Kathyrn Dong

kathyrn dong
Kathryn Dong, MD, MSc, FRCP, DRCSPC is an addiction medicine physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Edmonton, AB. She co-developed and was the medical lead for the Addiction Recovery and Community Health (ARCH) Team, an addiction medicine consult service that was first implemented at the RAH in 2014. Prior to this, she worked as an emergency physician at the RAH and Stollery Children’s hospital.

Kathryn is currently the Alberta Health Services Chair in Emergency Medicine Research and the Social Accountability Lead for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. In addition, she is the Chair of the Addiction Medicine Area of Focused Competence Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Her research and advocacy work is focused on improved acute care medical services for people who use substances.

Selected Publications

Dyson, M. P., Dong, K., Sevcik., W., Graham, S. Z., Saba, S., Harling, L., & Ali, S. (2022). Quantifying unused opioids following emergency and ambulatory care: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JACEP Open, 2022;3:e12822. https://doi.org/10.1002/emp2.12822

Xie, E. C., Chan, K., Khangura, J. K., Koh, J. J. K., Orkin, A., Sheikh, H., Hayman, K., Gupta, S., Kumar, T., Hulme, J., Mrochuk, M., & Dong, K. (2022, April 07). CAEP position statement on improving emergency care for persons experiencing homelessness: executive summary. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. DOI:10.1007/s43678-022-00303-2

Salvalaggio, G., Dong, K. A., Hyshka, E., McCabe, C., Nixon, L., Rosychuk, R. J., Dmitrienko, K., Krajnak, J., Mrklas, K., & Wild, T. C. (2022). Impact of an Addiction Medicine Consult Team Intervention in a Canadian Inner City Hospital on Acute Care Utilization: A Pragmatic Quasi-Experimental Study. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 17:20 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-022-00445-7

Weicker, S. A., Speed, K. A., Hyshka, E., Mrochuk, M., Kosteniuk, B., & Dong, K. (2021). Emergency department care for patients who use opioids during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43678-021-00229-1

Kosteniuk, B., Salvalaggio, G., McNeil, R., Brooks, H. L., Dong, K., Twan, S., Brouwer, J., & Hyshka, E. (2021, May 18). "You don’t have to squirrel away in a staircase”: Patient motivations for attending a novel supervised drug consumption service in acute care. International Journal of Drug Policy, May 18:103275.

Dong, K. A., Lavergne, K. J., Salvalaggio, G. S., Weber, S. M., Xue, C. J., Kestler, A., Kaczorowski, J., Orkin, A. M., Pugh, A., & Hyshka, E.  (2021). Emergency physician perspectives on initiating buprenorphine/naloxone in the emergency department: A qualitative study, JACEP Open 2021;2(2):e12409.

Lennox, R., Chan, K., Cook-Chaimowitz, Dong, K. (2021). Just the facts: high impact emergency department intervention following opioid overdose. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 23(3), 280-2.

Koh, J. J., Klaiman, M., Miles, I., Cook, J., Kumar, T., Sheikh, H., Dong, K., Orkin, A. M., Ali, S., & Shouldice, E. (2020). CAEP Position Statement: Emergency department management of people with opioid use disorder. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 22(6), 768-771.

Dong, K. A., Brouwer, J., & Johnston, C.  (2020, May 4). Supervised consumption services for acute care hospital patients. CMAJ, 192, E476-9. 

Fowler, M., Ali, S., Gouin, S., Drendel, A. L., Poonai, N., Yaskina, M., Sivakumar, M., Jun, E., & Dong K. (2020, March 16). Knowledge, attitudes and practices of Canadian pediatric emergency physicians regarding short-term opioid use: a descriptive, cross-sectional survey. CMAJ Open, 8(1), E148-E155.

Kinney, M., Smith, K. E., Dong, K. A., Babenko, O., Ross, S., Kelly, M. A., Salvalaggio, G. (2020). Development of the Inner City Attitudinal Assessment Tool (ICAAT) for Learners Across Health Care Professions.  BMC Health Services Research, 20, 174.

Koh, J., Paterson, Q. S., Ong, M., Martin, L. J., Woods, R. A., & Dong, K. (2019). Addressing the opioid crisis in the era of competency-based medical education: recommendations for emergency department interventions. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 21(4), 452-454.

Guidance Documents

Dong, K., Meador, K., Hyshka, E., Salokangas, E., Burton-MacLeod, S., Bablitz, C., Lail, P., Colizza, K., Etches, N., Cardinal, C., Twan, S., Gilani, F., Brooks, H. L, & Wild, T. C. (2021, January 29). Supporting people who use substances in acute care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic - Interim Guidance Document Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse. 62p. Version 2.

Hyshka, E., Dong, K., Meador, K., Speed, K., Abele, B., LeBlanc, S., McFarlane, A., McNeil, R., Salokangas, E., Schoen, E., & Wild, T. C. (2020, May 17). Supporting people who use substances in shelter settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse. 82p. Version 1.

“Guidance Document on the Management of Substance Use in Acute Care Settings in Alberta”. Published January 2020, Alberta. Available at https://crismprairies.ca/management-of-substance-use-in-acute-care-settings-in-alberta-guidance-document/