Brooks, Steven

Dr. Steven Brooks



Associate Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario)

Emergency Physician, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (Kingston, Ontario)



Research Interests

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Bystander Response
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Integrating Technology into Bystander Response to Improve Outcomes


Dr. Brooks is an Associate Professor in emergency medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  He has recently returned from a Visiting Professor post at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he was exploring community first responder models implemented in the UK to reduce delay to CPR and AED use for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  He conducts research in the areas of cardiac arrest and resuscitation with a specific focus around innovative technology solutions.  Funded research projects underway include a randomized clinical trial to measure the impact of a mobile device application designed to crowdsource basic life support for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims (CIHR) and an observational study to explore the use of point-of-care carotid ultrasound to risk-stratify patients presenting to the emergency department with suspected cardiac ischemia.

Dr. Brooks is the Chair of the Science Subcommittee of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Committee.  He also represents the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada as a delegate to the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation where he serves as a member of the Basic Life Support Task Force.  Dr. Brooks has participated in the creation of international cardiac arrest guidelines for over a decade and continues to play a leadership role in synthesizing evidence to practice.