CEO and Scientific Director MICH; Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba and Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Dr. Klassen became the CEO and Scientific Director for the Manitoba Institute of Child Health and Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, in charge of the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation in September, 2010.
From 1999 to 2009 Dr. Klassen served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. During the same period Dr. Klassen was the 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 whose clinical base is 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.