Board Certification and Academic Information
||Surgery - Adjunct Assistant Professor
||American Board of Emergency Medicine (Emergency Medicine)
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||School of Medicine
Div. of Emergency Med
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Nicholas Kanaan joined University of Utah for a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine and EMS. He spent the first few years of his life in the mountains of Lebanon before moving to Visalia, CA. He attended Stanford University majoring in Human Biology, then (after a year of water ski instructing in tahoe and ski instructing in Steamboat, CO) he completed his medical education at University of California San Diego and returned to Stanford where he completed residency training in emergency medicine and was a chief resident. During medical school and residency he focused his research on high altitude physiology and completed an RCT showing ibuprofen may be helpful in AMS prophylaxsis.
Other experiences include working aboard the USNS Mercy (a military hospital ship) during the humanitarian aid Pacific Partnership 2008 mission. Partnering with Stanford physicians and an NGO, he worked in Cambodia as part of a long-term project to improve emergency medical care in Cambodia. He returned back to lebanon in 2012 and helped with the development of the American University of Beirut Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum - one of the first emergency medicine residency programs in the middle east. He has joined the lebanese order of physicians and plans on returning annually to teach the residents there. Nicholas also served as a physician on the Racing the Planet ultramarathon through the deserts of Jordan.
His academic interests include high altitude medicine, snow immersion and cold injuries, and wilderness education. He is conversant in arabic, french, and spanish. When not working you may find him skiing, kayaking, biking, hiking, surfing, wakeboarding, climbing, or travelling -- but is interested adding more to this list while in Utah.