Our Medical Advisors

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Joseph J. Schlesinger, M.D.

Dr. Schlesinger is an Associate Professor in the Department of 

Anesthesiology and Division of Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University School 

of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Music 

with a concentration in Jazz Piano Performance from Loyola University in 

New Orleans, Dr. Schlesinger earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the 

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed 

residency training in Anesthesiology followed by a fellowship in 

Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University. 


While in training, Dr. Schlesinger became a B.H. Robbins scholar. 

Dr. Schlesinger’s research interests include multi-sensory integration, human factors, aural perception, temporal precision, alarm development, patient monitoring, and medical education. This work led to the prestigious 2014 Education Specialty Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Besides his publication history in high-impact scientific journals, Dr. Schlesinger is a patented inventor and has been featured on the podcast “99 percent invisible,” CNN Health, and the New York Times.

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Yoanna Skrobik, M.D., FRCP(c), MSc, FCCM

Professor of Medicine 

Chair, Lise et Jean Saine critical care chair, Université de Montréal

Clinician Scientist, McGill University

Professor, Queens University

Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine


Yoanna Skrobik is an internist and intensivist with a pharmacology degree. 

She is interested in analgesia, sedation and delirium, how their related 

preventive and therapeutic interventions relate to cognition, and in 

targeting outcomes that are meaningful to patients. Her recent research 

focuses on drug exposure- a potentially modifiable element-in frail individuals. 


She co-authored the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2013 Pain, Anxiety, and Delirium in Intensive Care Guidelines, the SCCMs 2017 Family-Centered Care in the Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult ICU Guidelines, and vice-chaired the 2018 Pain, Agitation, Delirium, Immobility and Sleep Guidelines. She invited ICU survivors to the 2018 panel and encouraged considering non-pharmacological approaches like music in the guideline recommendations. The SCCM sent her to the Medical Musician Initiative conference in 2018, and she is honoured to now be on the organization’s medical advisory board.