Faculty Member Profile

Peter J. Zed

Executive Program Lead, Pharmacists in PCN Program
Office of the Associate Dean, Practice Innovation

Contact Information

Email Address peter.zed@ubc.ca
Office 3323/6627, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building


"Dr. Jessie I. Macknight Award for Excellence in Teaching." Zed P. College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University. 2012.

"School of Pharmacy Alumni Achievement Award." Zed P. Memorial University of Newfoundland. 2011.

"Department of Emergency Medicine Top Research Award." Zed P. Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University. 2011.

"Dr. Doug Sinclair Research Award." Zed P. Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University. 2010.

"Patient Care Enhancement Award." Zed P. Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. 2009.


"Adverse Drug-Related Events: Opportunities and Challenges for Pharmacists." Zed P. Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development Conference. Vancouver, BC. March 24, 2012.

"Innovative Practice: Emergency Medicine." Zed P. Pharmacy Awareness Week Seminar. Vancouver, BC. March 5, 2012.

"Pharmacists Making a Difference: Interventions in Community Practice for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease." Zed P. Dalhousie University Continuing Pharmacy Education, Cardiovascular Certification Program. Halifax, NS. November 26, 2011.

"Evidence-Based Medicine at the Bedside: Helping Our Patients with Drug Therapy Decision Making." Zed P. Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, NS Branch. Halifax, NS. November 8, 2011.

"Evidence-Based Medicine at the Bedside: Helping Our Patients with Drug Therapy Decision Making." Zed P. Canadian Cardiovascular Pharmacists Network (CCPN) 6th Annual Atlantic Canada Fall Symposium, Contemporary Therapeutic Issues in Cardiovascular Disease. Halifax, NS. October 1, 2011.


Dr. Peter J. Zed completed a bachelor of science in chemistry (Dalhousie University), bachelor of science in pharmacy (Memorial University of Newfoundland), hospital pharmacy residency with the Royal Columbian Hospital, and doctor of pharmacy (UBC). Following the completion of his PharmD degree in 1998, he accepted the position of pharmacotherapeutic specialist, Emergency Medicine, CSU Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver General Hospital. He also served the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences as a clinical assistant professor (1998–2004) and as clinical associate professor (2004–2006). In addition, he held an appointment as associate member (2002–2006), Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, UBC Faculty of Medicine. In 2006, he left BC to move to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was clinical coordinator, Department of Pharmacy, and pharmacotherapeutic specialist, Emergency Medicine (2006–2011), Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences, Capital Health and associate professor (2006–2011) with the College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Professions, and Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. He was also a clinical scientist (2010–11), Department of Emergency Medicine, IWK Health Centre. He is currently associate professor and associate dean, Practice Innovation, at UBC Pharm Sci.

Dr.Zed has maintained a high-level and innovative clinical practice in Emergency Medicine since 1998, and has established a practice in two tertiary-care academic emergency departments. Within this practice specialty he has sustained a productive research program for both clinical and practice-based research with a consistent record of extra-mural funding. He has also been actively involved in teaching undergraduate pharmacy students, pharmacy residents and PharmD students as well as many other health care professionals both within the classroom setting and at the bed side throughout his academic career at UBC and Dalhousie University. He has a number of research interests surrounding many pharmacotherapy areas in emergency medicine and pharmacy practice. His academic track record includes over 70 peer-reviewed publications and over 80 conference research abstracts. He has been the recipient of many awards for research, teaching and service.

Dr.Zed has developed areas of research interest around his clinical practice in emergency medicine and has focused on two primary areas which include pharmacotherapy best practice in emergency medicine and patient safety, particularly adverse drug events. Research involving pharmacotherapy best practice has been focused in a number of areas but includes: (i) pharmacotherapy considerations in rapid sequence intubation with particular interest in the induction agent etomidate: (ii) procedural sedation and analgesia; (iii) acute pain management; (iv) antimicrobial use in the emergency department; and (v) cardiovascular disease. Patient safety research has focused on better understanding the incidence, severity and preventability of adverse drug events that result in hospital admission and emergency department visits. In addition, patient, prescriber, drug and system factors have been explored to identify factors that may predispose patient to the development of an adverse drug event.