After a brief stint as a filmmaker and an aspiring successor to Ingmar Bergman, François Truffaut, and Michelangelo Antonioni, Dr. Marshall obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1977, and changed the medium of his editing passion from celluloid to flesh. He completed a fellowship in General Surgery at Dalhousie University, Halifax, in 1984, and undertook a research fellowship at McGill University under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Meakins. Following 3 years of a critical care surgery practice in Halifax, culminating in the receipt of the Royal College Medal for Surgery in 1989, he moved to Toronto in 1990. He spent 15 years at the Toronto General Hospital as a critical care surgeon and intensivists before moving to St. Michael’s Hospital in 2005, where, in addition to the above, he reawakened a long-standing interest in trauma.
Dr. Marshall is currently a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He runs a CIHR-funded laboratory at St. Michael’s Hospital, focused on the mechanisms of prolonged neutrophil survival in sepsis. In addition, he serves as chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group – the oldest and most productive investigator-led critical care clinical trials group in the world. He is a past-president of the Surgical Infection Society, and past-chair of the International Sepsis Forum. Dr. Marshall has published more than 210 papers and 75 chapters, and given more than 600 invited lectures around the world.