Dr. Roy Purssell – ER Physician & Researcher, BC Hospital Emergency Physician

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Dr. Roy Purssell is an Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Purssell received his MD from the University of British Columbia and completed his Fellowship in Emergency Medicine at McGill University. He completed subspecialty training in toxicology and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He was Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Surgery from 1994 to 2008. He was President of the Canadian Association of Poison Control Centers from 2003 to 2009. He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.


Dr. Purssell is a previous chairman of the Emergency Medical Services Committee of Doctors of BC and he was a member of the National Board of MADD Canada from 2009 to 2015. His research interests are in the areas of impaired driving, drug overdose and poisoning.

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