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David McQuade image 2021MBChB, FACEM, Dip Child Health, PG Cert Med Ed

Current roles

  • Clinical Practice Fellow, Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist

Research expertise

  • Early career researcher. Publications in toxicology, critical care and simulation-based education.


My role at Otago is primarily as an educator. I am the co-convenor for the Emergency & Acute Care module which is a 6 week rotation in ALM 6 (Trainee Intern Year). We provide our students a practical foundation for the assessment and management of acutely unwell and undifferentiated patients. We use workshops and practical skills sessions to supplement simulated scenarios that help final year medical students to increase their skills in the immediate management of acutely deteriorating patients.

I am also a supervisor for clinical research that is being undertaken by advanced trainees in emergency medicine. The topics of this research include the use of biomarkers in traumatic brain injury; investigation of team dynamics and leadership in teams managing medical emergencies.

Contact details

Department of Surgery & Anaesthesia
Te Tari Hāparapara, Te Tari Whāomoomo
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington South

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Rogan, A., Brunton-O'Sullivan, M., Holley, A., McQuade, D. d., & Larsen, P. (2021). Can serum biomarkers be used to rule out significant intracranial pathology in emergency department patients with mild traumatic brain injury? A systemic review & meta-analysis. Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.10.015

Rogan, A., Patel, V., Birdling, J., Lockett, J., Simmonds, H., McQuade, D., & Larsen, P. (2021). Acute traumatic brain injury and the use of head computed tomography scans in the emergency department. Trauma. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/14604086211023646

Rogan, A., Patel, V., Birdling, J., Lockett, J., Simmonds, H., McQuade, D., Quigley, P., & Larsen, P. (2021). Alcohol and acute traumatic brain injury in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.13726

Armstrong, P., Peckler, B., Pilkinton-Ching, J., McQuade, D., & Rogan, A. (2021). Effect of simulation training on nurse leadership in a shared leadership model for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the emergency department. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 33, 255-261. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.13605