College of Medicine


Dr. James Stempien completed his medical school University of Toronto in 1984.  His first job was as a GP anaesthetist in Inuvik in 1986 and then spent the next ten years working in northern Canada and isolated areas internationally.  Dr. Stempien has been working in Saskatoon as the head of Emergency Medicine since 2007 and has been the Interim Provincial Head since 2016. He lives on an acreage just east of the city with his wife, 3 children, 20 chickens, and 4 hives of bees.

Dr. Stempien is interested in quality improvement and patient centered research.  As Provincial Head, he is looking towards a provincial approach for quality care and system improvement.


  • Master of Arts in Health Care Leadership – MA (Leadership) 
    • Royal Roads University – 2022
  • Canadian Certificate of Canadian Executives – CCPE
    • Canadian Society of Physician Executives - 2012
  • Fellow College of Family Physicians of Canada - FCFP 
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada – 2008
  • Canadian College of Family Physicians – Emergency Medicine CCFP-EM
    • Certification, 1998
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada - CCFP
    • Certification, 1997
  • Anaesthesia Residency Program, Year 1
    • Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns, Newfoundland, 1985 - 1986
  • Rotating Internship
    • St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto, ON, 1984 - 1985
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    • University of Toronto Medical School, Toronto, ON, 1984
  • Bachelor of Science
    • University of Western Ontario, London, ON, 1980

Selected Publications

  • Benjamin P, Bryce R, Oyedokun T, Stempien J. Strength in the gap: A rapid review of principles and practices for urgent care centres. Healthcare Management Forum. 2022;0(0). doi:10.1177/08404704221143300
  • Carey, B., Dell, C. A., Stempien, J., Tupper, S., Rohr, B., Carr, E., ... & Meier, S. (2022). Outcomes of a controlled trial with visiting therapy dog teams on pain in adults in an emergency department. Plos one17(3), e0262599.
  • Tastad, K., Koh, J., Goodridge, D., Stempien, J., Oyedokun, T., (2021) Unidentified patients in the emergency department: A historical cohort study. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. Accepted for publication
  • Tolmie, A., Erker, R., Sullivan E., Graham, T., Oyedokun, T., Stempien, J., (2020) Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking Among Adult Emergency Department Patients in Canada. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2020.9.47731
  • Reddekopp, J., Dell, C., Rohr, B., Fornssler, B., Gibson, M., Carey, B., Stempien, J., (2020) Patient Opinion of Visiting Therapy Dogs in an Hospital Emergency Department. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. April 24, 2020
  • Nataraj, J., Stempien, J., Netherton, S., Wahba, M., Oyedokun, T., (2019) Emergency Department referrals from a provincial medical call centre: Is it more than just 1-800-go-to-emerg? Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. DOI 10.1017/cem2019.420
  • Trivedi, S, A Dick, A, Beckett, S, Hartmann, R, Roberts, C, Lyster, K, Stempien, J. An Assessment of Handover Culture and Preferred Information in the Transitions of Care of Elderly Patients. Cureus. 2019: 11(7): e5267.
  • Oyedokun, T., Donauer, A., Stempien, J., McKay, S., (2018). Self-documentary in the emergency department: Perspectives on patients recording their own procedures. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 21(3):1-7
  • Dell C, Stempien J, et al,. A case study of the patient wait experience in an Emergency department with therapy dogs. Journal of Patient Experience. April 2019,
  • Goodridge D, Martyniuk S, Stempien J, At Risk for Emotional Harm in the Emergency Department: Older Adults Patients’ and Caregivers’ Experiences, Strategies, and Recommendations, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Sept 20, 2018.
  • Goodridge D, Stempien J, Understanding Why Older Adults Choose to Seek Non-Urgent Care in the Emergency Department: The Patient’s Perspective, CJEM, 2018
  • Trivedi S, Littmann J, Kapur P, Betz M, Stempien J, Assessing the Ability for Emergency Department Patients to Self-Triage by Using an Electronic Questionnaire: A Pilot Study. CJEM 2017; 19: Supplement 1: s30.
  • Stempien J, Batta R, Saskbrink-Harkema A, Oyedokun T, Carey R, Lim H, Equality of Care between First Nations and non-First Nations patients in Saskatoon emergency Departments, CJEM, 2019 Jan;21(1):111-119
  • Betz M, Stempien J, Trivedi S, Bryce R., A Determination of emergency department Pre-Triage Wait Times in patients not arriving by ambulance compared to widely used guideline recommendations. CJEM; 2017 19(4):265-270. Doi:10.1017/cem.2016.398
  • Sinclair, D., Worthington, J., Joubert, G., Holroyd, B., Stempien, J., Letovsky, E., Christenson, J. (2016). CAEP 2015 Academic Symposium: Leadership within the emergency medicine academic community and beyond. CJEM, 18(S1), S1-S9. Doi:10.1017/cem.2016.9
  • Plint AC, Stang A, Calder LA, Stempien J (panel member). Establishing research priorities for patient safety in emergency medicine: a multi-disciplinary consensus panel. International Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015;23:8(1).
  • Sinclair D, Worthington JR, Joubert G, Holroyd B, Stempien J, Letovsky E, Rutledge T, LeBlanc C, et al, CAEP            2015 Academic Symposium: Leadership within the emergency medicine academic community and beyond, CJEM 2016 May; 18 Supp 1:S1 -9
  • Betz M, Stempien J, Wilde A, Bryce R, A Comparison of a formal scoring system and a quick-look triage approach: European Journal of Emergency Medicine 2016, 23(3), 185-189
  • Leswick D, Mohr K, Stempien J. (2014) Radiological errors in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine - accepted by CJEM, 2014 Sep, 16(5):361-9