Dr. Ari Joffe

Ari Joffe is a physician with specialties in Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He obtained his MD at the University of Alberta, completed his FRCPC in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Calgary, and his accreditation in Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Toronto. He has been practicing Pediatric Critical Care Medicine since 1995, and is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta.

Ari has published widely in the medical literature on topics including long-term outcomes after the use of complex therapies in the pediatric intensive care unit, treatments for critically ill children, severe infections in critically ill children, and medical ethics. He has been the site investigator in many multicenter randomized trials in critically ill children. He has also presented on these topics at national and international medical conferences.

Ari has never been involved in politics, and has no pre-determined stance on any political issue. His practice has been to follow the evidence to wherever the argument leads. This has made him concerned about the current approach to managing the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and led him to consider alternative approaches that can have a better cost-benefit balance.

His peer-reviewed publications regarding the pandemic can be found at:

“COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink” available here.

“Rethinking lockdowns: The risks and trade-offs of public health measures to prevent COVID-19 infections” is available here.

Some of his published news articles can be found at:

The Edmonton Journal. A response to a critique of the above opinion article is available here.

The Toronto Sun.