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Dr. Michael Verret, MD, PhD (Epid), FRCPC

Assistant Professor, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Université Laval

Dr. Verret received his MD from Université Laval in 2015. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology in the clinician-investigator program (accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons) at Université Laval. He went on to complete a doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of Ottawa’s Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (supported by a CIHR Vanier scholarship), where he acquired methodological expertise in advanced inferential and descriptive analyses, randomized clinical trial planning, the integrated knowledge translation approach (aimed at involving relevant partners and end-users in research), patient engagement and knowledge synthesis. He participates in the Cochrane Canada Francophone training curriculum.

Dr. Verret is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Université Laval, and a researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval in the Santé des Populations et Pratiques Optimales en Santé axis. He practices anesthesiology at CHU de Québec-Université Laval.

Research Themes

Dr. Verret leads the research program: Optimizing Patient-centred outcomes Using opioid minimization Strategies (OPUS). The main objective of his program is to describe, evaluate and guide perioperative clinical practices regarding the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological co-analgesic strategies. His program focuses on patient-centered clinical outcomes such as the quality of recovery, as well as pain and its functional impact, to help identify effective alternatives to opioids that could have a clinically important impact on surgery patients.

Dr. Verret relies on a collaborative approach, integrating several networks, interest groups, clinicians and patient partners in his five-axis program: 1) development of an integrated knowledge translation approach involving a multidisciplinary team and people with lived experience; 2) identification of promising alternative strategies to opioids in perioperative medicine; 3) description of practices and beliefs to anesthesiologists; 4) execution of multicentre RCTs to inform perioperative medical practices; and 5) knowledge translation based on evidence and important patient-centered outcomes (implementation science).


Publications in PubMed