Jeff Brubacher

Dr. Jeffrey Brubacher

Dr. Jeff Brubacher practices as an emergency physician at Vancouver General Hospital and as a clinical toxicologist at the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre. He is associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia and director of the Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Medicine Research Division. He also chairs the BC Road Safety Research and Data Committee.

Brubacher’s research focuses on road safety with a special interest in road safety policy, road trauma outcome, and drug impaired driving. He is principal investigator on a prospective observational study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), investigating the role of cannabis in causing motor vehicle crashes. That study has measured blood drug levels in injured drivers since 2011 and is funded through March 2022. This study will provide better estimates of the risk of crashing after using cannabis, and will study the effects of cannabis legalization on road safety.

Brubacher is also principal investigator on a CIHR-funded evaluation of BC’s speed limit changes and on a four-year study (also funded by CIHR) that will investigate the association of prescription medications with car crashes. Brubacher’s team is planning a multi-centre prospective study of outcome following road trauma. Brubacher is also member of a team investigating outcome following traumatic brain injury.


University: University of British Columbia
Faculty: Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine
Position: Associate Professor
Research Location: Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Recent Publications

Brubacher J, Desapriya E, Chan H, et al. Reprint of “Media reporting of traffic legislation changes in British Columbia (2010)”. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2016;97:335-341. (Special issue on road safety communication campaigns: Theoretical foundations and empirical case studies guest edited by Dr. Thomas Friemel and Dr. Heinz Bonfadelli.)

Brubacher JR, Chan H, Martz W, et al. The prevalence of alcohol and drug use in injured British Columbia drivers. BMJ Open. 2016;6:e009278.

Brubacher JR, Chan H, Erdelyi S, et al. The association between regional environmental factors and road trauma rates: A geospatial analysis of 10 years of road traffic crashes in British Columbia, Canada. PLOS ONE 2016:11:e153742.

Brubacher J, Desapriya E, Erdelyi S, Chan H. The impact of child safety restraint legislation on child injuries in police-reported crashes in British Columbia: An interrupted time series analysis. Paediatrics & Child Health. 2016;21:e27-31. (This paper was the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Noni MacDonald Award.)

Brubacher J, Chan H, Brasher P, et al. Reduction in fatalities, ambulance calls and hospital admissions for road trauma following new traffic laws. American Journal of Public Health. 2014;104:e89-97.

For other publications by Dr. Brubacher, please see PubMed.