Department of Critical Care Medicine
School of Medicine Queen's University

Daren Heyland, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Director, Clinical Evaluation Research Unit, Kingston General Hospital


Faculty Biography

Dr. Daren Heyland is a critical care doctor at Kingston General Hospital and a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario Canada.  He is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology.  He currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at the Kingston General Hospital which functions as a methods center for multicenter clinical research (See  In addition, he maintains 3 independent research programs. He is the principal investigator on a number of large scale, multicenter clinical nutrition research projects, the lead author of the Canadian Critical Care Nutrition clinical practice guidelines, and the sponsor of the International nutritional survey which audits nutrition practices worldwide every year. 

For over a decade, he chaired the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET, which had a focus on developing and evaluating strategies to improve communication and decision-making at the end of life. Currently, he is the principal investigator on 2 CIHR funded studies looking at patient and family perspectives in advance care planning (the ACCEPT Study) and health care provider perspectives on the same topic in acute care settings (The DECIDE Study). Overall, Dr. Heyland has published approximately 310 peer-reviewed papers, raised more than $55 million in external grant support including more than $54 million from CIHR, and given > 316 international presentations.

He has a number of personal research websites:

Dr. Heyland may be contacted at