Charl Els

Charl Els (MBChB, FCPsych, MMedPsych, DipABAM, ACBOM, FIAIME) is a fellowship-trained Psychiatrist, Addiction Specialist, and Occupational Physician. Charl serves as a Clinical Professor at both the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Medicine. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications, including several clinical practice guideline sets and four Cochrane systematic reviews. Charl serves on the Advisory Board of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), the 2019 recipient of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Most recently, he was a recipient of the QE II Platinum Jubilee Award for his contribution to mental health in Alberta. Dr. Els is employed full-time as Assistant Registrar (Continuing Competence) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Selected Publications

Gross, D. P., Rachor, G. S., Yamamoto, S. S., Dick, B. D., Brown, C., Senthilselvan, A., Straube, S., Els, C., Jackson, T., Brémault-Phillips, S., Voaklander, D., Stastny, J., & Berry, T. (2021). Characteristics and Prognostic Factors for Return to Work in Public Safety Personnel with Work-Related Posttraumatic Stress Injury Undergoing Rehabilitation. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Published Online March 9, 2021.

Els, C., Jackson, T. D., Milen, M. T., Kunyk, D., Wyatt, G., Sowah, D., Hagtvedt, R., Deibert, D., & Straube, S. (2020). Random drug and alcohol testing for preventing injury in workers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD012921. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD012921.pub2.

Els, C., Jackson, T., Aidoo, H., Wyatt, G., Sowah, D., Chao, D., Tsuyuki, R., Hoffman, H., Kunyk, D., Milen, M., Stewart-Patterson, C., Dick, B., Farnan, P., & Straube, S. (2019). Impact of Cannabis Use on Road Traffic Collisions and Safety at Work: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Addiction, 3, 8-15.

Norbert, W. P., Caplan, A., Shapiro, M. E, Els, C., Allison, K., & Li, H. (2017) Human rights violations in organ procurement practice in China. BioMed Central Ethics 18:11 DOI: 10.1186/s12910-017-0169-x

Allison, K. C., Caplan, A., Shapiro, M. E., Els, C., Paul, N. W., & Li, H. (2015) Historical development and current status of organ procurement from death-row prisoners in China. BMC Medical Ethics 16:85 DOI 10.1186/s12910-015-0074-0

Paul, N. W., Caplan, A., Shapiro, M. E., Els, C., Allison, K. C., Li, H. (2015) China’s semantic trick with prisoner organs. BMJ Blog URL

Li, H., Shapiro, M. E., Els, C., & Allison, K. C. (2015) Organ transplantation in China: Concerns remain. Lancet 385(9971), 855-856.