Currently a research associate at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Allan specializes in arrhythmia research with a focus on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). She is the Project Manager and co-investigator for the Canadian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network (C-SCAN), a National registry of SCAs, funded by the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) as part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).
Dr. Allan recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University focusing on decision aid methodology, patient oriented outcomes, meta-analyses, and health-related quality of life. She was funded by the E.B. Eastburn scholarship and won numerous awards during her tenure.
She is a member of numerous committees, including the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Trainee Organizing Committee, chair of the CANet Training and Education Committee and member of the CANet Research Management Committee. She has published 19 articles and presented at both National and International Meetings. She regularly reviews manuscripts for the CJC, Circulation, JACC and is an abstract reviewer for the AHA.
With an extensive background with both in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and resuscitation, Dr. Allan completed a PhD (2015) at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in collaboration with the Electrophysiology Research Department at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Allan’s thesis assessed the incidence, etiology and familial risk for sudden cardiac arrest in young individuals (ages 2-45) and their family members within the Greater Toronto Area. As part of her in-hospital cardiac arrest research, she used simulation as an educational tool. With an interest in using different training modalities to achieve best practice for BLS and ACLS, Dr. Allan helped develop an innovative BLS training program for healthcare providers and evaluated the effect of mock arrests carried out on the wards to optimize the quality and timing of response to in-hospital emergencies.