Dr. Stephen Archer is Head of the Department of Medicine and holds the C. Franklin and Helene K. Bracken Chair. He is a physician scientist and a graduate of Queen’s University (Meds ‘81). He is a practicing cardiologist who specializes in the care of patients with various forms of pulmonary hypertension. His other interests include strategies for improving cardiovascular care and training the next generation of physician-scientists. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and is an avid hockey player, guitarist and coffee drinker.
After training at the Royal Columbian Hospital in BC and the Minneapolis Veteran Affairs Medical Center he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1988. He spent a decade on faculty and attained the rank of Professor under the guidance of his mentor and friend, Dr. E.K. Weir. He then served as Chief of Cardiology and H&S Chair for Northern Alberta at the University of Alberta (1998-2007) and Chair of Cardiology and Harold Hines Jr Professor at the University of Chicago (2007-12). Dr. Archer then returned to Queen’s University as the Head of Medicine and Program Medical Director for Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Archer directs a CIHR-funded research lab. He investigates the role of mitochondria, both as oxygen sensors and regulators of cell proliferation and apoptosis and more recently as participants in the lung injury of COVID-19. He has over 300 publications and his H-index is 109, with approximately >48,000 citations. His research focuses on exploring cellular and molecular mechanisms of oxygen sensing and mitochondrial metabolism and dynamics. He also develops experimental therapeutics for pulmonary hypertension and cancer. He has mentored over 70 trainees, many of whom are leaders in science and medicine.
Dr. Archer is the founder and Scientific Director of the Queen’s CardioPulmonary Unit (QCPU), which is a $8 million dollar, state of the art 8000 translational research facility, with a Bench-to-Bedside philosophy. QCPU is designed to support faculty and trainees who perform heart, lung, blood and vascular research. QCPU is comprised of a state-of-the-art basic science research facility that is complemented by an onsite KHSC satellite clinic and echocardiography laboratory which does over 100 clinical studies per year and also supports research clinical trials. Along with Dr. Stephen Vanner, he co-founded TIME (the Translational Institute of Medicine), a research institute at Queen’s University.
His translational cardiovascular research has been recognized with numerous awards, including being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and being awarded Distinguished Scientist Awards from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. He received the AFMC President’s Award for Exemplary National Leadership in Academic Medicine and was named the Chicago American Heart Association Coeur d’Or recipient in 2013 for leading the establishment of a prehospital STEMI care network in Chicago.