and International Activities

American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Physicians
Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations
Clinical Teachers Association of Toronto
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada
Sunnybrook Dept of Medicine, Research Committee (Chair)
Sunnybrook Dept of Medicine, Executive/Leadership Committee
Sunnybrook Heparin-induced Thrombocytopenia Committee (Chair)
Computerized Physician Order Entry Committee
Sunnybrook Knowledge Translation Unit Development Committee

Research Interests

Venous thromboembolism - epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment
Thromboprophylaxis
Thromboembolism in trauma
Clinical trials
Knowledge translation and guidelines implementation
Continuing medical education

Current Grant Support

Diagnostic Strategy for Patients with Suspected Recurrent DVT
Principal Investigator: Dr. S. Bates, McMaster University
WG steering committee member
Source of Funding: CIHR
Duration: 2001-2005

Warfarin and Antiplatelet Vascular Evaluation (WAVE)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sonia Anand, McMaster University
Source of funding: CIHR & Heart & Stroke Foundation
Duration: 2001-2005

PRODIGE (Low Molecular Weight Heparin in Brain Tumor Patients)
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Perry (WG co-PI and steering committee)
Source of Funding: Pharmacia
Duration: 2001-2005

SOX (RCT of Compression Stockings + COX-2 Inhibitors for DVT)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan Kahn, McGill University
Source of Funding: CIHR
Duration: 2004-2006

Van Gogh (Use of Idraparinux for Long term Treatment of VTE)
Principal Investigator: Dr. H. Buller, Amsterdam
Source of Funding: Sanofi-Synthelabo
Duration: 2004-2005

IMPROVE (International Audit of Thromboprophylaxis in Medical Patients)
Principal Investigator: Dr. F. Anderson, U. Massachusetts
Source of Funding: Aventis Pharma
Duration: 2004-2007

Selected Recent Publications

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Crowther MA, Cook DJ, Griffith LE, Meade M, Hanna S, Rabbat C, Bates SM, Geerts W, Johnston M, Guyatt G. Neither baseline tests of molecular hypercoagulability nor D-dimer levels predict deep venous thrombosis in critically ill medical-surgical patients. Int Care Med [accepted for publication]

Grand'Maison A, Charest AF, Geerts WH. Anticoagulant use in patients with chronic renal impairment. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs 2004 [accepted for publication]

Ray JG, Mamdani MM, Geerts WH. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease in association with giant cell arteritis. Heart 2004 [accepted for publication]

Kahn SR, Kearon C, Julian JA, MacKinnon B, Kovacs MJ, Wells P, Crowther MA, Anderson DR, van Nguyen P, Demers C, Solymoss S, Kassis J, Geerts W, Rodger M, Hambleton J, Ginsberg JS, for the Extended Low-Intensity Anticoagulation for Thrombo-Embolism (ELATE) Investigators. Predictors of the post thrombotic syndrome during long-term treatment of proximal deep venous thrombosis. J Thromb Haemost [accepted for publication]

Cook D, Crowther M, Meade M, Rabbat C, Griffith LE, Schiff D, Geerts W, Guyatt G. Deep venous thrombosis in medical-surgical critically ill patients: prevalence, incidence and risk factors. [submitted for review]

Panju A, Kahn SR, Geerts W, Pineo GF, Desjardins L, Turpie AGG, Glezer S, Sebalt R, for the CURVE Investigators. Use of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in acutely ill medical patients. [submitted for review]

Chapters and Monographs

Geerts WH. Pulmonary Embolism. In: Rakel RE, ed. Conn's Current Therapy. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1992:179-184

Geerts WH, Jay RM. Oral anticoagulants in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. In: Poller L, Hirsh J, eds. Oral Anticoagulants. London: Arnold, 1996:97-122

Geerts WH. Pulmonary Embolism. In: Rakel RE, ed. Conn's Current Therapy. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1998:222-227

Geerts WH, Monreal M. Prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism in traumatology. In. Sarret M, Kher A, Toulemonde F, eds. Low Molecular Weight Heparin Therapy. An Evaluation of Clinical Trials Evidence. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1999:195-217

Jay RM, Geerts WH. Low-molecular-weight heparins in prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. In. Sasahara AA, Loscalzo J, eds. New Therapeutic Agents in Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, 2nd Ed. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2002:127-153

Geerts WH, Jay RM. Pelvic Trauma and Venous Thromboembolism. In: Tile M, Helfet DL, Kellam JF, eds. Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003:80-97

Geerts WH, Selby R. Investigation of Suspected Deep Vein Thrombosis. In. Dalen, JE, ed. Venous Thromboembolism. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2003:93-119