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Paul Heffernan MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCCP
  Paul Heffernan
Critical Care Medicine Program Director
Assistant Professor
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Faculty Biography

Dr. Paul Heffernan completed his medical training and internal medicine residency at Memorial University, Newfoundland. This was followed by fellowships in Respirology and Critical Care Medicine at Queen’s University, Ontario.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s.  His clinical activities are split between Respirology and Critical Care Medicine.

He received his Master’s of Clinical epidemiology from Memorial University, Newfoundland. Dr. Heffernan’s academic interests include research in the epidemiology of asthma and socioeconomic predictors of health. He also has a keen interest in medical education.

Dr. Heffernan’s clinical interests include lung cancer, challenging mechanical ventilation, pleural space diseases, and general respirology. He has also been selected to participate in the implementation of a new program in endobronchial ultrasound at Kingston General Hospital.


Socioeconomic status, asthma, and emergency department use in Ontario, Canada Master’s Dissertation,  Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011

Socioeconomic deprivation, asthma, and emergency department use in Ontario, Canada: A Poisson regression analysis. Paul M. Heffernan, Andrew Day, Miao Wang, Miu Lam, Diane Lougheed. Chest 2011 140:4 227A

Socioeconomic Status and Asthma in Ontario: An Analysis of Regional Variation in Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations. Paul M Heffernan, Andrew Day, Mui Lam, M Diane Lougheed, Canadian Respiratory Journal, Volume 17, Supplement B, page 14B, 2010

Current Research Projects

2017 - Current:  Site Investigator: Critical Care Outcomes of Patients with Hematologic Malignancy and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

2017 - Current:  Site Investigator: Measuring development of competency with the Ontario Bronchoscopy Assessment Tool

2017 - Current:  Principal Investigator: Decreasing time and resources required to perform inpatient pleural space procedures: Improving value through introduction of a pleural space procedure cart

2015 - Current:  Implementation of an Endobronchial Ultrasound Program, Quality Improvement Project, Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital

2001 - Current:  Socioeconomic deprivation, asthma, and emergency department use in Ontario, Canada: A Poisson regression analysis, Queen's University