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Homer Tien, MD, M.Sc., FACS, FRCSC

Associate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room H1 71
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-6100, ext. 5850
Fax: 416-480-5851

Administrative Assistant:Antonella Iannaccio-Pesce
Phone: 416-480-5850


  • B.A., 1989, biochemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • MD, 1992, McMaster University, Canada
  • MSc, 2007, clinical epidemiology, University of Toronto, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

Research Foci:

  • Health services
  • Combat trauma care and war surgery
  • Coagulopathy and bleeding
  • Time-to-treatment and outcomes

Research Summary:

The focus of Dr. Tien's clinical and research work has been on improving care delivered to injured soldiers on the battlefield. He leads the Canadian Forces research and clinical groups in trauma research. His group is conducting research in treating trauma-associated coagulopathy. As well, his group is trying to improve how trauma care can be better delivered to frontline soldiers who are injured in combat. He collaborates with military trauma researchers from around the world.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Pannell D, Brisebois R, Talbot M, Trottier V, Clement J, Garraway N, McAlister V, Tien HC. Causes of death in Canadian Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and implications on tactical combat casualty care provision. J Trauma. 2011 Nov;71(5 Suppl 1):S401–7.
  2. Tien HC, Jung V, Pinto R, Mainprize T, Scales DC, Rizoli SB. Reducing time-to-treatment decreases mortality of trauma patients with acute subdural hematoma. Ann Surg. 2011 Jun;253(6):1178–83.
  3. Tien HC, Farrell R, Macdonald J. Preparing Canadian military surgeons for Afghanistan. CMAJ. 2006;175(11):1365–66. Tien HC, Jung V, Rizoli SB, Acharya SV, Macdonald JC. An evaluation of tactical combat casualty care interventions in a combat environment. J Am Coli Surg. 2008;207(2):174–78.
  4. Tien HC, Acharya SV, Redelmeier DA. Preventing deaths in the Canadian military. Am J Prev Med. 2010;38(3):331–9.

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